All Hail theHero!
Pass Christian City Hall was jam packed in
November 1998, with family and friends of George McDonald as he was honored after 33 years in recognition of his heroic valor during a battle in Vietnam. Mayor Billy McDonald stood proud as he remarked that his six-foot-three cousin was always called "Little George" to differentiate from his father, "Big George."
The Bronze Star pinning was formally presented by Maj. General Fletcher Coker of the Mississippi Army National Guard as he apologized for the tardy recognition of George's valorous feats. Lt. Colonel Tim Powell read the orders as signed by the Secretary of War.
It read, "For meritorious achievement at the risk of life, Specialist Four George J. McDonald, while participating in a search-and-destroy mission in la Drange Valley of Vietnam with the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry on November 14 and 15, 1965, distinguished himself by valor in action."
"Upon landing in a helicopter assault, he aggressively took the attacking North Vietnamese enemy under fire from an exposed position with his grenade launcher. Expending his ammunition, he then joined his mortar crew in the assault. He then secured an M-16 rifle and resumed firing at the enemy."
"The next morning when the company was heavily attacked, losing all its officers, killed or wounded, and another 60 men killed or wounded, he bravely stood his ground throwing hand grenades and firing a grenade launcher, contributing greatly to a successful defense of the company position. Specialist Four McDonald's valorous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army, 7th Cavalry Regiment, and reflect great credit on himself and the military service."
Pass Christian is proud of George and all other Veterans who have served their country. A job well done, George!
George was a gentle person whom many persons were fond of.
He now rests in Live Oak Cemetery, Pass Christian.