On 12 August 1945, Charles and Ruth Donnor got the worst news a parent can receive. A Navy telegram arrived at their home in Big Rapids, Michigan, informing them that their son, Clarence William Donnor, radio technician second class, was missing in action.1 No further information was given, but they were told more would follow. With World War II still ongoing, they were asked not to speak about the situation to avoid divulging information to the enemy. The news became more confounding when they learned Clarence was feared lost on the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA-35).
Setting the Record Straight: Loss of the USS Indianapolis and the Question of Clarence Donnor
By Richard Hulver and Sara Vladic