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USS Donaldson (DE 44)

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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

Class: Evarts
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 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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    185k 15 December 1943: Bremerton, Wash. - Donaldson off the Puget Sound Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    131k Undated Wartime Image (appears to be from same time as above photo) David Buell
    62k Undated Wartime Image Jerry Church
    142k 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)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Donaldson History
    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.
    View the official War History of USS Donaldson as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Donaldson's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 01 Dec. 1943 - 02 Mar. 1944Lt. / Lcdr. Henry L. Plage, USNR (Comm. CO) (Oklahoma City, Okla.)
    2.) 02 Mar. 1944 - 05 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Henry G. Hartmann, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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