From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Charles McDonald '24

Date of birth: November 15, 1901

Date of death: October 2, 1945

Age: 43

Lucky Bag

From the 1924 Lucky Bag:


From Find A Grave:

Ensign C. C. McDonald, USN, was designated Naval Aviator #3362 in 1927. Graduated U.S. Naval Acadeny, Class of 1924.

Captain McDonald was a passenger on a VPB-205 PBM seaplane which was lost with all hands on the island of Honshu, Japan on October 2, 1945. The wreckage was not discovered until 19 November 1948.

There is more on the flight and search operations.

He was commanding officer of USS Suwannee (CVE 27). Unable to determine when he took command, but it was sometime after July 1945.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Legion of Merit

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Captain Charles C. McDonald, United States Navy, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Naval Member of the staff of the Commanding General, Commander of the 6th Air Force Patrol Command, 21 December 1942 to 3 July 1944.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 342 (September 1945) & 343 (October 1945)
Service: Navy
Rank: Captain

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William Sample '19 was also lost in this crash.

Class of 1924

Charles is one of 41 members of the Class of 1924 on Virtual Memorial Hall.