Deeply regret to inform you that your son Private First Class Donald Mellins UMCR was Killed in Action on 15 September 1944 at Peleliu Island Palau Island in the performance of his duty and service of his country. Remains not recovered. To prevent possible aid to our enemies do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.
A rifleman of the 29th Regiment, Sixth Marine Division, creeping up on a Japanese sniper on Okinawa. The sniper was killed by the Marines after he had held up their advance up the mountainside by throwing hand grenades/25 April 1945