Donald W. Wolf

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Donald William Wolf
Born (1919-02-07)February 7, 1919
Hart, Michigan
Died October 9, 1942(1942-10-09) (aged 23)
KIA on Guadalcanal
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1939-1942
Rank Sergeant
Unit 1st Marine Division
Battles/wars World War II
*Battle of Guadalcanal
Awards Navy Cross

Donald William Wolf (February 7, 1919 – October 9, 1942) was an American sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Battle of Guadalcanal.

Wolf, born in Hart, Michigan, enlisted in the Marine Corps December 5, 1939. He was killed in action during the Battle of Guadalcanal at the second battle of Matanikau River. He shared in the Presidential Unit Citation awarded the 1st Marine Division and was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for leading his platoon in hand-to-hand combat against an overwhelming enemy attacking force.


In 1944, the high speed transport USS Donald W. Wolf (APD-129) was named in his honor.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.