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Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Laurens (APA-153)
Service Years
1926 - 1956
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Panama Canal
Plank Owner
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
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

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
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 Cross U.S. Navy WWII

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)
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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.

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 USS Laurens (APA-153) Details

USS Laurens (APA-153)
Haskell Class Attack Transport:
  • Laid down (date unknown) as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP5) hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Oregon Shipbuilding Group, Portland OR.
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission and Commissioned USS Laurens (APA-153), 7 September 1944
  • Decommissioned, 10 April 1946, at Norfolk VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 13 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Towed for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River NY, 2 May 1956 to 1967
  • Sold for scrap in 1988


    Displacement 6,873 t.(lt) 14,837 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Speed 19 kts.
    Complement 56 Officers 480 Enlisted
    Troop Accommodations 86 Officers 1,475 Enlisted
    Cargo Capacity 150,000 cu. ft, 2,900 tons
    Boats 2 LCM, 12 LCVP, 3 LCPU
    Armament 1 5"/38 dual-purpose gun mount, 4 twin 40mm gun mounts, 10 single 20mm gun mounts
    Propulsion 1 Westinghouse geared turbine, 2 Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 1 propeller, Design shaft horsepower 8,500

  • Type
    Surface Vessels


    Parent Unit

    Transport Ship

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    Last Updated: Dec 1, 2018
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    VERDERBER, Paul, PO3, (1943-1946) RM RM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
    Calvin, Ardell Bernard, S1c, (1943-1945) QM QM-0000 Seaman First Class

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