Donald Robert Dudley

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  • Name: Donald Robert Dudley
  • Location of Birth: Albert Lea, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 15, 1924
  • Date of Death: April 29, 1993 (69 years old)
  • Parents: Kenneth Dudley and Dorothy (McAllister) Dudley
  • High School and Class: attended schools in Albert Lea, Minnesota
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  • Branch: Army
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  • Date Sworn In: July 12, 1944 (Enlistment Date)
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: January 31, 1946 (Release Date)
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  • Military Highlights:
    Donald served in the United States Army during World War II in the Philippines and occupied Japan.

    Information from World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946:
    Name: Donald R. Dudley
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Rank: Private
    Birth Year: 1924
    Nativity State or Country: Minnesota
    Citizenship: Citizen
    Residence: Freeborn, Minnesota
    Education: 1 year of high school
    Civil Occupation: Semiskilled occupations in slaughtering and in preparation of meat products
    Enlistment Date: July 12, 1944
    Enlistment Place: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
    Branch: No branch assignment
    Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
    Source: Civil Life

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Donald married Lilian A. Stanzuk on June 30, 1941, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea, Minnesota. He was a member of First Lutheran Church until he retired and moved to a cabin on Bowstring Lake in Itasca County, Minnesota.

    Donald and his wife owned the Lakeview Grocery Store in Albert Lea, Minnesota for 15 years. He retired from the Albert Lea Fire Department in 1975, after serving as a fire fighter for 27 years.

    Donald spent the last 18 winters in Mission, Texas.

    He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Eagles Club.

    Preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, David and Billy.

    He is survived by his wife, Lillian; five children, Donna Johnson and Peggy Haskins, Cindy Hamber, David Dudley, and Tony Dudley; fifteen grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Rose Barrus, Mary Elvebak; and Jean Lunde.

    Donald died at Veteran's Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery at Albert Lea, Minnesota. No photo of grave marker is available at this time.

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