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Charles R. McDonald, Jr. - Bio


Affectionately known as Charlie, he is one of our most revered Vietnam Combat Veterans and certainly one of the most highly decorated. He enlisted in the fighting Navy in 1970 at the height of the War and served nearly all of his first tour as a Gunner's Mate in the Pacific War Theater on the Guided Missile Destroyer-USS Joseph Strauss. With less than two years off, he reenlisted in 1976, continued to further his Gunnery rating and concluded that six year stint, with the last two as a Gunnery Instructor at Great Lakes Naval Station. Charlie was discharged with a chest full of medals and the respected rank of Gunner's Mate First Class. His exemplary 10 years of honorable service has since supported and lifted him into the highest reaches of Veterans Service. The following are a testament to that standing.

Veterans Organizations/Offices

President, Vice President, Treasurer, Vietnam Veterans of Michiana
American Legion Post 303
Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, Quartermaster, VFW Post 360
President, St. Joseph County Memorial Day Society
Treasurer, St. Joseph County Veterans Commanders Council
Treasurer, USS Joseph Strauss DDG-16 Association
President of the Board of Directors, Military Honor Park and Museum
Vietnam Veterans of America

Medals and Awards

Navy Achievement Medal w/ CCD National Defense Service Medal
Navy Unit Commendation Vietnam Service Medal
Combat Action Ribbon Vietnam Campaign Medal
National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal
Navy Achievement Medal (2nd award)
Battle Efficiency E (3 awards)
Meritorious Unit Commendation Presidential Unit Citation
Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Good Conduct Medal (Second award)
Expert Rifle Award (3 awards)
Expert Pistol award (3 awards)

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