Lyon County

Donald H. McKisick





Staff Sgt. Frank McKisick, 33, formerly assistant cashier at the First State bank in this city, was killed Feb. 9, in the south Pacific war theater, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. E. McKisick of Rock Rapids, Iowa have been notified.

Sergeant McKisick who went into the service in March, 1942, was last reported in New Guinea in news received by friends in this city. Details of his death have not yet been learned.
Before going into the army air forces, the sergeant served as assistant cashier at the First State bank where he had been employed for five years. He was very active in social and civic organizations in this city, having been exalted ruler of the lks lodge here shortly before entering service. He was also an officer in the Junior Chamber of Commerce and active in the senior chamber.

Sergeant McKisick was located for nearly two years at Lowrie Field, Colo., where he was an instructor in armoring bombers. During this time he suffered a serious back injury in an accident while assisting with loading bombs on a plane, and he was in a hospital there for approximately six months. He had been oerseas for less than a year.

A brother, Don, was killed several months ago in the Pacific war theater.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Feb. 23, 1945


In memory of Frank McKisick, formerly of Webster City, and his brother, Don McKisick, the Rock Rapids municipal airport has been named McKisick Field following a dedication program held a week ago Sunday.

Both servicemen, sons of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. McKisick of Rock Rapids, were killed in action in the Southwest Pacific. Frank McKisick was employed at the First State Bank in Webster City prior to entering service.

J. J. Walters of Sheldon spoke at the dedication program as did O. J. Reimer of Rock Rapids.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA, Monday, November 5, 1945

Donald Harry McKisick was born June 19, 1912 to George Earnest and Cora Redmond McKisick. He died June 17, 1944 and is buried in Manila American Cemetery, Taguig City, Philippines.

Sgt. McKisick served in World War II with the U.S. Army 20th Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division and died of wounds received in action in Maffin Bay, New Guinea.