PILLMORE, Donald, SM3c

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Signalman 3rd Class
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SM-0000-Signalman
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Signalman
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1944-1946, SM-0000, USS Reeves (APD-52)
Service Years
1944 - 1946
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Panama Canal
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US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Golden Dragon


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Post 32
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SM/3c Donald Edison Pillmore
 
Following graduation from high school Don worked at Kuner Empson canning plant, the pea harvest and at Gates Rubber Co. At the age of 17 Don enlisted in the United States Navy, his Dad had to sign. He did his Boot Camp and Service School – Signalman, training at Great Lakes Naval Station. He was assigned to a destroyer escort, although Don did not see any war zone action. He was honorably discharged on July 6, 1946.
   
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Don served on the USS Reeves (APD-52) from late 1944 until decommissioning 30 July 1946.

Redesignated APD-52 on 25 September 1944, Reeves emerged from the shipyard on 23 December and after amphibious training, headed for the Panama Canal and duty in the Pacific. Arriving at Ulithi on 26 February 1945, she continued on to the Philippines in early March to rehearse for Operation Iceberg, the invasion of the Ryukyus.On 26 March Reeves arrived off the Kerama Retto invasion area and, after initial duties as a standby ship for Underwater Demolition Team operations, shifted to anti-submarine and anti-aircraft screening duties. She served on that harrowing duty for 109 days interrupted only for a fast convoy to Ulithi and a brief availability in the Philippines. Detached 18 August, the APD delivered men, mail, and provisions to ships of the fleet, then sailed north to Japan. There, into October, she assisted in the repatriation of former POWs, including Maj.'Pappy' Boyington. Then supported the United States Strategic Bombing Survey mission assigned to the Nagasaki area. She was the first American Ship to drop anchor in Japanese (Tokyo) water before the surrender.

Reeves sailed for the United States on 26 November and, after stops in the Volcano, Marshall, and Hawaiian islands, arrived at San Diego on 23 December. Three days later she continued on, and, on 10 January 1946, she arrived at Boston to begin inactivation. Assigned to the Florida Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet, she decommissioned on 30 July at Green Cove Springs, Florida where she remained until struck from the Navy List on 1 June 1960 and transferred to the Government of Ecuador for use as an electric generator plant.

   
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  In Memory of Donald Edison Pillmore
   
Date
Oct 28, 2013

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Apr 5, 2016
   
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In Memory of
Donald Edison
Pillmore

Obituary for Donald Pillmore

Donald Edison Pillmore of Longmont died October 28, 2013. He was 86 years old.

Don was born on January 1, 1927 in Boulder to Edison and Martha (Conkey) Pillmore. Don attended Casey Jr. High and Boulder High, and graduated from Lafayette High School. In school he was active in sports. While growing up he worked summers at Waneka's farm- operating a threshing machine, shocking wheat and corn and herding cattle.

Following graduation from high school he worked at Kuner Empson canning plant, the pea harvest and at Gates Rubber Co. At the age of 17 Don enlisted in the United States Navy, his Dad had to sign. He did his Boot Camp and Service School - Signalman, training at Great Lakes Naval Station. He was assigned to a destroyer escort, although Don did not see any war zone action. He was honorably discharged on July 6, 1946.

Returning to Colorado he attended the University of Colorado, Boulder for two years studying electrical engineering. Don joined Public Service Company of Colorado in the electric utility department on Oct. 8, 1948 and retired in March of 1988.

Don met the love of his life Margaret "Margie" Fiolkoski the summer of 1949 while square dancing. They were married on October 1, 1950 in Denver. This was a double wedding with Margie's sister Jean and Ken Waneka. Following their marriage they moved to Boulder and purchased a home on Jefferson St. in 1953. Don and Margie moved to Gunbarrel in 1978 and to Longmont in 1992.

Don was a member at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and then at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church; both in Boulder and finally at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church in Longmont.

Don was active in Boy Scouts of America with his sons, who were members of Troop 72 at Sacred Heart of Jesus. He served as a member of the Arapahoe District executive committee and was a past chair; attended leadership training at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM and participated in Boundary Water trips to Charles L. Sommers Wilderness Canoe Base in Ely, MN. Don was a big help to Mark and Donn attaining their Eagle Scout Badges.

Don and Margie loved to dance. They were members of the Rhythm Reelers Square Dance Club, also enjoyed ballroom dancing, and loved to travel all over the US, Canada and to foreign countries. He was an avid bridge player and belonged to a Bridge Club.

Don was a member of America Legion Post 32 and part of a group of WWII veterans who had all been on the Honor Flight to Washington, DC and met monthly for lunch.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife Margie, brother Chuck Pillmore, brother-in-law Larry Dugan, and sisters-in-law Jean Waneka, Barbara Pillmore, Dorothy Pillmore and Mary Pillmore.

Don is survived by two sons, Donn Pillmore (Melanie) and Mark Pillmore (Kathy), a daughter, Kay Burkett (Rob), his brothers Dick and George Pillmore, brother-in-law Ken Waneka, sisters-in-law Arlene Pillmore and Fran Dugan, eight grandchildren, Kristy Wilkey (Jared), Jennie Soderquist (Clint), Jason Pillmore (Amanda), John Pillmore (Maggie), Matthew Pillmore, Adam Pillmore (Leslie), Jamie Burkett, and Kimberly Green (Justin); fourteen great-grandchildren, Whitney, Dalton, Shelby, Shaye, Sadie, Taylor, Ryan, Mila, Hailee, Nicholas, Samuel, Aidan, Celisa and Gavin.

Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00PM, Thursday, November 7 at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, with family present to greet friends. Cremation will follow visitation at Ahlberg Funeral Chapel and Crematory. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, November 8 at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3791 Pike Road, Longmont. Share condolences and memories with Don's family at www.ahlbergfuneralchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, please donate, in care of Ahlberg Funeral Chapel, to the American Lung Association, TRU Community Care (formerly Boulder County Hospice) or a charity of your choice.

   
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