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Home Town Washington, D.C.
Last Address Long Beach, Calif.
Date of Passing Feb 21, 1982
Location of Interment Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates Section 59, Site 667
Last Known Activity
Donald John McGregor Donald McGregor graduated from the
U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 1926
He retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Navy CrossU.S. Navy WWII
McGREGOR, DONALD Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Donald McGregor, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. GAR (SS-206), during the FIRST War Patrol of that vessel in enemy controlled waters during the period 2 February 1942 to 28 March 1942. Despite strong enemy countermeasures and unfavorable sea conditions, Lieutenant Commander McGregor took advantage of every opportunity to strike the enemy and in a series of skillfully conducted attacks succeeded in sinking 10,500 tons of enemy Japanese shipping without casualty to personnel of his own command. Lieutenant Commander McGregor's conduct throughout was an inspiration to his officers and men, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 313 (April 1943)
Submarine USS GAR (SS-206)
2 Feb 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. Donald McGregor) departs Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in Japanese home waters.
13 Mar 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant Chichibu Maru (1520 GRT) about 10 nautical miles south-west of Mikura Jima, south of Tokyo Bay, Japan in position 33º53'N, 139º29'E.
28 Mar 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 1st war patrol at Pearl Harbor.
19 Apr 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Pearl Harbor for her 2nd war patrol. She was ordered to patrol off the Marshall Islands.
8 Jun 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 2nd war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.
3 Jul 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Fremantle for her 3th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam.
21 Aug 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 3th war patrol at Fremantle.
17 Sep 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) departed Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She is ordered to patrol in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Siam. Also so is ordered to lay mines in the entrances to Bangkok.
20 Oct 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) lays 32 mines in the approaches to Bangkok.
7 Nov 1942
USS Gar (Lt.Cdr. D. McGregor) ended her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.
Submarine USS SEAHORSE (SS-304)
3 Aug 1943
USS Seahorse (Cmdr Donald McGregor) left Pearl Harbor for her first war patrol, and was to patrol off the Palau Islands.
6 Sep 1943
USS Seahorse (Cmdr Donald McGregor) is damaged by depth charges while on her first war patrol off the Palau Islands in position 07º31'N, 134º21'E. She was attacking a convoy, but despite being damaged she remains on patrol.
27 Sep 1943
USS Seahorse (Cdr. D. McGregor) ends her first, unsuccesful, war patrol at Midway.