Donald J. Daigler

Donald J. Daigler was drafted and inducted into the US Army on July 23, 1952.  He entered as a Private.  His service to his country was for a period of one year, nine months and one day.

He had advanced tank training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  He was assigned to the 7th “Hourglass” Infantry Division, 17th Infantry Regiment Headquarter Company. He was selected as the company commander’s gunner on an “Easy Eight” Sherman tank, and he was involved in some of the heaviest fighting at Pork Chop Hill among other battles.  His most significant duty assignment was HQ Company 9th Infantry Division.

He was field-promoted to sergeant and decorated with the Korean Service Medal with two bronze service stars, a United Nations Service Medal for Korea, a National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation and a Combat Infantry Badge.  He was inducted into the 7th Infantry Division Order of the Bayonet for performance above and beyond the call of duty.

He was honorably discharged on April 23, 1954 to the Army Reserve where he completed eight years of service under the UMTS Act.

Military Branch:  Army

Years Enlisted:  1952-1954

Honors:  Bronze Star and Medal of Honor