Donald Motley Eckland

Navy Badge
  • Name: Donald Motley Eckland
  • Location of Birth: Remer, Cass County MN
  • Date of Birth: August 16, 1923
  • Date of Death: May 4, 1977 Contra Costra CA
  • Parents: Elmer Eckland & Lenora Warren Eckland
  • High School and Class: 1943 Greenway High School, Coleraine MN
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  • Highest Rank: Coxswain First Class
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: June 28, 1943
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  • Date of Discharge: February 22, 1946
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  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    U.S. Naval Construction, Battalion No. 67
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  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: MN
    Name: Donald Motley Eckland
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: August 16,1923
    Birth Place: Remer, Cass County Minnesota
    Residence Place: Coleraine Minnesota
    Registration Date: June 30, 1942
    Employer: Oliver Iron Mining Company
    Weight: 180
    Height: 6’3”
    Complexion: light
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Next of Kin: E.T. Eckland

    Itasca Iron News May 18, 1944: Don Eckland Rates a First Class Coxswain:

    Mr & Mrs E.T. Eckland of Coleraine are proud of a letter received late last week from the commander in charge of the US Naval construction battalion of which their son Donald is a member. The letter says that young Eckland, who graduated from Greenway high school a year ago, has been promoted to Coxswain first class. The letter reads in part:
    “*** I want to tell you that this advancement was based upon the recommendations of his company officers, Your son is an asset to US Naval Construction Battalion No. 67; a credit to himself and to his shipmates.

    **** By his own efforts, his own integrity, and his won competence, he has won the advancement. the letter was signed by the Commander.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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