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USS Doneff (DE 49)

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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 - 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
Doneff (DE 49) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 April 1942: Keel laid as BDE 49 by the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • 24 July 1942: Launched
  • 04 March 1943: retained by the U.S. Navy, named Doneff
  • 10 June 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr. L. C. Mabley, USNR, in command
  • 22 December 1945: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 6½ months of service
  • 21 January 1946: Struck from the NVR
  • 09 January 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    Doneff 72k John Lincoln Doneff born 12 February 1920 in Newark, Ohio. He graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign 19 June 1942. Ensign Doneff was killed in action when his ship, USS Pensacola (CA 24) was damaged during the Battle of Tassafaronga in the Solomon Islands on 30 November 1942.

    USS Doneff (DE 49) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy thanks to Nell Horn)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Doneff 61k starboard side, undated Curt Lange
    Doneff 96k 26 February 1945: Bow on view of Doneff off Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-49-1439-45)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    Doneff 123k 26 February 1945: Broadside view. She was in overhaul at the yard from 19 January until 3 March 1945.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-49-1436-45)
    Doneff 127k 26 February 1945: Stern view of Doneff departing Mare Island.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-49-1434-45)
    Doneff 179k 03 March 1945: Amidships looking aft view of Doneff at Mare Island. Note new quad 40mm gun mount in circled area. USS Shubrick (DD 639) is inboard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-49-1432-45)
    Doneff 210k 03 March 1945: Amidships looking forward view of Doneff. USS Shubrick (DD 639) is inboard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-49-1435-45)
    Doneff 114k 02 July 1945: in the Pacific Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Doneff 91k 04 July 1945: in the Pacific

    Doneff History
    View the USS Doneff (DE 49) 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.

    Doneff's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 10 Jun. 1943 - 11 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Louis Charles Mabley, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 11 Dec. 1943 - 29 May 1944Lcdr. Robert Percy Baruch, USNR
    3.) 29 May 1944 - 04 Oct. 1945Lcdr. Thomas Albert Graham, USNR
    4.) 04 Oct. 1945 - 22 Dec. 1945Lt. Stewart B. Hobbs, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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