From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

David McDougal '33

Date of birth: August 25, 1911

Date of death: June 14, 1945

Age: 33

Lucky Bag

From the 1933 Lucky Bag:


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From the 1953 edition of the book "Double Three Roundup," published by the class of 1933:

Dave was a credit to his class, to the Marine Corps and to the country for which he died. His lifelong ambition was to follow in parental footsteps to a long and distinguished service career. The latter he attained in company with heroic sacrifice of the first objective. He will never be forgotten by his classmates as a good friend, amiable and easy going, yet efficient, or by the Marine Corps which recognized him as one of the most outstanding rifle marksmen in its history. The McDougal Trophy has become a perpetual award for the annual winner of the Marine Corps Rifle Match.

Prior to World War II Dave served in China and Cuba and aboard the ARIZONA and the ASHEVILLE. While attached to the ASHEVILLE he met and married Doreen Parkhill in Shanghai, in 1939. Throughout the pre-war years Dave was very active in Marine Corps and National Rifle Competition. In 1937 at the National Rifle Matches he won the Crowell Trophy competing against a field of almost 2000 and setting a new record, He fired in seven Marine Corps Division Rifle Matches, winning three and taking fourth place in two others to set a Marine Corps Divisional Rifle Match record, He also fired on the Winning Marine Corps Rifle Team in the National Matches in 1940.

During World War II Dave served twenty-two months in the South Pacific in the First Marine Division. He was wounded at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. After serving on the Staff of the 10th Army he rejoined the First Marines. Then during the Okinawa Campaign, Dave was killed on 14 June, 1945. He was awarded two Purple Heart Medals and three Presidential Unit Citations.

Dave is survived by his widow, Doreen, two children, David, Jr., born in 1942, and Eileen Margaret, born in 1945, and his parents Major General and Mrs. Douglas C. McDougal. Doreen was married again, to John A. Botterell, and they and the two children are living in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


David was killed in action on Okinawa on June 14, 1945. Unable to find any details, or even confirmation that he was commanding officer of the unit he was listed as a member of (3rd Battalion, 5th Marines).

His wife was listed as next of kin. He is buried in California.

Wartime Service

From the Coronado Eagle and Journal on March 2, 1944:

Coronado Marine Officer Wounded Second Time
Marine Lieutenant Colonel David S. McDougal, of Coronado, who was awarded the Order of the Purple Heart for wounds received on Guadalcanal was injured for a second time when his observation party was ambushed by Japanese machine gunners. Lieutenant Colonel McDougal is the son of Major General D. C. McDougal, USMC, (Ret,), of 508 Glorietta Blvd., and was wounded in the left arm when he and his party entered a supposedly evacuated Japanese area in New Britain. Advance scouts had marked the area as safe a half hour before, but the enemy had returned in time to set up a machine gun position, Lt. Col. McDougal said. The officer is home for the first time in several years and is recuperating in a local service hospital.


David, a Major, was commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines for the first seven days of October 1942; he was wounded on October 7. It appears he himself had taken over for an officer who had been killed or wounded.

New Britain Campaign

David, commanding the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, was wounded in action on January 7, 1944. His executive officer was wounded later that day, and for several days command of the battalion was assumed by Lt. Col. Lewis "Chesty" Puller, who was simultaneously commanding the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines.

Memorial Trophy

From USMC Shooting Trophies:

The Marine Corps Rifle Match became a part of the annual competition in 1909. In its early years competitors to the Marine Corps Rifle Match came from team members and marksmen who had successfully competed in the Division Rifle Match at Winthrop, Maryland. The other Division medal winners were not ordered to the Marine Corps Rifle Match. In some years the event was fired after the conclusion of the National Matches. In 1919 the present system of Division medal-winners competing in the Marine Corps Rifle Match was adopted.

The Trophy is named in honor of Lieutenant Colonel David S. McDougal. It was the first awarded in 1947 when Major General Douglas C. McDougal, his father, presented the Trophy to the Marine Corps in behalf of the family and friends of the late Colonel McDougal.

David McDougal at 16 years old, placed third among more than 1,000 competitors in the President's Match. After graduation from the Naval Academy in 1933, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. Two years later he had Distinguished with both rifle and pistol. Fired with 1935, 1936, 1937 and 1940 Marine Corps teams. In World War II, after fighting throughout the Pacific, McDougal was killed in action on Okinawa in 1945.

The competitor attaining the highest aggregate score in the Marine Corps Individual Rifle Match will be awarded a replica trophy plaque of the David S. McDougal Memorial Trophy and a special gold badge. The name and score of the winner will be engraved on the trophy which, under the conditions of the award, is permanently displayed at WTBn, Quantico.

The Marine Corps Rifle Match winner was awarded a medal, suitable for wearing on the uniform since 1952.

Class of 1933

David is one of 38 members of the Class of 1933 on Virtual Memorial Hall.