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|LBText=SCOTTSBURG, Virginia, has the proud honor of being the birthplace of our Lovey. After various transfers his hometown became Farmville, North Carolina. Here Donald played in the huge tobacco warehouses, stole an occasional snipe in some dark shadow, and in his spare moments passed from the second year through the Farmville High School. Don received an appointment as first alternate for the Naval Academy, and for no good reason found himself principal with his certificate accepted.
 
|LBText=SCOTTSBURG, Virginia, has the proud honor of being the birthplace of our Lovey. After various transfers his hometown became Farmville, North Carolina. Here Donald played in the huge tobacco warehouses, stole an occasional snipe in some dark shadow, and in his spare moments passed from the second year through the Farmville High School. Don received an appointment as first alternate for the Naval Academy, and for no good reason found himself principal with his certificate accepted.

Latest revision as of 15:29, 14 February 2020

Donald Lovelace '28

Date of birth: June 20, 1906

Date of death: May 29, 1942

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1928 Lucky Bag:

Loss

Don was lost on May 30, 1942, when one of his squadron-mates crashed their F4F-4 Hellcat into Don's on the deck of USS Yorktown (CV 5).

He was the executive officer of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3.

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

Remembrances

The pilots of the U.S. Navy Fighting Squadron 3 (VF-3) in front of a Grumman F4F-3 Wildcat fighter, 5 March 1942.Standing (l-r): Newton H. Mason, Howard F. Clark, Edward R. Sellstrom, Willard E. Eder, Howard L. Johnson, John H. Lackey, Leon W. Haynes, Onia B. Stanley, Jr., Dale W. Peterson, Marion W. Dufilho, Rolla S. Lemmon. Sitting (l-r): Robert J. Morgan, Albert O. Vorse, Jr., Donald A. Lovelace, John S. “Jimmy” Thach, Noel A.M. Gayler, Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare, Richard M. Rowell.

From The First Team: Pacific Naval Air Combat from Pearl Harbor to Midway:

Executive officer of Fighting Three was Lieut. Donald A. Lovelace. Younger than [commanding officer John] Thach by one year and a member of the Naval Academy's Class of 1928, Lovelace likewise possessed a wide variety of naval aviation experience. Earning his wings in 1931, he spent three years in Utility Squadron Two (VJ-2S) aboard teh seaplane tender Wright, then flew Douglas P2D-1 twin-float torpedo planes with Patrol Three (VP-3F) based at NAS Coco Solo. His first carrier duty came in the summer of 1936 when he joined Scouting One (VS-1B) on board the Ranger (CV-4). Still aboard the Ranger, Scouting One in July 1937 became Scouting Forty-one (VS-41), and Lovelace worked his way up to flight officer. Shore duty in 1939-40 at the Naval Aircraft Factory intervened; then on 6 January 1941 he became executive officer of Fighting Three. In Don Lovelace the squadron discovered a quiet, conscientious, and thoughtful leader who fitted in well with the skipper's way of running the outfit. Thach and he became close friends.

Later in the book:

Don Lovelace reported in for temporary duty with Fighting Three, carrying in his pocket the permanent orders he had so long wanted—command of a fighting squadron. While stateside he had succeeded in changing his orders from commander of Scouting Ten to commander of Fighting Two. … Reporting in, Lovelace learned that Thach was heading out shortly with a mixed bag of pilots. His own VF-2 could not assemble as a unit for several weeks; so Lovelace volunteered his services in his old spot as executive officer of Fighting Three.

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Donald Alexander Lovelace (NSN: 0-62074), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while participating in aerial flight, while serving as Pilot of an airplane in an Fighting Squadron TWO (VF-2), attached to the U.S.S. LEXINGTON (CV-2), in action against enemy forces in the Pacific War Area when his carrier was attacked by Japanese bombing planes on 20 February 1942. Lieutenant Commander Lovelace led his division in a vigorous and determined attack in the face of combined machine gun and cannon fire, against a formation of enemy bombers, and he, with the assistance of his teammate caused the destruction of one enemy bomber.

Service: Navy Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Battalion: Fighting Squadron 2 (VF-2)
Division: U.S.S. Lexington (CV-2)

Namesake

USS Lovelace (DE 198) was named for Donald; the ship was sponsored by his widow.

Related Articles

Edward O'Hare '37, Howard Clark '38, Richard Crommelin '38, and Marion Dufilho '38 were also members of Fighting Squadron (VF) 3 in early 1942.


Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

January 1929

Ensign, USS Whipple

Others at this command: LTjg Louis Drexler, Jr. '23.

April 1929

Ensign, USS Whipple

Others at this command: LTjg Louis Drexler, Jr. '23.

July 1929

Ensign, USS Whipple

October 1929

Ensign, USS Wyoming

Others at this command: LT Paul Slawson '20, 2LT David Claude '24, LTjg Sidney Smith '26, ENS John Pierce '28, and ENS John Bermingham '29.

