Notice in the 22 Nov 1945 Ida Grove paper:
Official Notice of Sons Death
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Tunberg received official notice from the war department Saturday morning in which announcement is made of the death of their son Pfc. Donald Tunberg. The message was as follows: The Secretary of War asked me to express his deep regret that your son Pfc. Donald Tunberg died in the Philippines on 16 July 1942 as the result of dysentary while a prisoner of war of the Japanese government.
I regret that official report received establishes his death. The long delay in advising you was occasioned solely by the failure of the Jap government to report your sons death. A confirming letter will follow." B. F. Vitzell, attorney general.
Notice in the 13 dec 1945 Ida Grove paper:
Memorial Services For Donald Tunberg
Memorial services were held for the late Pfc. Donald Tunberg in the high school auditorium at Arthur Sunday, 9 December 1945. Rev. L. Westlund assisted by Rev. John Hedlund and Rev. Carroll Peters officiated at the service. A solo "Is Rather Have Jesus Than Anything." by Miss Emma Anderson and a duet, "Shall I Find some Star I Wonder," by Mrs. R. Gustafson and Mrs. E. Anderson composed the special music. Full military honors were given outside the church by Company C, Iowa State Guard of Ida Grove.
Private first-class Donald Wayne Tunberg was born at Ida Grove, Iowa on 16 September 1922 to Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Tunberg. He attended grade school at Hayes District 2 and high school at Arthur. It was Donalds privilege to be reared in a Christian home and to be trained in spiritual things in the Evangelical Free church which at that time was located in the country just across the mile from his farm home. He attended the Crusaders Bible class of which Rev. Fred Stair was the leader. It was during this time at the age of 15 that he confessed Christ as his Saviour.
Donald assisted his father on the farm until 14 january 1941 when he enlisted in the coast artillery for overseas duty. He received his preliminary training at Angel Island, California where he remained until 31 march 1941 when he left our country for the Philippine Islands. He was assigned to Fort mills on Corregidor. Here in June 1941 he was promoted to Private first-class. He was on Corregidor until 6 May 1942 when it was taken by the japanese by whom he was placed in the Cabanatuan Prison Camp No. 3. Here two months later on 16 July 1942, donald died of dysentery. Word was received by his parents on 22 may 1942 that Donald was missing in action but it was not until 5 November 1945 that definite word of his passing came. First word of Donalds death came from Pfc Dale Minger of Wadena, Iowa who was an intimate buddy of donalds both on Corregidor and in the prison camp. Official government notification came on 17 November 1945.
In one of his last letters home, Donald said, "dont worry about me mother, if we dont meet again down here we will meet in Heaven." In this hope which is the "Hope of the Church of Jesus Christ," loved ones and friends await a reunion. donald leaves to mourn his passing, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Tunberg, and many other loved ones and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Gene, who passed away 24 may 1935. May the Triune God, who is the God of all comfort, comfort the hearts of all who feel this loss so keenly.