759th Railway Operating Battalion John Leonard Donahue

759 PFC John Leonard by cunningb

OBITUARY-THE PAWNEE REPUBLICAN BURCHARD BOY KILLED IN FRANCE MARCH 28. Mr. and Mrs. John Donahue of Burchard, yesterday received a telegram from the war department at Washington notifying them that their son, PFC. John Leonard Donahue, was killed in a vehicle accident in France March 28. He had been in service three years and had spent two years overseas, serving with the 759th Railway Operating Battalion. He was 33 years old. Leonard began his training at Camp Robinson, Ark., later transferring to Camp Clairborne, La. He returned to Camp Robinson for a short time before going overseas. His first service overseas was in the North African campaign. later he saw action in Sicily, Italy and France, going into that country with the amphibious invasion through southern France. Sometime after landing in France he was returned to a hospital in Italy to recover from burns suffered in action. He returned to duty with his unit about four months ago. In addition to his parents, he is survived by four brothers and four sisters, Sheriff Michael J. Donahue of Pawnee City, Tom Donahue of Lincoln, Cecil Donahue of Potlatch, Idaho, Eugene Donahue of Los Angeles, Mrs. Del Kirkendoll of Blue Springs, Mrs. Nate Roberts of Liberty, Mrs. William Sivey of Butte, Mont., and Mrs. Elmer Hart of Lincoln. This is the second war fatality in the Donahue family in less than three months. PVT. Charles Donahue, son of Sheriff and Mrs. Donahue, was killed in action in France Jan. 16. He was serving with an artillery unit of the 7th Army.

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