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Capt. Donald R. Emerson - Fallen

Donald R. Emerson
Pembina, ND
County: Pembina
World War II - Fallen
Date of Loss: December 25, 1944 / Age: 21
Branch of Service: Air Force
Company/Division: 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group

Killed in action while flying a P-51 during the Battle of the Bulge. He was heading back to his base after a mission when he encountered six enemy planes. He managed to shoot two of them down, but as he crossed enemy lines flying close to the ground, he was struck by flak from anti-aircraft guns. His plane crashed in British-occupied territory in Belgium.

Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery. Received Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.