Publicity photo of PFC Donald C. Ross, taken in England
just prior to D-Day, possibly as part of events staged
at Exeter Airfield on the afternoon of June
5, 1944 for filming by the Signal Corps
Donald Ross trained in I Company, 3rd BN, 506th PIR
at Camp Toccoa and Fort Benning. He was reassigned to HQ, 3rd
BN, at Camp Mackall when he became the HQ, 3rd BN bugler.
At the same time 3rd Battalion Commander LTC Robert L. Wolverton
made Donald the company bugler, LTC Wolverton also designated
Donald as his personal "bodyguard." However,
a TO did not exist for either position, so Donald effectively
"did not exist."
PFC Ross jumped as a member of D-Day Stick#2, but was
shot coming down, and landed in a German command post. He was
taken prisoner, was with George
Rosie as a POW, eventually escaped, and fought with Czech
resistance fighters until the Allies found him.
Sharon discovered this photo of her father at the Airborne
Museum in Sainte Mere Eglise on a 2000 trip to Normandy. The
museum gave her a medal to give to Donald Ross with their thanks
when she returned home. Sharon worked with her father during
the last few months of his life so that she could write a book
about his experiences during WWII.