Army Badge
  • Name: Donald "Don" Henry Lehto
  • Location of Birth: Marble, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: July 13, 1930
  • Date of Death: October 1, 1950
  • Parents: Henry Lehto & Sylvia (Korte) Lehto
  • High School and Class: 1949 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: PFC (Private First Class)
  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: December 7, 1949
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    October 1, 1950 Headquarters Bettery, 555th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Regimental Combat Team
  • Military Awards:
    Korean Service Medal
    United Nations Service Medal
    National Defense Service Medal
    Korean Presidential Unit Citation
    Korean War Service Medal

  • Military Highlights:
    PFC Donald Lehto died on October 1, 1950 from other causes near Taejon, South Korea, although some reports list him as Killed in Action.

    He was a student at Virginia Junior College when he enlisted in the Army in December 1949. That was six months after his graduation from Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota, where he was salutatorian of his class. He had been a former carrier for the Minneapolis Star in his home town of Marble, Minnesota and in 1948 he was one of the three top winners of the Minneapolis Star World Affairs quiz.

    Don is survived by his parents; a sister, Shirley McAlpine; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Korte. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, Minnesota.

  • Wars Involved:
    Korean War

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