Donald Clash was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His mother, Viola Sims Clash, was a homemaker and his father, Daniel Clash, a trimmer at an auto company.
His parents were natives of Michigan and were back in Kingsford in the Upper Peninsula near Wisconsin by at least 1928.
The son enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 8, 1940. He was a fireman second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
A cousin, James Clash, was a tech sergeant in the Army when he was killed in Germany in March 1945.