Capt Donald Root Strother

Capt Donald Root Strother

Birth
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Death 13 Feb 1942 (aged 29)
Burial Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA
Plot Union Cemetery section
Memorial ID 14974454 · View Source
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Donald Root Strother, the youngest of the five children, arrived in Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941, right after the Japanese attack. His group was forced to divert to a new route via Brazil, Cairo, Iran, India and Java where it was halted at Malang on January 18, 1942 due to the deteriorating situation in the Philippines. Don completed thirteen missions and was promoted to Captain and awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on Feb. 13. 1942. He died from wounds and was buried at Malang, Java shortly before all US forces were withdrawn to Australia. An Air Corps training facility near Winfield, Kansas, was named Strother Field in Don's honor.
(Houses of Strother Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 3, Apr 2001.)
Burial: U. S. Military Cemetery,Malang,JAVA

DSC Citation Synopsis
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Air Corps) Donald R. Strother (ASN: 0-21643), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a B-17 Heavy Bomber in the 7th Bombardment Group (H), TENTH Air Force, while participating in a bombing mission on 8 February 1942, against enemy targets in the Southwest Pacific Theater of Operations. On that date, Captain Strother was Pilot of one of nine heavy bombers sent out to bomb Kendari, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies. When Captain Dufrane, the flight leader, was shot down in flames, Captain Strother immediately moved into the lead. The enemy's fire in a second attack knocked out one engine, damaged another, and blew out the hydraulic system of his plane. Despite this damage, Captain Strother managed to return his bomber safely to base. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Captain Strother on this occasion have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 10th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.
NOTE: bio info provided by Contributor: BarryC (47806468)


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  • Created by: Judy Mayfield
  • Added: 18 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14974454
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Donald Root Strother (26 Oct 1912–13 Feb 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14974454, citing Union Cemetery, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Judy Mayfield (contributor 46636512) .