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|65k||Donald Alexander Lovelace, born in Scottsburgh, Va., 20 June 1906, entered the Naval Academy 8 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 2 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||4 July 1943: Portsmouth, Va. - USS Lovelace (DE 198) launching at Norfolk Navy Yard.||-|
|Lovelace's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 07 Nov. 1943 - 13 Oct 1944||Cmdr. Rodman D. de Kay, Jr., USNR (comm.)|
|2.) 13 Oct. 1944 - .. Sep 1945||Lcdr. Eugene L. de Kieffer, USNR (decomm.)|
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