Donald Cole - Corporal

Rank: Corporal
Date Of Birth: Jul 14, 1944
Date Of Death: May 12, 1945
War / Conflict: World War II
Hometown: Waterloo, Iowa
Gold Star Hall - Wall Location: West Wall (by Entrance Door)


Year at ISU: 1946

Private First Class Donald Edward Cole was born in Waterloo, Iowa to Robert A. Cole and Mary Louise Peek. He grew up in Moline, Illinois, and then attended Iowa State College in the fall of 1942. Donald pledged himself to the Sigma Chi fraternity.

During the war, he served with Company I, 382nd Infantry, 96th Division.

During the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines, he was killed in action on October 25, 1944. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.