January 1930

Ensign, USS Wyoming

Others at this command: LT Paul Slawson '20, 2LT David Claude '24, LTjg Sidney Smith '26, ENS John Pierce '28, and ENS John Bermingham '29.

April 1931

Ensign, for assignment, Aircraft Squadrons, Scouting Force

July 1931

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

October 1931

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

January 1932

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

April 1932

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

October 1932

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

January 1933

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2S

April 1933

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2F

July 1933

Ensign, Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2F

October 1933

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2F

April 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Utility Plane Squadron (VJ) 2F

July 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg Elmer Cooper '27.

October 1934

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 and LTjg William Oliver '29.

January 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 and LTjg William Oliver '29.

April 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg Elmer Cooper '27 and LTjg William Oliver '29.

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg William Oliver '29 and LTjg Victor Gaulin '30.

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg William Oliver '29 and LTjg Victor Gaulin '30.

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Patrol Plane Squadron (VP) 3F, Coco Solo, Canal Zone

Others at this command: LTjg William Oliver '29 and LTjg Victor Gaulin '30.

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LTjg Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg James McRoberts '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), ENS Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Finley Hall '29 and LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Alfred Tucker, III '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Lorenz Forbes '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 3B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS Milton Ricketts '35 (USS Ranger), and ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger).

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), Scouting Plane Squadron (VS) 1B, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Finley Hall '29, LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32, and LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LT Robert Bedilion '22 (USS Ranger), LT Ralph Smith '26 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LT Seymour Johnson '27 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 3B), LTjg Albert Gray '31 (Bombing Plane Squadron (VB) 1B), LTjg Leo Crane '31 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg William Widhelm '32 (Fighting Plane Squadron (VF) 5B), LTjg Earle Schneider '33 (USS Ranger), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

September 1937

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 and LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LTjg Vernon Hain '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

January 1938

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at this command: LTjg Archibald Greenlee '32 and LTjg Dewitt Shumway '32.

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LTjg George Hutchinson '32 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg Robert Strickler '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frank Fernald '33 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Charles Brewer '34 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), and ENS William Hulson '36 (USS Ranger).

July 1938

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR William Sample '19 (USS Ranger), LT William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 42), LTjg Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frederick Schrader '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), ENS Floyd Garrett, Jr. '38 (USS Ranger), ENS Harry Howell '38 (USS Ranger), ENS Richard Sampson '38 (USS Ranger), and ENS Walter Sharer '38 (USS Ranger).

January 1939

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 41, USS Ranger

Others at or embarked at USS Ranger: LCDR William Sample '19 (USS Ranger), LT William Pennewill '29 (Scouting Squadron (VS) 42), LTjg Harrington Drake '31 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 4), LTjg William Townsend '32 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), LTjg Frederick Schrader '35 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 4), ENS John Daub, Jr. '36 (USS Ranger), ENS Floyd Garrett, Jr. '38 (USS Ranger), ENS Harry Howell '38 (USS Ranger), ENS Richard Sampson '38 (USS Ranger), and ENS Walter Sharer '38 (USS Ranger).

October 1939

Lieutenant, Naval Aircraft Factory, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at this command: CAPT Walter Webster '11 and LTjg Edward Allen '31.

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ENS Lewis Davis '37 (Naval Finance & Supply School), 2LT John Maclaughlin, Jr. '38 (Marine Barracks), 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT Carter Simpson '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT Hugh Tistadt, Jr. '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT John Fantone '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT Ralph Mann, Jr. '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT Willard Holdredge '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT William Harris '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), 2LT William Hogaboom '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks), and 2LT William Pace '39 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks).

June 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Aircraft Factory, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2LT Leon Chabot '40 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks).

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Aircraft Factory, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Others at or embarked at Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ENS Floyd Garrett, Jr. '38 (Naval Finance and Supply School) and 2LT Leon Chabot '40 (Marine Corps Schools, Marine Barracks).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Scouting Squadron (VS) 2, USS Lexington

Others at this command: LTjg John Hunter '36, LTjg Thomas Edwards, Jr. '37, and ENS Roy Hale, Jr. '38.

Others at or embarked at USS Lexington: LT Louis Shane, Jr. '26 (USS Lexington), LT Weldon Hamilton '28 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LT Clair Miller '29 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), LT Charles Crommelin '31 (Fighting Squadron (VF) 2), LTjg Robert Fair '33 (USS Lexington), LTjg Joel Davis, Jr. '35 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), LTjg Raymond Moore '37 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), ENS Harry Bass '38 (Bombing Squadron (VB) 2), ENS Leonard Thornhill '38 (Torpedo Squadron (VT) 2), ENS Allan Wussow '39 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Seiler, Jr. '39 (USS Lexington), ENS Edward Price '39 (USS Lexington), and ENS Willard Sampson '40 (USS Lexington).


Class of 1928

Donald is one of 17 members of the Class of 1928 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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