Donald Lester WEMPLE

Male 1917 - 1943  (25 years)


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  • Name Donald Lester WEMPLE 
    Born 17 Oct 1917  Gloversville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 23 Jun 1943  Died while flying the Hump. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4491  Wemple Family Ancestry
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 

    Father George Lester WEMPLE,   b. 07 Jan 1874, Mayfield, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Mar 1956, Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Alice VAN ALLEN,   b. Abt 1875,   d. Mar 1943, Gloversville, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Married 09 Sep 1896 
    Family ID F1330  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Doris JOHNSON,   b. Abt 1917, of Amsterdam, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1941 
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F2178  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He graduated from Gloversville High School in 1935, and from Colgate University in 1939. He won national Collegiate football ranking, and played in the annual East-West Football Game in San Francisco in 1939. He then played pro football for a year with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the National Football League.

      He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in the fall of 1941 and was placed on reserve. He was called to active duty on January 13, 1942 and received his flight training in Georgia and Florida. He was ordered overseas in April of 1943. At the time of his death, he held the rank of Lieutenant and was stationed in India and flew between India and China, flying over the 'hump,' when his plane was struck by enemy fire and crashed. He was accorded full military honors during his burial at his assigned station in India. GJW


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