Hamilton County

Pfc. Donald R. Gustafson



Pfc. Donald Gustafson Killed in Action Jan. 7

—Pfc. Donald R. Gustafson, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gustafson, was killed in action in Belgium, Jan. 7, his parents have been notified.

The Stratford soldier was previously reported missing in action. In the service since April, 1943 he had been overseas since August and was stationed in England for some time. Last word received from him was in a letter written Dec. 31.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Feb. 8, 1945

Funeral Rites Held for Donald Gustafson

Bells Mill—Reburial services were held December 30 for Pfc. Donald Gustafson, 20, in the Stratford school auditorium. Final internment was made in South Marion cemetery.

Rev. A. R. Westerhoff, pastor of the Baptist church officiated and military rites were conducted by the Frederick Sonksen American Legion post.

Pfc. Gustafson was killed in action January 7, 1945 at Bastogne, Belgium. He was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Gustafson of Stratford.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Jan. 5, 1949

Donald Raymond Gustafson was born June 24, 1924 to John Rudolph and Bertha Mae Lunbom Gustafson. He died Jan. 7, 1945 and is buried in the South Marion Cemetery, Stratford, IA.

Pfc. Gustafson served as a rifleman with the 17th Airborne, 193rd Glider Infantry. He was killed during the attack on Bastogne, Belgium on Jan. 7, 1945.

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