Grave marker for Merle R McDonald in Roselawn Memorial
Park, Monona (Dane county), Wisconsin
Neil enlisted in the Army at Camp
Croft, SC on 12 October 1942.
Pfc McDonald was reported MIA on
6 June 1944 but determined to have been wounded in action and in
hospital as of 24 June. He was ale to rejoin the company on 27 July.
He was wounded a second time in Holland on
10 October 1944 and was unable to return until 22 April 1945.
On 27 July 1945, Pfc McDonald was
listed on orders transferring 508th personnel to 19th Reinforcement
Depot for shipment home.
He was discharged on 13 September
1945. His military decorations include the Purple Heart with one
Oak Leaf Cluster as well as the Combat Infantryman badge and Bronze
Service Arrowhead device, both awarded for action during the Normandy,