Donovan (Don) W. Rulien

Capt. Don Rulien Assigned to Duty
Captain Donovan W. Rulien, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Rulien of 902 Fifth Avenue, Eau Claire, WI, recently arrived at the Big Spring Bombardier School and has been assigned to duty, Colonel Ralph C. Rockwood, Commanding Officer, has announced.

A graduate of Eau Claire High School, the Captain attended the University of Florida, where he was a member of Pi Delta Sigma Fraternity and was awarded an A.A. Degree. 

A bombardier, he is a veteran of combat action in the Tunisian, Italian, and Sicilian Campaigns.

Missing in North African Theater
Captain Donovan W. Rulien, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Rulien, 902 Fifth Avenue, is reported "missing in action" in the North African area in a list of 574 additional Army casualties announced by the War Department Saturday. There are eight other Wisconsin men on the list, which includes all theaters of operation.

Captain Rulien entered the service in October 1941 and received his wings as a bombardier in the Air Corps and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in May 1942. He later was promoted to First Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain, after the conquest of North Africa, in which his squadron was active from the start.

Lt. Don Rulien Writes From Africa; Asks News from Home  
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First Lieutenant Don W. Rulien, of 310 Bomb Group, 379th Squadron (Doolittle's Squadron, by the way) is now in service in North Africa, according to a letter just received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Rulien, 902 Fifth Avenue.

The letter is dated December 26, the day after Christmas, and among the requests he makes is that he hopes, in the long letter he is expecting from home, will be a lot "about Christmas at home, what the tree was like," etc.

There are, he says, a lot of things be would like to tell about, but the censors won't permit it.

Lieutenant Rulien, who was recently promoted to a First Lieutenancy from the rank of Second Lieutenant, got his wings last April and is now a bombardier and navigator.

Text of Letter
The text of his letter, in part, follows:

"It has been a long time since I have written, I know, but we have been on the move so much that the censors would not let us write. I would like very much to tell you where I have been, but all I can tell you is that I am in North Africa."

He still hadn't received any mail from home, he says, or from the States since September 26, "except the letter which I would not have received except that it was mislaid and got into the wrong channels."

Water Scarce
"I am well and healthy," he adds, "and dirty, as I use all the water I get to drink, but I don't have any real gripes yet because they still feed me."

He also says that, from now on, he  will be sending most of his money home, "as there is no place here to spend it and, as we get paid in francs, it gets pretty bulky to carry around."

Like most of the boys in the service, young Don hungers for letters from home. "I sure hope," he said, "that you have sent me a letter about a mile long, telling me about Christmas at home and everything you got, what the tree was like, and what kind of weather you had. I would like to get a letter from home now and then.

"This is all the paper [?] I have at present, but I hope to do better the next time I write, as about all I am permitted to say could be put on the back of a stamp."

Capt. Don Rulien Missing 9 Months, Arrives in States
Parents Receive Wire from Washington
Captain Don W. Rulien, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Rulien, 902 Fifth Avenue, missing over Italy since last August, is at Washington, DC and will be home in a few days, according to a telegram received by his parents.

This is the first word they had received since the official War Department notification that he was missing. He was a bombardier and was reported missing at the time of the invasion of Italy.

His parents are expecting a long distance call from him at Washington this evening.

Captain Rulien entered the service three years ago and received his wings at Albuquerque, NM in 1941.

Captain Rulien is Silent About War Adventures
Captain Don Rulien, United States Army Air Corps, who arrived in the United States last week, after he had been listed as missing since last August, when he took part in the invasion of Italy, is spending a leave at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rulien, 902 Fifth Avenue.

Captain Rulien telephoned to his family from Washington, DC and arrived home Tuesday.

About his adventures during the time he was missing, the War Department will not let him talk, he said. He was uninjured and is in good health. He will leave for Miami, FL on June 14 for further assignment. He is a bombardier.

Capt. Don Rulien Awarded DFC
Captain Donovan W. Rulien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rulien, 502 Union Street, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for leading an attack on an enemy airdrome on Sardinia on May 21, 1943.

A bombardier on a B-24 Liberator bomber, Captain Rulien entered the service in June 1941 and went overseas in August 1942. He participated in the African, Sicilian, and Italian Campaigns, completing 45 missions over enemy territory before being shot down on August 19, 1943 over Italy. He was missing nine months but escaped from enemy hands and returned to the United States on May 1, 1944.

Among the awards which he has previously received are the Presidential Unit Citation, the Purple Heart, the Flying Cross, the Air Medal, and subsequent Oak Leaf Clusters.

At present, he is a bombardier instructor in Texas.