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John S. McDonald  1955

Cullum No. 20373-1955 | 1/8/2004 | Died in Weeki Wachee, FL
Inurned in West Point Post Cemetery, West Point, NY

 


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Most cadets only suffer through one Plebe year. <em>John Sheridan McDonald </em>suffered through two. The year before John obtained his congressional appointment to West Point, he spent one year attending Maritime College at Ft. Schuyler, NY.</p>
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John grew up with three brothers, Morton, Ron, and Larry, in Ticonderoga NY, and attended Ticonderoga High School. He spent many hours on Lake George, and fishing and boating became lifelong pastimes for &ldquo;Mac.&rdquo; His greatest ambition, however, was to fly.</p>
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John readily adapted to the West Point regimen. One of the older members of the class, he also came to be called &ldquo;Dad.&rdquo; He always was willing to lend a hand in helping his roommates and others with particularly complex study issues. He could easily have worn stars had he diligently applied himself and not spent so much time helping others. Mac also spent time enjoying life, with skiing and marksmanship as his pet hobbies. He managed the cadet rifle team for three years and was a member of the .30-caliber rifle club for three years. During First Class year, he served part of the year as the cadet company commander of C-2 Company. By graduation, his grades were high enough to obtain an Air Force commission.</p>
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After serving as his roommate&rsquo;s best man, Mac and Betty Lavery, an &ldquo;Army brat,&rdquo; married on 4 Jul 1955 and began the Air Force odyssey of flight school and qualifications. John joined the 554th Fighter Bomber Squadron, an F-86F and F-100 unit. He was tasked as the PE (personal equipment) officer and had to brief the entire squadron on new equipment. The squadron&rsquo;s parachutes were being modified to help in a low-level bail out, and John briefed the squadron on the modification. After the briefing, as he was leaving the room, the chute attachment caught on the door handle of the classroom. As the door closed, the chute activated. John tried to gather the chute, but became covered with parachute. He handled the incident with his usual sense of humor, a trait that served him well for his entire life. Phil Bouchard, who flew T-33s with John out of Tinker AFB when they were getting their master&rsquo;s degrees at the University of Oklahoma, summarized John&rsquo;s great strengths: John was a cool, calm, professional officer; a great family man; a loving husband and father; and an individual who lived life courageously and to the fullest.</p>
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John attended the Air Command and Staff College in 1966. He then went to Viet Nam as a forward air controller for the 4th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals, and two Air Force Commendation Medals. He served as an Airborne Warning and Control Systems special project officer after returning to the States. He retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel in 1977 and became a member of the technical staff of Mitre Corporation at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.</p>
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He and Betty had five children: Michelle, Peggy, Jack, Lori, and Mary; and eight grandchildren (as of this writing). After retirement, John and Betty did quite a bit of traveling, including trips to Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, and Germany, as well as some cruises. Both he and Betty became avid golfers and resided for about half of the year in a golf community in Florida. John proudly served as the commander of the Daedalians for the New England region &ldquo;Minutemen,&rdquo; an organization founded after WWI to carry on the fighter pilot traditions. He was a member of the Lions Club, Toastmasters, various professional organizations such as &ldquo;Old Crows,&rdquo; Electronic Warfare Measures, and the Fighter Pilot Research Organization. He served on the board of the Ticonderoga Country Club and was the president of the Black Point Road Civic Association.</p>
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John contracted mesothelioma, a rare cancer that attacks the linings of the chest, abdominal cavity, and heart. He and Betty fought the good fight in combating the disease, and he was an inspiration to all for the heroic manner in which he continued the struggle. John maintained a forward-looking attitude throughout his illness. After the disease progressed rapidly, John went into hospice care at their home in Florida. He continued to play golf every chance he got, when his strength was up to it, until he succumbed to the disease.</p>
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John Sheridan McDonald was a fine father, husband, airman, soldier, and friend to all who knew him. He continually practiced and displayed the highest ideals of West Point and &ldquo;Duty, Honor, Country.&rdquo;</p>

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