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News of attack’s victims sought

Published: Saturday, July 13, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST

TAMPICO – Members of the Tampico Historical Society are looking for information about Army soldier Donald P. Dronenberg, who died during World War II.

Dronenberg was born July 26, 1918, in Fairfield Township in Bureau County. He became a technical sergeant with the Army. Dronenberg died Dec. 25, 1944, when the S.S. Leopoldville, a troop ship he was aboard, was sunk by a German U-boat in the English Channel. A photo of Dronenberg is in a military album at the historical society, 119 Main St.

Dronenberg lived near New Bedford, was baptized at Tampico Church of Christ, and his memorial service was at the Methodist church in Prophetstown. At the time of the 1945 memorial, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Dronenberg; two sisters, one in Princeton (Mrs. Donald Peterson); a nephew (Eldon Peterson) in Princeton; and a grandmother (Kate Brady) in Rock Island were living.

Any relatives of Dronenberg, or descendants of other people who died in the Leopoldville’s sinking, are asked to contact Denise McLoughlin at tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com (with Leopoldville in the subject line) or 815-590-2143.

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