In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
Donald Eugene Antrim
Bryant, South Dakota
Hamlin County
September 21, 1923 – March 16, 1944
Died of Wounds at Anzio Beachhead, Italy

Donald Eugene Antrim

Donald Eugene Antrim was born September 21, 1923, in Meade County, South Dakota, to Edward and Lillian Antrim. Edward, a WW I veteran, died in March of 1929. Donald’s mother later married Carl Waldow. Donald was raised and educated in Bryant, South Dakota, graduating from Bryant High School in 1941. Donald is remembered as being interested in “trains and mechanical things” and was “very friendly, good-natured, eager to help, with a good sense of humor.” He went to Waukesha, Wisconsin, to work in the defense industry until he entered the service.

On February 15, 1943, Donald Antrim entered active service at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was first sent to Camp Walters, Texas, for infantry training. From there he volunteered for the paratroopers; he was accepted and trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, and received his wings on June 25, 1943. At the end of July of 1943, Private Antrim was sent overseas and assigned to the 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion.

While overseas, Pvt. Antrim was assigned to “five different camps in North Africa and two in Italy.” He landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 22, 1944. On March 14, 1944, Donald wrote home, “I am glad to die for my country and for freedom if God calls me. None of us who die are dying in vain. All we ask is that you whom we love can live in peace in return for our fighting.” On March 15, 1944, Pvt. Donald Antrim was wounded in action on Anzio Beachhead. He died the following day; he was just twenty years old.  A War Department letter written in 1947 to Donald’s mother said, “…he received severe shell fragment wounds of the chest, abdomen and right shoulder in action 15 March 1944 near Carano, Italy, on the Anzio Beachhead. He was immediately evacuated to a hospital and received the very best medical care available, but death occurred the following day as a result of those wounds.” 

Private Donald Antrim is buried at Plot G, Row 9, Grave 7, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by Nora Fiekens, Barnard, SD, cousin, of Donald Antrim, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and the Hamlin County News, 5/26/44 issue.