Plymouth County

Pvt. Donald Jennings



To Be Held On Sunday Afternoon

Memorial services for Pvt. Donald Jennings, who was killed in a plane crash at Chengtu, China, December 25, will be held Sunday afternoon, January 7, at 2:30, at the Church of the Nazarene. Rev. A. Ulmet, pastor of the church, will be in charge of the services.

Donald Jennings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jennings, was born in LeMars and grew to manhood here, graduating from the LeMars high school.

The survivors are his parents; three brothers, Sgt. Walter Jennings, Pratt, Kansas; Robert C. Jennings, S2/c, somewhere in the southwest Pacific; and Charles S., Sunnyside, Calif.; and a sister, Leona.

Sgt. Walter Jennings arrived Wednesday evening and will be here for the memorial services.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, January 5, 1945


Approximately 175 local residents paid their last respects to a local youth, Donald Jennings, who made the supreme sacrifice of his nation. This service was held Sunday, January 7, in the LeMars Church of the Nazarene with the pastor, the Rev. Aleck G. Ulmet, officiating. Special music was furnished by Mrs. Clarence Reeves Jr., soloist, and Mrs. George Reeves who accompanied her at the piano. Mrs. Reeves sang “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” and “Only Wait.” Rev. Ulmet spoke briefly on a test from Isaiah 61:1-3. His subject was, “To Comfort All Who Mourn.” He read from the nineteenth Psalm and the fourteenth chapter of St. John’s Gospel for the scripture reading. Immediately following the prayer of benediction, C. B. Plummer, representing the American Legion, presented Mrs. Walter Jennings, mother of the boy, with a large American flag. Immediately following this ceremony, “Taps” was blown outside the church which formed a touching conclusion to the service. The American Legion, which attended the service in a body, formed two lines in the vestibule while those in attendance filed out between them.

Source: LeMars Sentinel, January 12, 1945