Donald joined the National Guard in 1936 and became activated into federal service in 1941. He graduated as a flight officer in the air corps in 1942. He then served in the North African campaign and was credited with 20 combat missions before the announcement of his death in 1944. Schofield was awarded the Purple Heart and four Air Medal clusters posthumously.
On May 20, 1962, then Rhode Island Governor John Notte, Jr., named the newly completed National Guard Amory at 705 New London Avenue, Cranston after Lieutenant Donald S. Schofield.
Schofield was from Lonsdale, RI.