D. White
Biographical information



Date of death:

2508[note 1]

Physical information




Officer's RIG


Red (balding)



Chronological and political information




D. White was the First Officer aboard the USG Ishimura[1].


Originally serving as a military pilot back on Earth during the Resource Wars, White joined the C.E.C. when the war ended, eventually becoming the First Officer of the prestigious USG Ishimura below Captain Benjamin Mathius. Although Mathius was a devout Unitologist, White did not share in these views and was rather critical of Unitology and wary of their growing presence on the ship; his unsavory views of Unitology were evidenced by a list he made of all the known Unitologists aboard the ship.

Despite his dislike of Unitology, he elected to hold his tongue on these matters and continued following the orders of the Captain despite his affiliations to the Church of Unitology. It would not be until the Necromorph infestation of the Ishimura and the increasingly irrational behavior of the Captain began evidencing itself, that he would dare protest the Captain's orders.

When an erratic and disturbed Mathius begins wildly ranting and orders Dr. Kyne to be placed under arrest, White and Chic decide that Mathius has gone too far and attempt to restrain him as Dr. Kyne tries to administer a sedative. Mathius, however, breaks free of their grasp and, while choking Kyne, is portrayed as being pushed into the needle Kyne was holding when White and Chic tried to restrain him once more. White and Chic were responsible for the Captain's death by pushing him into the needle, White immediately declares Kyne a killer and attempts to arrest him[note 2].

Following the death of Mathius, control of the ship was handed over to White. White, however, was unable to reestablish contact with the rest of the ship and instead became more and more pessimistic in regard to their chances for survival. By the time Alissa Vincent arrived on the bridge, White had completely lost all hope, believing the entire ship to be lost; this attitude was further reinforced by the discovery that Kyne was sabotaging the ship in order to scuttle it.

Alissa, disgusted with White's pessimism towards their fates and ability to avert them, struck White in the face and left the Bridge. This would mark the last appearance of White; he was likely killed by a Necromorph as the Bridge was eventually overrun.


White is shown to be a rational and logic-based individual who eschews more fantastic explanations for mundane and pragmatic ones. Despite his contempt for fantastical institutions such as the Church of Unitology, he does not allow this to affect his work despite serving with and directly underneath several Unitologists. Though, it should be noted that despite his obvious professionalism, White can and does question orders if they become too irrational and/or erratic.


  • According to a log found by Isaac Clarke, White has an extreme dislike for Unitologists.
  • The name of White may be a reference to Dan White, the San Francisco city councilor who killed Harvey Milk and the San Francisco's mayor George Moscone, in 1978.


  1. Dead Space: Downfall takes place three years before the events of Dead Space 2.
  2. It should be noted that Dead Space displays these events considerably differently, thus this scene may not be considered canon to what actually occurred


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