William J. Donohue
Lost at Sea on Tanker
(October 2, 1942) -- Mrs. Mary Donohue, 70 years old, and a widow for 23
years, still has hopes for her sailor son, although the navy department this
week announced he was lost when the oil tanker on which he served was
torpedoed and sunk last January.
The tanker Astral was reported hit by a torpedo and sunk on Dec. 2, 1941, killing all 37 aboard.
Thirty-nine years old, and a native of Portchester, N.Y., William J. Donohue, entered the navy during the last war
and had followed the sea ever since.
From The Nutley Sun, October 2, 1942
Widowed Mother Hopes For Lost Seaman-Son
U.S. Merchant Vessel War Casualties of WWII Robert M. Browning, Jr., Naval Institute Press, ISBN 1-55750-087-8
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