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David Lamar McDonald Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 5 Oct 2009

Biographical History

David L. McDonald (1906-1997) was a United States Navy officer for more than forty years. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy (class of 1928) and later studied at the National War College (1950-1951). Commissioned as an ensign in 1928, he was designated a naval aviator in 1931 and eventually rose to the rank of admiral in 1963. He served aboard several navy ships early in his career and commanded three others, including the U.S.S. Coral Sea; other postings included instructor at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, commander of the Sixth Fleet, chief of Naval Operations, and commander of U.S. Naval forces in Europe. He saw active duty during World War II and Vietnam, and receivedthe Navy Distinguished Service Medal (twice), the Legion of Merit, and a Bronze Star. He retired with the rank of Admiral.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The David L. McDonald Papers consists of audiorecordings, subject files, and writings.

Audiorecordings include conferences, interviews, and news briefings.

Subject files contains official Navy biographical material and a few clippings about McDonald.

Writings contains addresses and remarks delivered on various occasions, articles by McDonald, and statements before various Congressional committees.

Arrangement of the Collection

Arranged by type and within that by title or subject, with the exception of the audiotapes, which are arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous collections relating to military history; please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


McDonald, David L. (David Lamar), 1906-1997.

Corporate Bodies

United States. Navy -- Officers.

Genres and Forms

Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

David L. McDonald Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of H. E. Hetu, 1965.

Table of Contents


Subject files