From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships


Trose Emmett Donaldson born 19 June 1914 in Tacoma, Wash., was appointed a lieutenant (junior grade) in the Naval Reserve from the Merchant Marine 25 November 1940. He served in Sepulga (AO-20) and in Otus (AS-20) from 25 March 1941. Lieutenant Donaldson was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in December 1941 at Cavite, Philippine Islands, when he worked tirelessly to evacuate ships and wounded and to fight fires during Japanese air raids. He was killed in action while commanding an Army tug 9 April 1942 and was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross by the War Department.


The name Donaldson was assigned to DE-55 on 1 August 1942, canceled and reassigned to DE-508 on 26 April 1943, again canceled and reassigned to DE-44 on 23 June 1943.

Transcribed by Yves HUBERT