From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Donald Hamilton, Jr. '38

Date of birth: January 17, 1917

Date of death: February 13, 1945

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Don died while in Japanese captivity at the Fukuoka #1 POW camp on February 13, 1945. He was wounded during the air raid on Cavite Navy Yard, Philippines, on December 10, 1942 when a bomb struck USS Peary (DD 226). He was "removed to a hospital" and did not return to the ship before she departed Philippine waters. Don was the Assistant Engineer, Stores Officer, Assistant Education Officer, and Boxing Officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in Missouri.

Prisoner of War Medal

From Hall of Valor:

Lieutenant, Junior Grade Donald W. Hamilton (NSN: 0-81020), United States Navy, was captured by Japanese forces during World War II and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity.

General Orders: NARA Database: Records of World War II Prisoners of War, created, 1942 - 1947
Action Date: December 26, 1941 - Died in Captivity
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade
Division: Prisoner of War (Japan)

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Albert Gates, Jr. '32 was killed in the air raid that wounded Don.

Class of 1938

Donald is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.