From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John McDonald, III '44

Date of birth: July 21, 1921

Date of death: February 27, 1950

Age: 28

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when his F4U-5 Corsair crashed on February 27, 1950 near NAS Atlantic City. He had recently been engaged to be married. (Information from May 1950 issue of Shipmate.)

The Republican and Herald on February 28, 1950 reported that he most likely lost consciousness from lack of oxygen while at 28,000 feet; his aircraft crashed into the sea off Beach Haven. From researcher Kathy Franz: "Father was John, mother Isabelle, brothers Kirk and Stewart."

Class of 1944

John is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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