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Labolle, Donald Clyde

Name and Rank, Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class Donald Clyde Labolle.

Unit/Placed in, USS Helena (CA-50) Light-Cruiser, United States Naval Reserve.


Before you read about his story, I will let you know that his Died date on AMBC site says,

Aug. 10, 1945 but we found out that it must be July 6, 1943.  


Donald was born approx. in 22 Jan. 1922 in Washington.

Father, Harrie L. Labolle.

Mother, Dora F. (Miller)  Labolle.

Brothers, Edward F. and Glenn G. Labolle.


Donald entered  the service from Washington with service number # 6653020.


Donald C. Labolle was a Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class in the United States Naval Reserve.


Donald was KIA when the USS Helena got hit by 3 Torpedo’s and sunk in the battle of Kula Gulf, Solomon Islands, on July 6, 1943, and he is honored with the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Donald is buried at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila.

National Capital Region, Philippines.


Thanks to http://www.usshelena.org/cl50.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Tank Destroyers, http://www.bensavelkoul.nl/

USS Helena (CA-50) Light-Cruiser
The Battle at Kuala Gulf
Japanese IJn Suzukaze Destroyer hit Turrets from USS Helena during Kuala Gulf Battle
His rank Motor Machinst's Mate Second Class