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S.S. Zebulon B. Vance Launch, 6 Dec. 1941 [image from Cape Fear Museum]

 He was then employed by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Company.  The shipyard was located in Wilmington, NC and had been created as part of the U.S. Government's Emergency Shipbuilding Program .

The Liberty Ship SS Zebulon B. Vance  was the first ship built by the company, one of 24 Liberty ships built there by 15 March 1943.


Draft registration card for Neil A. recorded ca. 1942 based on his age of 19. 

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 rejoined the company on 27 July.

He 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, France Campaign.

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