Donald Joseph Kronenberg

Sergeant Harold J. Kronenberg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kronenberg, 637 Spring Street, has arrived somewhere in North Africa, according to word received by his parents.

He enlisted in the Air Corps as a gunner on October 19, 1942 and received his basic training at Jefferson Barracks, MO. He later attended the Las Vegas Gunnery School at Nevada, where he received his gunner's wings. Further training was received at MacDill Field, Tampa, FL; Dalbart, TX; Lowry Field, Denver, CO; and Pyote, Texas.

Sergeant Kronenberg is now serving as a First Armorer and Gunner on a B-17.

He has two brothers serving overseas: Staff Sergeant Donald Kronenberg, in England, and Corporal Wayne Kronenberg, who has served two years in New Guinea.

Military Chronology of Donald Kronenberg, as compiled by brother, Diz

  • Entered the service with neighbors, Francis Dignan and Tom Konesszny in 1940. Mom and Dad drove them to Fort Snelling in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was a preparatory school for youth but a prelude to the military, like ROTC.

  • Went to Scott Field in St. Louis, Missouri for pre-flight training. 

  • Transferred to Truax Field, Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Shipped to Macon, Georgia for further training. "Washed out" (not permitted to fly) because of an enlarged heart. 

  • Transferred to Kellogg, Michigan. 

  • Transferred from Kellogg to Tampa, Florida "Zebra Farm" (whatever that was)

  • Sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey and on to Edinburgh, Scotland. 

  • Traveled by train to an air base near Norwich, England. 

  • While in Norwich, Diz got a two-day pass and visited Donald.

  • Wanted some action and, since he wasn't permitted to fly, he asked for a transfer to the Infantry.

  • Infantry request granted; joined the 106 Blue Ridge Mountain outfit and traveled with Patton's Army in a tour through Europe.

  • Discharged from Camp McCoy, Wisconsin in 1945.