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|65k||Donald Alexander Lovelace, born in Scottsburgh, Va., 20 June 1906, entered the Naval Academy 08 July 1924 and was commissioned ensign upon graduation
in 1928. After duty in Wyoming, he learned to fly at Pensacola, Fla., during 1930 and subsequently was active in developing naval aviation. At the outbreak of the war
in the Pacific, Lovelace was assigned to Yorktown (CV 5). He soon won the Distinguished Flying Cross "for heroic conduct in aerial combat, as division leader and pilot,
when on 20 February 1942, in enemy waters, he led his division in a vigorous and determined attack, in the face of combined machine-gun and cannon fire, against a formation of enemy
bombers, and he, with the assistance of his teammate, caused the destruction of one enemy bomber." Lieutenant Commander Lovelace was killed in a plane crash northeast of Midway Island
02 June 1942 while searching for the Japanese naval force which was defeated in the Battle of Midway 2 days later.
USS Lovelace (DE 198) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1928.)
|16k||04 July 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - USS Lovelace (DE 198) launching at Norfolk Navy Yard.||-|
|294k||Feb. / March 1944: Noumea, New Calendonia - USS Lovelace (DE 198) wearing Measure 31/13D camouflage scheme, refueling from an unidentified station tanker
outside of the harbor at Noumea. This photo is attributed to SeaBee Detachment 1019 and was probably taken early in 1944 in February or March since Lovelace arrived at
Noumea on 08 February 1944. Based at Noumea, she conducted escort and screening duties in the Solomon Islands prior to her 19 April departure to the New Guinea battle zone The submarine
net enclosing the inner harbor is visible in the background.
(U.S. Navy photo #19-LCM-DE198-4 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md., courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|409k||13 March 1944: Espiritu Santo - USS Coolbaugh (DE 217), USS Lovelace, and USS Darby (DE 218) are nested with USS Ingersoll
(DE 652) at the fleet anchorage. Photo taken by Milt Volkens aboard USS Langley (CVL 27).
(From the Langley/Volkens Photo Collection at Eastern Carolina Univ.)
West Chester, Pa.
|View the USS Lovelace (DE 198) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Lovelace as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Lovelace's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 07 Nov. 1943 - 14 Oct. 1944||Cmdr. Rodman Drake DeKay Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA '19) (Port Washington, N.Y.)|
|2.) 14 Oct. 1944 - 13 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Eugene Ludwig de Kieffer, USNR (Evanston, Ill.)|
|3.) 13 Dec. 1945 - 07 Feb. 1946||Lt. Robert McCarthy Rothwell, USNR (Honolulu, Hi.)|
|4.) 07 Feb. 1946 - 13 May 1946||Lt.(jg) William Charles Muchow, USNR|
|5.) 13 May 1946 - 22 May 1946||Lt.(jg) D. E. Erwin, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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