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USS Donaldson (DE 44)
Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - W - P - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/7 stars - WWII Victory Medal
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Donaldson (DE 44) Building and Operational Data:
12 January 1943: Keel laid as BDE-44 by the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash.
01 August 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. J. J. Donaldson, mother of Lieutenant (junior grade) Donaldson; retained by the Navy
01 December 1943: Commissioned, Lt. H. L. Plage, USNR, in command
05 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Francisco, Cal. after 2.0 years of service
19 December 1945: Struck from the NVR
02 July 1946: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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||15 December 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - Donaldson off the Puget Sound Navy Yard.
||undated wartime image (appears to be from same time as above photo)
||undated wartime image
||1945: at sea - The destroyer escort USS Donaldson (DE 44) comes alongside an unknown aircraft carrier. (U.S. Navy Photo #NH 79823 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974)
|View the USS Donaldson (DE 44) DANFS history
entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
|View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.
|Donaldson's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command
|1.) 01 Dec. 1943 - 02 Mar. 1944||Lt. Henry L. Plage, USNR (Comm.)
|2.) 02 Mar. 1944 - 05 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Henry G. Hartmann, USNR (Decomm.)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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