This US Army veteran distinguished himself by gallantry in action on December 12, 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam while assigned to the 9th Infantry Division, 31st Infantry. While maneuvering around an enemy bunker complex he received direct fire from less than fifteen meters. Acting as if fatally wounded, he was given a chance to move to cover by his deception. Disregarding his own personal safety he charged the bunker hurling grenades, which eliminated all enemy soldiers. As a result of his action his element was able to eliminate several more enemy soldiers and the capture of three rifles, and an enemy regiment headquarters radio. Mr. McDonald was awarded the nation’s third highest award for valor, the Silver Star Medal, for this action. Mr. McDonald is a native of Alabama and has resided in Huntsville since 1991.