In Memory of
U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant
Donald F. Conger
Wagner, South Dakota
Charles Mix County
August 31, 1916 –July 26, 1945
Killed in Action in France

Donald F. Conger

Donald F. Conger was born on August 31, 1916, at Wagner, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, to Fred and Daisy Conger. He had a sister and a brother. Donald graduated from Wagner High School and before he entered the service, he worked in Chamberlain, South Dakota.

On June 19, 1942, Donald Conger entered active service at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. He was trained as a radioman in the Air Corps and was sent overseas to the European theater on May 15, 1943, stationed in England. In late 1944, Donald Conger married Irene Brown in Nottingham, England. They had a son, Robert Anthony, who was born days before Donald’s death.

On July 26, 1945, Staff Sergeant Donald Conger was killed when “the plane was apparently struck by lightning which overloaded the electrical system and the gas tank exploded. One wing and the motor were blown from the plane.”

Military services were held for the entire crew; they were buried in an overseas cemetery. Donald Conger’s name, however, is not shown as an overseas burial, so it is believed that his remains were returned to the United States after the war and buried locally.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a veteran’s bonus payment and the Daily Republic, issue 8/13/45.