Don P. Moon
Don Pardee Moon
RADM Don P. Moon
|Born||April 18, 1894|
|Died||August 15, 1944 (aged 50)|
Aboard the USS Bayfield, Naples, Italy
|Place of burial|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1916–1944|
|Commands held||USS John D. Ford|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
|Awards||Distinguished Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Don Pardee Moon (April 18, 1894 – August 5, 1944) was a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, who fought in the invasion of Europe. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, United States. He married and had four children.
Moon entered the United States Naval Academy and later graduated fourth in the Class of 1916, being particularly efficient in gunnery.
He was assigned to the battleship Arizona (BB-39) and while there developed several instruments to improve gunnery. He later served in the battleships Colorado (BB-45) and Nevada (BB-36) before returning to shore duty in 1926.
He was later put in command of a destroyer division in 1940 and became a captain in 1941. He took part in the invasion of North Africa in 1942.
During the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy he directed the landings on Utah Beach from the attack transport Bayfield (APA-33). For three weeks the Bayfield was in position off Utah beach and officers and men were on four hour rotating shifts for this entire time. Shortly afterwards the Bayfield was sent to Naples for the invasion of Southern France. However, on August 5, 1944, Moon shot himself with his .45 caliber pistol. His suicide was blamed on battle fatigue.
He was survived by his wife Sibyl, and his four children, Meredith, Don, David, and Peter.
- "Don Pardee Moon, Rear Admiral, USN". arlingtoncemetery.net. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- "D Day June 6, 1944 / Eisenhower / Moon / Kirk / Taylor / Bradley / Huebner". store.coolstamps.com. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
- D-Day 1944 - Voices from Normandy, Robert Neillands and Roderick de Normann, Cold Spring Press, New York, 2004 ISBN 1-59360-012-7
- My Dear Moon, Jonathan P. Alter, BookSurge Publishing, 2005 ISBN 978-1-4196-1253-4
- Department of the Navy - Rear Admiral Don Pardee Moon
- "Career's End". Time Magazine. 1944-08-21. Retrieved 2008-08-10.