From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Van Iderstine '42

Date of birth: May, 1918

Date of death: December 18, 1944

Age: 26

Naval Academy Register

Donald Hugh Van Iderstine was admitted to the Naval Academy with an At Large appointment on July 7, 1938 at age 20 years 2 months.

He was “honorably discharged on account of physical disability” on May 27, 1940.


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; it also lists Donald as from Washington.

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 on Virtual Memorial Hall.