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Don Pardee Moon
Born (1894-04-18)April 18, 1894
Died August 5, 1944(1944-08-05) (aged 50)
Place of birth Kokomo, Indiana
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1916–1944
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands held USS John D. Ford
Battles/wars World War II

Don Pardee Moon (April 18, 1894 – August 5, 1944) was a Rear Admiral of the United States Navy, who fought in the invasion of Europe. He was born in Kokomo, Indiana, USA. He married and had four children.


Moon entered the United States Naval Academy and graduated in June 1916, being particularly efficient in gunnery. He was assigned to the battleship Arizona (BB-39) and while there developed several instruments to improve gunnery. He later served in the battleships Colorado (BB-45) and Nevada (BB-36) before returning to shore in 1926.

By 1934 he was commanding officer of the Asiatic Fleet destroyer John D. Ford (DD-228). He was put in command of a destroyer division in 1940 and became a captain in 1941. He took part in the invasion of North Africa in 1942. In 1944 he was promoted to rear admiral. During the June 6, 1944 invasion of Normandy he directed the landings on Utah Beach from Bayfield (APA-33). For three weeks the Bayfield was in position off Utah beach and officers and men were on four hour rotating shifts for this entire time. Shortly afterwards the Bayfield was sent to Naples to for the invasion of Southern France. However, on August 5, 1944, Moon shot himself with his .45 caliber pistol. His suicide was blamed on battle fatigue.

He was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.[1] He was survived by his wife Sibyl, and his four children, Meredith, Don, David, and Peter.


Moon was depicted on a 2004 postage stamp issued to mark the 60th anniversary of D-Day by Sierra Leone.[2]


  • D-Day 1944 - Voices from Normandy, Robert Neillands and Roderick de Normann, Cold Spring Press, New York, 2004 ISBN 1-59360-012-7
  • My Dear Moon, Jonathon P. Alter, BookSurge Publishing, 2005 ISBN 978-1-4196-1253-4

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Naval History & Heritage Command document "Rear Admiral Don P. Moon". Retrieved on 6 September 2010.

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