From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Doneff '43

Date of birth: February 12, 1920

Date of death: November 30, 1942

Age: 22

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:


John was one of seven officers and 118 crew lost aboard USS Pensacola (CA 24) on November 30, 1942, at the Battle of Tassafaronga when the ship was heavily damaged by a torpedo and gunfire.

He had reported aboard on July 16, 1942.

His parents were listed as next of kin.

There is a memorial marker at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

John was born on 12 February 1920 in Newark, Ohio. He was appointed from Ohio and reported to the Academy on 30 June 1939. Upon graduation he reported to the cruiser USS PENSACOLA in the Pacific. On 30 November 1942 the Pensacola was engaged in the battle of Solomon Islands in which she was damaged by a torpedo. John was killed as a result of the torpedo hit. He was entitled to wear the Purple Heart, American Area Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. He was survived by his mother Mrs. Viola Agnes P. Doneff who resided at 42 North Buena Vista Street, Newark, Ohio.

A destroyer escort, the USS DONEFF, has been named in his honor.


USS Doneff (DE 49) is named in John's honor.

Class of 1943

John is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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