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,