The history of the men of 1/24 in World War II and beyond
Donald Jettenberg’s Blouse
When he turned eighteen on April 29, 1943, Donald LeRoy Jettenberg was a fairly typical Minnesota youth. Two and a half years later, he returned home having served in four Pacific campaigns, with two Purple Hearts and a corporal’s stripes.
Donald Jettenberg wore this blouse home in December, 1945. The corporal chevrons were detached at some point.
Corporal Jettenberg’s “fruit salad” of medals earned in two and a half years of service. He has the Purple Heart with Gold Star (wounded twice), the Presidential Unit Citation, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal (each star denotes one campaign) and the American Theater ribbon.
The “ruptured duck” affixed to the uniforms of all honorably discharged personnel.
Jettenberg’s corporal chevrons.
The name “D. L. Jettenberg” is still barely visible stamped into the blouse’s inner sleeve.