From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Donaldson '34

Date of birth: July 23, 1912

Date of death: February 8, 1943

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1934 Lucky Bag:

Life & Loss

Unable to find any details about Robert's loss. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Robert began his career aboard USS New Mexico (BB 40), according to the 1934, 1935, and 1936 Navy Directories. In the 1937 Navy Directory he is listed as "under instruction" at NAS Pensacola, Florida; he became naval aviator #5260 on July 6, 1937.

In the 1938 Navy Directory he is a member of Scouting Squadron (VS) 5, aboard USS Yorktown (CV 5). In 1939 and 1940 he was a member of Observation Squadron (VO) 4 aboard USS Maryland (BB 46).

The 1941 Navy Directory lists him as a member of the "aviation unit" aboard USS Noa (DD 343). Unclear what this would entail; destroyers at the time did not have the ability to embark any kind of aircraft.


Robert's class ring is a part of the collection of the Naval Academy Museum.

Class of 1934

Robert is one of 41 members of the Class of 1934 in Memorial Hall.