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is honored on Panel 12E, Line 80 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Lunch

    Posted on 12/26/14 - by Steven Soden


    Steven Soden

    When it happens, the laws of nature are suspended, and in an unexpected moment something takes place and lasts for all moments. It’s the instant two pair of eyes meet. A bond as strong as gravity painted with an exquisite delicacy that only time provides.

    Across the din and clatter of lunch, in his eyes I saw my past and in my heart I felt the void that comes of growing up, in that moment, the one, which, is common to both of us. His hurt imperceptible but to me. The hint of a shadow crossing his eyes, his next breath held longer knowing how precious each breath is.

    Twenty years ago I attended his son’s funeral with its military honors. This son’s return and my days before shipping out marked our final crossing. The point is where the experience of my next year, or less, is to end.

    With crossed rifles pinned to the lapel of my green army uniform, on my way to Vietnam. I stand with my hands clasped behind my back at parade rest, as his son returned from Vietnam, his final rest.
  • SPC James (Jimmy) Howard McDonald

    Posted on 10/11/14 - by MSG(RET) Robert W McKey Jr
    Jimmy and I serviced together in the same
    PLT and the same Squad for 5 months before he gave his life for the USA. He was a great friend and a great brother in arms.
    Rest in peace my brother.
    MSGT (RET) Robert W McKey Jr
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 James Howard McDonald, 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
  • We Remember

    Posted on 8/25/12 - by Robert Sage

    James is buried at Carpinteria Cemetery, Carpinteria, Santa Barbara County, CA.

  • Photo of James McDonald

    Posted on 10/3/11 - by
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