Navy Badge
  • Name: Donald "Dushy" Kirkes
  • Location of Birth: Taconite, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: April 12, 1926
  • Date of Death: April 27, 1993
  • Parents: Simo (Sam) Kirkes & Dujka "Julia" (Atlogic) Kirkes
  • High School and Class: Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: Y 3 (Yeoman Third Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: April 11, 1944
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: October 10, 1947
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  • Military Highlights:
    Donald served with the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Donald Kirkes served in law enforcement for many years, retiring as chief of police for the City of Coleraine in 1991. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine and the North Star Shrine Club, the Lions Club, the Eagles Club, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1061 of Bovey, the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Rifle Association, and National Police and Peace Officers Association. He was a member of St. Vasilije Eastern Orthodox Church in Chisholm and a member and past president of the Serb National Federation Lodge #242 of Bovey.

    Don died in Fridley, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Serbian Section - Block 54). He is survived by his wife, Sophie, daughter, Melanie (Wayne) Richards; a sister, Ellen Solomon; a brother, Richard Kirkes; and three grandchildren.

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