Crane, Donald Ellis, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1964-1965, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry /C Troop
Service Years
1964 - 1965

Private First Class

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Home State
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Hunlock Creek
Last Address
Stillwater (Huntington Township)

Casualty Date
Nov 17, 1965
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Pleiku (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sorber Cemetery - Shickshinny, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 073

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

Air Assault Badge 11th AAD 1964

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), A/1
 Unit Assignments
11th Airborne Division1st Cavalry Division2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry
  1964-1965, 11th Airborne Division
  1964-1965, 11th Air Assault Division (Test)
  1964-1965, 1st Cavalry Division/HHC
  1964-1965, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry (Airmobile) /C Company
  1964-1965, 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry /C Troop
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Operation Silver Bayonet I - Battle of the Ia Drang
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Born September 29, 1941 at Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania, Donald was from a family of 15 children, 8 boys and 7 girls. Donald's parents Walter and Erma lived in the Huntington Township area most of Donalds life. His father worked many jobs, including in coal mining, lumbering and factories.

The family lived in an old two story frame house without indoor plumbing or central heating, having to carry water for use in the home from an outside pump. He loved the outdoors, fishing and country music. His high school yearbook said that his aim was to be a bachelor. Before he entered the service he worked mainly at farming.

He was drafted into the Army on January 16, 1964 at Ft Jackson, South Carolina and did his AIT at Ft Gordon, Georgia in the infantry. He arrived at Ft Benning, Georgia in June 1964. Donald's MOS was changed and he joined the mortarmen in July 1965, a position he held until his death.

Donald was buried December 6, 1965 with full military honors, next to his mothers grave in the Sorber Cemetery at Reyburn.

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