PFC Donald Eugene Fleetwood,

Unknown Sailor

PFC Donald Eugene Fleetwood

Donald Eugene Fleetwood was born Nov. 14, 1921 in Wahkonsa Township, Webster County, Iowa north-northwest of Des Moines. His mother, Elizabeth Bort Fleetwood, was a homemaker and his father, Claude Fleetwood, operated a machine and supply business.

The son attended Fort Dodge High School as a member of the class of 1939.

He enlisted in the Marines on Sept. 9, 1940, and soon went aboard the U.S.S. Arizona. He was a private first class when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

Mr. Fleetwood was a member of the Arizona’s whale boat team, which was runner-up in the Pacific fleet championships in the fall of 1941.

His father served in the Army from July 1918 through February 1919.


Sources: Special thanks to the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Public Library for research help. Sources include: The Fort Dodge Messenger; Census; Iowa birth record; 1937 Fort Dodge High School yearbook; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs death file; Iowa Selective Service System. Marine photo. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.
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