Donald R. Garton

Eau Claire Boy Helped Capture Gilbert Islands

Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Garton, 536 Germania Street, have received word from their son, Private First Class Donald Garton, that he took part in the successful invasion of the Gilbert Islands and is safe and well.

Donald enlisted in the Marines, here, on December 15, 1941, and this was his third Christmas away from home. A friend, Hobart Knowlton, is with him, he writes, but Charles Peak, who enlisted with him, was recently discharged because of an infection that developed in the South Pacific jungles.

Donald took part in the battle of Guadalcanal in addition to the seizure of the Gilberts from the Japs.

He reports that Christmas boxes arrived okay and were very welcome. All the boys want mail more than anything else he states.  


PROMOTED
Donald R. Garton, U.S. Marine Corps, has been promoted from Private First Class to Corporal, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Garton, 536 Germania Street. Corporal Garton has served in the South Pacific for the past two years.


Donald Garton Is Malaria Patient in South Pacific
Corporal Donald R. Garton, 19, of the Marine Corps, is recovering from malaria at an unknown station in the Southwest Pacific, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. Roy Garton, 536 Germania Street.

Corporal Garton enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 15, 1941 and has been in the South Pacific for over two years. He has participated in the battles of Saipan, Guadalcanal, and Tarawa.


CPL. DONALD GARTON
Corporal Donald Garton, son of Mrs. Roy Garton, who enlisted in the Marine Corps on December 15, 1941, eight days after Pearl Harbor, has served nearly 35 months in the South Pacific without a furlough.

He is a member of a unit of the Fifth Marine Division.