DONALD F. STILLMAN, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Stillman '29

Date of birth: January 16, 1907

Date of death: May 29, 1932

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1929 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Donald was lost on May 29, 1932 when he disappeared from USS Peary (DD 226) in the South China Sea while enroute from Manila to Chefoo, China. He was the engineering officer. According to "naval authorities," "there was no storm which could have caused him to be washed overboard."

His date of death is recorded in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1933 and the Register of Alumni with no details.

Career

Donald began his career aboard USS Idaho (BB 24). In the 1931 Navy Directory he is listed as "ens. dest squad 5. Asiatic Fleet, (USS Black Hawk) for assign". In the in the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1932 (January 1, 1932) he is listed as serving aboard USS Pillsbury (DD 227); in the April 1, 1932 "Navy Directory" he was aboard USS Peary (DD 226).

Other

From the Wisconsin Veteran's Museum:

Donald Stillman - WVM Mss 1736
Assorted photographs and a photocopied newspaper clipping pertaining to the Navy service of Donald Stillman, a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, resident who disappeared from the destroyer U.S.S. Peary in the South China Sea in 1932. The photocopy is of a newspaper article from the Milwaukee Journal a few weeks after Stillman disappeared from the Perry. Photographs include two portraits of Stillman in civilian clothing, one portrait of Stillman wearing a Naval Academy uniform, and a photograph of Stillman in a full Navy uniform and standing on the deck of a ship.


Class of 1929

Donald is one of 29 members of the Class of 1929 on Virtual Memorial Hall.