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World War II - U.S. Navy

Donald Kirby Ross

  • Rank: Warrant Machinist (Highest Rank: Captain)
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Nevada
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Navy
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, USA

For distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard for his own life during the attack on the Fleet at 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Donald K. Ross
Medal of Honor Recipient Donald K. Ross
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Denver, Denver County, Colorado
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 18, 1942

    Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, presented by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz

  • Born: December 8, 1910, Beverly, Lincoln County, KS, United States
  • Died: May 27, 1992, Port Orchard, WA, United States
  • Buried: At sea, over U.S.S. Nevada (Pacific Ocean), at Sea

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