Carpenter, Donald Marshall, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1936-1936, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
Service Years
1916 - 1936
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Contact Info
Home Town
Hopbottom, PA
Last Address
Coronado, Ca

Date of Passing
Apr 01, 1940
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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Medically retired in October 1936.

On 18 June 1945, Mrs. Edward S. Shaw, sister of Carpenter’s widow Clara, wrote to Admiral King, then Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet (who had commanded Lexington when Carpenter had commanded VS-3B) suggesting that a ship be named for the late leader of VP-5F’s historic flight in 1933, citing the "sincere respect" her brother-in-law had felt for King. "I sincerely hope you will not consider me presumptuous," she wrote, "but if you could lend your approval to such an honor for ‘Doc’ as we all knew him, I would appreciate it very much." "Please do this if you can,"
King wrote to the Chief of Naval Personnel, who recommended the name assignment on 10 July 1945; consequently, on 14 July 1945, Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal assigned the name Carpenter to DD-825.
In writing to Secretary Forrestal upon being informed of the naming of the ship, Carpenter’s widow wrote on 9 August 1945 of her “deep appreciation of the honor bestowed on my two sons and me in the naming of this ship for my late husband and I hope her record will be one of which to be proud..."

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyMare Island Naval ShipyardNAS PensacolaUSS Langley (CV-1)
USS Lexington (CV-2)NAS Coco Solo, PanamaBalboa Naval Hospital San Diego, CA (NMCSD)NAS San Diego
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
  1916-1919, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1919-1920, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1919-1921, USS Wyoming (BB-32)
  1921-1921, Mare Island Naval Shipyard
  1921-1922, USS California (BB-44)
  1922-1923, NAS Pensacola
  1923-1925, Commander, Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet
  1923-1925, USS Aroostook (CM-3)
  1925-1926, NAS Pensacola
  1926-1928, NAS Pensacola
  1928-1929, USS Stoddert (DD-302)
  1929-1930, USS Langley (CV-1)
  1930-1930, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1931-1934, NAS Coco Solo, Panama
  1933-1933, VP-5F Mad Foxes/Blind Foxes
  1934-1934, USS Wright (AV-1)
  1934-1935, Balboa Naval Hospital San Diego, CA (NMCSD)
  1935-1935, NAS San Diego
  1935-1936, Aircraft Squadrons, Pacific Fleet, Naval Air Forces Pacific Fleet
  1936-1936, Naval Base San Diego (NAVBASE San Diego)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
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United States Naval Academy
  1912-1916, United States Naval Academy
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