In Memory of
Kennebec, South Dakota
May 22, 1923 – March 12, 1945
Killed in Action at Iwo Jima
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.
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.
Donald Armstrong died while fighting at Iwo Jima on March 12, 1945.
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.
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.