Donald Elwood Fleming

City Youth 'Missing' in Pacific Area
DONALD ELWOOD FLEMING
Donald Elwood Fleming, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Fleming, 632 Cochrane Street, is "missing in action," according to word received Friday by his parents from the Navy Department. 

The telegram, received by Henry J. Fleming, follows: 

"The Navy Department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, Donald Elwood Fleming, Fireman Third Class, United States Navy, is missing, following action in the performance of his duty and in the service of this country. The department appreciates your great anxiety and will furnish you further information promptly, when received. To prevent possible aid to our enemies, please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs, Chief of Bureau of Navigation.''

Donald enlisted in the Navy a year ago at the recruiting office in Minneapolis. The above picture he sent home, while stationed at Pearl Harbor in the Hawaiian Islands before outbreak of war. 

Mr. and Mrs. Fleming received their last letter from Donald on December 24. They heard from a friend of Donald's that he had been transferred, but they do not know whether he was on a ship or at some naval base in the Pacific war area, or what duty he was engaged in when reported as "missing."


Contributed by Harold (Diz) Kronenberg

Don Fleming, one of the top skiers in Eau Claire's Flying Eagles Ski Club, entered the Navy as a seventeen-year-old and, in a few short months, lost his life in the South Pacific.