From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Van Iderstine '42

Date of birth: unknown

Date of death: December 18, 1944

Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

Donald Hugh Van Iderstine was “honorably discharged on account of physical disability” on May 27, 1940.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


Robert was lost when USS Monaghan (DD 354) capsized and sank during Typhoon Cobra on December 18, 1944. Only eight of her crew survived.

His wife, Rosalie Darlene Van Iderstine, was listed as next of kin.

The men and ships involved in Typhoon Cobra are extensively chronicled in "Down to the Sea: An Epic Story of Naval Disaster and Heroism in World War II" by Bruce Henderson.

Class of 1942

Donald is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.