Donald S. Runels

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Donald Steven Runels
Born (1904-07-08)July 8, 1904
Santa Maria, California
Died November 30, 1942(1942-11-30) (aged 38)
Solomon Islands
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1926–1942
Rank Ensign
Unit USS Northampton (CA-26)
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Tassafaronga

Donald Steven Runels was born 8 July 1904 at Santa Maria, California, enlisted in the United States Navy on 19 March 1926; was appointed machinist 14 September 1938; warranted machinist (to rank from 10 September 1938) on 25 November 1939; and commissioned ensign on 23 June 1942. Ensign Runels was killed when his ship, Northampton (CA-26) was torpedoed and sunk during the Battle of Tassafaronga 30 November 1942.


In 1943, the destroyer escort USS Runels (DE-793) was named in honor of Ens. Runels, sponsored by his widow, Mrs. D. S. Runels.


This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.