In Memoriam - Donald L. Bernardy

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In Memoriam: Donald L. Bernardy
1920 - 1942

Pfc. Donald L. Bernardy, of the U.S. Marine Corps, died of malaria while a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines. Pfc. Bernardy was the first Marinette man reported missing in action.

Pfc. Bernardy received his basic training at San Diego and was stationed on Guam for six months. Later he was wounded in China, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was captured by the Japanese in the defense of Bataan where he had been stationed for two months.

He was born in Marinette on April 25, 1920 and graduated from Marinette high school in 1939. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1940. He became a Japanese prisoner on the day prior to his twenty-second birthday.

Source: Marinette Eagle-Star
[submitted by his niece, Donna Setunsky]



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