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.

Namesake[edit]

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

References[edit]

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