Carpenter, Donald Marshall, LCDR

Deceased
 
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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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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1894
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Kent Weekly (SS/DSV) (DBF), EMCS to remember Carpenter, Donald Marshall (Doc), LCDR USN(Ret).

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Home Town
Hopbottom, PA
Last Address
Coronado, Ca

Date of Passing
Apr 01, 1940
 
Location of Interment
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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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  1921-1922, USS California (BB-44)

Lieutenant

From Month/Year
August / 1921

To Month/Year
May / 1922

Unit
USS California (BB-44) Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant

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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.































On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.


































January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.


Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Tennessee-class

Strength
Battleship

Created/Owned By
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Last Updated: Dec 31, 2010
   
   
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9 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Ziegemeier, Henry Joseph, RADM, (1890-1930) Captain
Bradley, Willis Winter, CAPT, (1906-1946) Lieutenant Commander
Calhoun, William Lowndes, ADM, (1906-1946) Lieutenant Commander
DeSomer, Abraham, LCDR, (1901-1946) Lieutenant
Boone, Walter, ADM, (1917-1960) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Dickins, Curtis Hoyt, CAPT, (1898-1929) OFF 410X Captain
Crouch, Edwin Mason, CAPT, (1917-1945) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Breeman, George, CPO, (1902-1929) TC TC-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Kelley, Frank Harrison, RADM, (1910-1946) Lieutenant Commander

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