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Donald Trew McVicker

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S/SGT Donald T. McVicker


Donald Trew McVicker was born on April 26, 1922, in Hamilton, Ohio to Opal Trew, age 21, and Luther Scholl McVicker, age 26. A native of Darrtown, Ohio, Donald Trew McVicker died in 1944, in the Netherlands, when he was 22 years old.

The following item appeared in the Hamilton Journal (circa 1944):

"Report Death of McVicker: Mr. and Mrs. Luther S. McVicker, R. R. 2, Oxford, were informed in a war department telegram that their son, Staff Sergeant Donald Trew McVicker, age 22, was killed in action, August 5, over Germany. He had been listed as missing."

DEATH NOTICE

The following item appeared in the Hamilton Journal (circa 1944):

"Report Death of McVicker: Mr. and Mrs. Luther S. McVicker, R. R. 2, Oxford, were informed in a war department telegram that their son, Staff Sergeant Donald Trew McVicker, age 22, was killed in action, August 5, over Germany. He had been listed as missing."

OBITUARY

BELOW: This image show the Donald McVicker headstone that stands in the Darrtown cemetery.

The inscription reads:

MCVICKER

IN Memory of

S/sgt Donald t. Mcvicker , 1922-1944

who gave his life in world war ii

interred plot m, row 10

grave 15

margraten, holland

RECOLLECTIONS

The following recollections provide a glimpse of the personality of Donald Trew McVicker.

FROM LESTER BAUMANN, WHO LIVED ON A FARM ACROSS THE ROAD FROM THE MCVICKER FAMILY:


"Yes, I knew Donald McVicker VERY WELL. We saw each other nearly every day, for several years. I think he was about 4 or maybe 5 years older than I was. We used to nail pieces of old wooden shutters together and call the mess an* airplane. Don was airplane-happy . It was the ONLY thing on his mind. Just before he went into the Army Air Corps, he was working (in their basement) on a full-sized glider. I remember the wing being almost finished, covered with muslin, etc. I think It just may have been operational - if the Army hadn't gotten him.


Don had enlisted in the CPT (Civilian Pilot Training) at Miami University.  The Navy had theirs, too - but Don chose the Army. He had hoped to be a pilot, but his eyesight wasn't up to par. You need GOOD depth perception and I think that was what sunk his boat, so to speak.


He ended up a gunner on a B-24 Liberator. Luther said that he had been informed by the War Department that the plane was missing in action on it's VERY FIRST MISSION. Don't know for sure. I guess nothing was ever found of the wreckage. May have gone down in the English Channel."

FROM DALE BUFLER, WHO LIVED IN DARRTOWN AND WAS ABOUT SEVEN YEARS YOUNGER THAN DONALD.


When asked if he remembered Donald McVicker, Dale said that indeed he did.


Dale shared a story that collaborates the tale told by Lester Baumann (above) regarding Donald McVicker's youthful desire to fly.  Dale described the time that he and a couple of other boys from Darrtown helped Donald start the process of actually building a glider that he, Donald, would pilot.


Under Donald's leadership, the boys began collecting the necessary materials, which consisted primarily of wooden 2x4's, nails, and linen sheets. The grand plan was to construct a glider of sorts that Donald would guide though the air, after the other boys pushed it off one of the higher bluffs along Darr's Run - behind the McVicker property.


Things progressed to the point that Donald's father, Luther McVicker, finally had to intervene, by offering cautionary, fatherly advice, delivered in that calm cadence that was so typical of Luther; something along the lines of, "Boys, ... I don't think this is a very good idea."

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