Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Tuesday, June 09, 2015 at 09:06:56 :
Thursday, March 8, 1945
Brain Injury Cause of Army Flyer’s Death
An autopsy by doctors at Hamilton Field has determined the death of Lieut. Donald J. Pils, 24, of Austin, Tex., was caused from brain injuries, not from drowning.
The body of the young Lieutenant was found in San Anselmo creek, near the Greyhound bus depot Monday morning. Because his coat was found in a parked bus nearby, officers believe the young man had probably slept there during the night.
How Pils fell into the creek is still a mystery, although police think he probably slipped on the icy walk, falling over the guard rail to the water below. It was at first thought he might have drowned, but the autopsy would point to the fact that he must have struck his head when falling.
Lieut. Pils was a navigator, and wore service ribbons for the Pacific-Asiatic campaigns. He was wearer of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Aid Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters.
He had been stationed at Hamilton Field, en route from overseas duty, authorities there said.
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