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.


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

Class of 1943

John is one of 83 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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