In Memory Of

Donald Ellis Crane

PFC - E3 - U.S. Army
Age 24, Single
Delta Company
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Divison, Airmobile
Born: September 29, 1941
From Stillwater, Pennsylvania
Tour began August 16, 1965
Died: Wednesday, November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley - South Vietnam
Cause: Multiple Fragmentation Wounds

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.