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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: February 27, 1950
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

John Joseph McDonald III

Los Angeles, California

A Scotsman from the old school, Mac could match plaids with the best of them, possessing all the quiet humor of his race, yet lacking entirely its legendary frugality. Mac hailed from the Minnesota snowbanks, but made a residential shift to California youngster year, and even managed to stir up a lasting romance with his first Santa Monica sunburn. Mac, a proficient boxer and swimmer, participated in numerous sports instead of specializing. In studies Mac was no savoir, but a little hard work always kept him above the danger mark. A deep sense of loyalty and a sincere consideration for others will place him in the van wherever he goes.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


John was lost when his F4U-5 Corsair crashed on February 27, 1950 near NAS Atlantic City while conducting gunnery practice.

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