Hall, Donovan Gilbert, CMoMM

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
MO-0000-Motor Machinist/Oiler
Last Rating/NEC Group
Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
Primary Unit
1940-1943, MO-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
Service Years
1921 - 1943
MoMM - Motor Machinistmate/Oiler
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Mankato, MN
Last Address
2014 West College Ave
Spokane, Washington
(Wife~Dora Leona Hall)

Casualty Date
Apr 08, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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Last Known Activity

From USS Nautlis Organization:

On 16 February 1943, USS TRITON (SS-201) departed Brisbane, Australia, on her sixth war patrol. Her assigned area: the waters around Papua New Guinea.

On 6 March, after sinking the Japanese cargo vessel Kiriha Maru, the boat was forced deep when one of her torpedoes made a circular run. For the next nine days she contended with a variety of enemy ships and believed that at least five of the eight torpedoes she expended hit their mark. On 15 March, USS TRIGGER (SS-237), which was operating in an area near TRITON, reported that she had experienced heavy depth charging after attacking a convoy. The attacks continued in the distance for an hour after they stopped in TRIGGER’s vicinity.

Several weeks later a welcoming committee—complete with a band, fresh fruit, and ice cream—gathered on the pier and waited for TRITON to appear as scheduled. She never did. She was reported overdue and presumed lost on 10 April. The cause of her sinking has been in dispute ever since. Japanese records examined after the war’s end indicate that three Japanese destroyers attacked a sub in TRITON’s general area on 15 March. Sailors aboard the ships subsequently observed an oil slick and debris with words in English. Although this sub could have been TRITON, others argue that she may have been lost to a second circular-running torpedo like the one she dealt with on 6 March; two other American submarines, USS TULLIBEE (SS-284) and USS TANG (SS-306) suffered that fate in 1944.

Regardless of what happened, TRITON, the recipient of five battle stars for her wartime service, took 74 men to the bottom with her.

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 Ribbon Bar
Submarine Enlisted Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge - 5 Patrols

 Duty Stations
USS S-35 (SS-140)USS Triton (SS-201)
  1935-1939, MM-0000, USS S-35 (SS-140)
  1940-1943, MO-0000, USS Triton (SS-201)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1943-1943 USS Triton (SS-201)
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Service Number 328-20-90
  Feb 13, 1933, Re-enlisted
  Oct 29, 1935, Received on the USS S-35
  Feb 16, 1939, Promoted to MM1c
  Jul 15, 1939, Transferred to USS Litchfield
  Sep 06, 1939, Transferred to USS Beaver
  Mar 04, 1940, Re-enlisted for 4 full years
  Apr 09, 1940, Received Naval Receiving Ship Norfolk VA from Naval Receiving Naval Station Minneapolis, MN
  Apr 13, 1940, Transferred to Comsubron 2 Temp Duty FFT to USS Triton Duty
  Aug 15, 1940, Received on USS Triton
  Aug 15, 1940, Commissioning Crew of the USS Triton
  Apr 04, 1942, Promoted to CMM
  May 01, 1942, Changed Rate from CMM to CMoMM
  Sep 11, 1942, Took Emergency Leave
  Sep 16, 1942, Arrived in US on Emergency Leave
  Apr 08, 1943, Missing in Action
  Apr 09, 1944, Declared Dead
  Mar 15, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
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