From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Scheu '40

Date of birth: April 30, 1918

Date of death: January 5, 1944

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Don was lost when USS Scorpion (SS 278) was sunk sometime after January 5, 1944.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Donald S. Scheu (NSN: 0-85047), United States Navy, for gallantry in action while serving as Gunnery Officer aboard a United States Submarine during war patrols in enemy-controlled waters during World War II. Lieutenant Scheu performed his duties courageously and with expert skill, thereby contributing to the sinking or damaging of many thousands of tons of enemy shipping.

General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 329 (August 1944)
Rank: Lieutenant

He was also apparently awarded the Bronze Star medal; unable to find this citation.

Wartime Service

It's possible to get a sense of some of Donald's experiences from his signature as Officer of the Deck in Scorpion's deck log.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall lists him as a LT, but multiple other sources have him as a LCDR. On Eternal Patrol states "Donald was posthmously promoted to Lieutenant Commander on October 17, 1944."

Class of 1940

Donald is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.