Don went into the Navy in June of 1944. His boot camp was in Sampson, NY. Shortly after that he was assigned to The Pringle destoyer DD477 and almost immediately ended up in three battles in the Phillipens. Then off to Iwo. During his duty aboard ship it was hit with a kamakatzie, ship survived and was repaired. He applied for OTS and was excepted first to Princeton, then Bucknell and finally Uni of PA (Warton School). He was discharged on his 20th birthday June 26, 1946.