In Memory of
Marine Pfc.
Donald Armstrong
Kennebec, South Dakota
Lyman County 
May 22, 1923 – March 12, 1945
Killed in Action at Iwo Jima

 Donald Armstrong

Donald Armstrong was born May 22, 1923, at Kennebec, Lyman County, South Dakota. His parents were Lester and May Armstrong. Before entering the service, Donald lived with a sister and worked in a shipyard in Oregon.

On March 20, 1943, Donald entered active service at Omaha, Nebraska. He received his basic training in the Marines at San Diego, California, and was then transferred to Camp Pendleton, California, where he graduated from engineering school on July 31, 1943. Pfc. Armstrong was sent overseas on September 21, 1943, where he saw action at New Caledonia, Bougainville, and Guam.

Pfc. Donald Armstrong died while fighting at Iwo Jima on March 12, 1945.

This battle was fought when taking possession of Iwo Jima, a Japanese island in the Pacific Ocean. Pfc. Armstrong was with the U.S. Marines; he died along with 4,000 other American soldiers during the fierce fighting. This battle went down in history as one of the fiercest battles in the Pacific theater.

After the war, Donald Armstrong’s remains were returned to the United States and he is buried in the family Armstrong lots at the Kennebec Cemetery.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Charlie L. Broyles, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, May 7, 1999. Information for this entry was provided by Herb and Deanna Sundall of Kennebec, South Dakota.