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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: May 4, 1945
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1945 Hall LB.jpg

From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Donald Willard Hall

Annapolis, Maryland

After being thwarted in his efforts to become a lawyer, musician, radio technician, and National Guardsman, Don turned to the sea and journeyed the two blocks from his home to the Naval Academy. He brought a sincere desire to learn and a natural ability to box. With these assets he gained a pair of stars and a broken nose. To date, his greatest claim to fame are his drill shoes. Wine, women and song are a strong attraction for "Punchy," and, when you meet him in the Fleet, you'll know him to be the little man stepping ashore in the lead of the first liberty party.

Battalion Boxing 4; Track 4, '45; Varsity Soccer 4, 3, 1, a45f, NA, N*; Battalion Lacrosse 3; Spanish Club, Vice Chairman, 3, 1; Stars 4, 3.

The "a45f" is not a transcription error; unclear what it indicates.

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Don was among 152 officers and crew lost when USS Morrison (DD 560) was sunk by a kamikaze attack on May 4, 1945. The ship was struck by four aircraft and sank within 15 minutes.


Fascinating stories of the ship's World War II service and final moments are posted here.

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Charles McBride '45, John Beahan '45, John Lusby '45, and Joseph Bolger, Jr. '45 were also in 14th Company.

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Class of 1945
Donald is one of 58 members of the Class of 1945 in Memorial Hall.
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