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is honored on Panel 30E, Line 64 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • John

    Posted on 1/1/19
    John......Honoring you on your birthday.....God Bless.
  • Gone but never forgotten...from your 1st cousin once removed, Tammi

    Posted on 11/30/13 - by Tammi Peterson Mitchell
    I remember attending John's funeral service in Sweet Home (?), Oregon when I was about 10 years old; everyone there was just heartbroken so I knew John had to have been someone very special even though I had never met him before.

    When I was in Washington, DC many years ago I went to the Viet Nam memorial looing for his name; I tried and tried to find it but could not--so just took a photo of a small section of the monument to remember the moment. When i got home and developed my film, I could hardly believe my eyes---there in the far right of the photo was the name "John Alan Macdonald." I have no doubt I was led to the exact spot on the memorial where his name was carved. Ever since then I have wondered how John and I were connected somehow.

    I brought his name up at a family gathering this Thanksgiving and asked if anyone knew him---his dad Frank's brother Jimmy said that Joh was a very quiet young man...that his parents found out about John's death by seeing it on broke their hearts beyond belief to lose their precious son, and also to find about his death in that manner.

    I am proud to be related to John---his Dad Frank was my mom Mari McDonald Peterson were first cousins. I will never forget attending John's funeral and the 21 gun (?) salute; his death impacted me greatly and I am so sorry he died too soon for us to get acquainted on this side. I would have loved to have known him better but want him to know he still loved and not forgotten.

    Tammi Peterson Mitchell
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/31/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 John Alan MacDonald, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • A good friend

    Posted on 5/26/12 - by Edward McLeod
    John was great freind. When we were off duty we hung out together with Gerald McKinney. Have memories that i'll never forget.

    Posted on 12/14/06 - by Bill Nelson: Nam Vet 101st Airborne

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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