From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Woollett '80

Date of birth: February 23, 1958

Date of death: October 23, 1983

Age: 25

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Donald was killed in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Beruit, Lebanon, on October 23, 1983.

From the March 1984 issue of Shipmate:

1st. Lt. Donald Elberan Woollett USMC was killed on 23 October 1983 in the bombing of the battalion landing team headquarters at Beirut International Airport, Lebanon, where he was assigned as a member of the multinational peacekeeping force. Memorial services were held on 10 November 1983 at Fort Myer Chapel with interment in Arlington National Cemetery, and a service was also held in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where his parents reside.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Ohio, he was graduated with the Class of 1980 and assigned to the Marine Barracks in Annapolis to assist in the indoctrination of plebes for that Summer. Basic school at Quantico followed including the infantry officers course, whereupon he joined the First Battalion, 8th Marines, as operations (liaison) officer. In August 1981 he was assigned to Bravo Company as weapons platoon commander, then attended basic amphibious embarkation school at Little Creek, Virginia, where he was honor graduate.

Early in 1982 he served as B Company embarkation officer in addition to his platoon command during a six-month deployment in the Mediterranean. His ship, NEWPORT, was extensively damaged by fire in the port of Berbera, Somalia, and the cruise continued on board NASSAU. In June of that year he was transferred to headquarters and service company where he was assigned as assistant logistics officer and battalion embarkation officer.

In May of 1983 he was deployed to Beirut with the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit. In the days prior to the bombing of the headquarters, he was occupied with loading the battalion for departure for home in November. He was a life member of the Naval Academy Alumni Association.

He is survived by his parents. Col. (USAFR Ret.) and Mrs. Paul R. Woollett, 1516 Whitney Court, Bartlesville OK 74006; two sisters; and his paternal grandmother.

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Vincent Smith '76, James Surch, Jr. '77, and David Nairn '81 were also killed in the bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beruit, Lebanon on October 23, 1983.

Class of 1980

Donald is one of 11 members of the Class of 1980 on Virtual Memorial Hall.