|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1918|
Los Angeles County
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 1942|
Donald graduated from High School in 1936 and attended the local junior college for a year. He then transferred to San Bernardino Junior College where he completed his studies, and was a member of the track and soccer teams.
Worked at Gerrard's food markets in San Bernardino and Redlands prior to his enlistment December 16, 1941 at Los Angeles, CA as an Air Cadet in the Aviation Branch.
Army Serial Number 19063603, NARA Service ID O-663046. Primary training was taken at Kelly Field in Texas and basic flight instruction at Goodfellow Field, also in Texas. Graduated as a flying officer and Second Lieutenant from Moore Field, Texas on July 8, 1942 and assigned to the 78th Fighter Squadron, 18th Fighter Group in Hawaii.
Donald was happy to be assigned to Hawaii, loved his country and his work, and enjoyed the climate that was similar to California, where he had been raised.
Originally reported as Missing on December 11, 1942. On December 16, 1942 the report was changed to missing, died December 11, as a result of an airplane accident in Hawaii. His remains were unrecoverable, and status determined to be Died, Non Battle.
Donald's name is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu ABMC Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Survived by his mother, Eloise May Smead; step-father, Clarence B. Smead; two brothers, Robert W. and William Ray Hoover; and two sisters, Leona May (Hoover) Harwood and Mabel Eloise (Hoover) Reppy.
Father: Raleigh W. Hoover
Eloise May McAllister Smead (1877 - 1956)
Robert W Hoover (1914 - 1988)*
Donald Arthur Hoover (1918 - 1942)
On top of stone: CHEERIO
DONALD ARTHUR HOOVER
1918 - 1942
HE GAVE HIS LIFE TO THE PRESERVATION OF THE IDEALS OF HIS COUNTRY
Pomona Cemetery and Mausoleum
Los Angeles County
Created by: svh77
Record added: Dec 01, 2009
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