As the solemn echo
of death taps died away in the houses of the Los Angeles Fire
Department, it was announced that Sergeant Harold Jonathan, a member of
the department on military leave, had been killed in action on the
western front in Germany, November 29, 1944.
Sergeant Jonathan was appointed to the Fire Department on December 10,
1942, and went on military leave December 26, 1942. He was a
member of the 335th Infantry regiment of the 84th Division and was a
holder of the Good Conduct Medal and the Expert Infantryman badge.
He is survived by his wife, Seaman First Class Mary Jonathan of the
United States Navy's Waves, stationed in Washington, D. C.; his
mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. John Jonathan of Minnesota, Minnesota,
and nine brothers and seven sisters.
Of Icelandic parentage, Harold Jonathan was born in Arco,
Minnesota on November 28, 1917. Of his many brothers, three are
members of the Fire Department: Captain Emil M., Fireman George T.
and Fireman Julian H. In addition a sister is the wife of
Autofireman Owen Hamlin. Among the rest of the surviving brothers
four, Virgil, Donald, Erwin and Robert, are members of the armed forces.