Black, Donald Aubrey, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
757-Radio Gunner
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Primary Unit
1942-1943, 757, VMSB-143
Service Years
1942 - 1943

Private 1st Class


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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Memorial Marker at Belleville-Bourland Cemetery, Courtney, Oklahoma.

Casualty Date
Jul 26, 1943
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Solomon Islands
World War II
Location of Interment
Fort William McKinley Cemetery - Taguig City, Manila, Philippines
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Tablets of the Missing

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World War II FallenWW II Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2016, WW II Memorial National Registry

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Combat Air Crew w/3 Silver Stars

 Unit Assignments
  1942-1943, 757, VMSB-143
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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Last Known Activity

Donald Aubrey Black, or "Sonny", as he was called was awarded the Purple Heart, Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He was born Jan 30th, 1925 in Frederick, OK to Fines and Alice (Smith) Black. His father Fines moved the family to the Black home place at Belleville, near Courtney when Sonny was a young boy.

Sonny spent only a few years at Belleville, living mostly with his mother near Frederick after his parents divorced when he was about five. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home to California. He grew into a young man just over 6' tall with auburn hair and blue eyes.

On May 8, 1942 Sonny enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps at Dallas, TX and was sent into action in the Pacific. He was a radio gunner in a fighter plane when his plane was shot down. He survived and made it to Australia where he was sent back into action participating in battles in the Consolidation of the Southern Solomon Islands in 1943 from Feb 15th to May 31st, and again June 19th and 20th. He participated in the battle of the New Georgia Group Operation from July 20th to the 26th. On July 26th, 1943 Sonny Black gave his life in defense of his country when his plane was shot down over the Pacific. His remains were never recovered.

Donald Aubrey Black appears on a list of servicemen killed in action at the United States Military Cemetery at Fort William McKinley in Manila, Philippines. Sonny's sister Helen keeps his Purple Heart and Air Medals in a small box along with a letter from Sonny she received after his death. Helen could never bring herself to open the letter and it remains unopened to this day. 
He was with VMSB-143

There is a Memorial Stone for him at:
Belleville-Bourland Cemetery, Courtney, OK
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