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Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Wednesday, May 3, 1944
U-Boat Attack off Cape Clear Ireland
On May 3, 1944, 450 miles southwest of Cape Clear, Ireland, Donnell made a sound contact, then sighted a periscope a few minutes later and pressed home a depth charge attack. Simultaneously, she was struck by a torpedo from U-765 which blew off her stern. Explosion of her own depth charges inflicted additional damage. ... Twenty-nine crewmembers were killed. ... Donnell was towed by USS Reeves DE 156, USS Hopping DE 155 and HMS Samsonia to Dunnstaffnage Bay, Scotland, arriving May 12. Since repairs would have involved extensive reconstruction, she was placed in commission in reserve at Lisahally, Northern Ireland.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 29

Namesort descending Service Branch
F 1c James Beaumont USN
EM 2c Eugene Burdue USN
Sea 1c Harold Cohen USN
SM 1c Guy Coleman USN
SF 1c John Coppinger USN
Sea 1c William Corzine USN
TM 3c David Danner USN
WT 1c Lloyd Dellinger USN
Sea 2c George Ellison USN
MM 1c Henry Ferrario USN
Cox Robert Fisher USN
Sea 2c Victor Gallotto USN
TM 3c Edgar Guy USN
MM 3c Robert Hanrahan USN
TM 2c James Haworth USN
WT 3c Lando Hendrix USN
FC 3c Cortes Jackson USN
WT 2c William Johnson USN
MM 1c Richard Johnston USN
MM 3c Alonzo Kashner USN


Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships