Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division


Place and date: Near Kontum City, Republic of Vietnam, 7 June 1968


Entered service at: Beckley, West Virginia


Born: 13 September 1941. Avondale, West Virginia




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. McDonald distinguished himself while serving as a team leader with the 1st Platoon of Company A. While on a combat mission his platoon came under heavy barrage of automatic weapons fire from a well concealed company-size enemy force. Volunteering to escort 2 wounded comrades to an evacuation point, Pfc. McDonald crawled through intense fire to destroy with a grenade an enemy automatic weapon threatening the safety of the evacuation. Returning to his platoon, he again volunteered to provide covering fire for the maneuver of the platoon from its exposed position. Realizing the threat he posed, enemy gunners concentrated their fire on Pfc. McDonald's position, seriously wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Pfc. McDonald recovered the weapon of a wounded machine gunner to provide accurate covering fire for the gunner's evacuation. When other soldiers were pinned down by a heavy volume of fire from a hostile machine gun to his front, Pfc. McDonald crawled toward the enemy position to destroy it with grenades. He was mortally wounded in this intrepid action, Pfc. McDonald's gallantry at the risk of his life which resulted in the saving of the lives of his comrades, is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


The following message was received on 6 October 2002:

I want to thank you. My uncle  is Pfc. Phill G McDonald. Until today all that I have known about him was through stories from my mom. Now I know what really happened and I am so very proud. This is a story that I want all three of my boys to know. You helped me tell it to them.

Thank You,
Christine Needham <>

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Last name: MC DONALD

First name: PHILL GENE

Home of Record (official): GREENSBORO

State (official): NC

Date of Birth: Tuesday, September 23, 1941

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


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Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 51713890

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10


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Start of Tour: Friday, March 22, 1968

Date of Casualty: Friday, June 7, 1968

Age at time of loss: 26

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Kontum

The Wall: Panel 59W - Row 026


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