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CMOHS.org - Machinist ROSS, DONALD KIRBY, U.S. Navy

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ROSS, DONALD KIRBY

Rank: Machinist
Organization: U.S. Navy
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Born: 8 December 1910, Beverly, Kans.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Denver, Colo.
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Place / Date: Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941
 
 


ROSS, DONALD KIRBY Photo
 
Citation

For distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage and disregard of his own life during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. When his station in the forward dynamo room of the U.S.S. Nevada became almost untenable due to smoke, steam, and heat, Machinist Ross forced his men to leave that station and performed all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon being rescued and resuscitated, he returned and secured the forward dynamo room and proceeded to the after dynamo room where he was later again rendered unconscious by exhaustion. Again recovering consciousness he returned to his station where he remained until directed to abandon it.