Veteran of the Day graphic for Howard McDonald

Veteran of the Day graphic created by Emma Catlett for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is United States Army Air Corps and Air Force Veteran Howard C. McDonald. Howard served during World War II from 1940 to 1945.

Howard C. McDonald enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in September 1939. At the time, he was studying at the University of Florida. When he enlisted, he was sent to Chanute Air Base in Rantoul, Ill. and later was sent to work as a tech sergeant in Communications. Part of his job involved the use of skip bombing systems, which are systems that enable people to judge how a bomb dropped by planes may skip across the water and sink ships. During the war, Howard spent a total of 33 months overseas, most of which were spent stationed on the island of New Guinea. After serving there, Howard was stationed at Hendricks Field in Sebring, Fla., where he got a job directing the radio department. Soon after that, he married his wife and worked at her family’s canning company, The Royal Oceana Can Company. Located in Michigan, Howard worked as the CEO for 35 years before retiring. In September 2017, Howard passed away.

We honor his service.

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Graphic designer: Emma Catlett

Editor: Kaylee Hogsed

Fact Checker: Jordan Gossett

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Published on Jun. 12, 2019

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  1. Martha McDonald June 15, 2019 at 10:50 am

    The family of Howard C. McDonald thanks Christine Perrera, the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Blog’s Contributors, and those who honored my father’s service in the Army Air Corps in WWII. We are very proud of our father and his military service. He passed away at 99 years old in September 2017. We miss him every day. Thank you for your interest and honoring our national heroes.

  2. Howard Brian McDonald June 15, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Howard was with the 5th Army Air Corp 3rd bomb group.8th squadron. They were the first ones to arrive in New Guinea. 75 percent off his squadron did not survive the war. They were heavily involved in modifying existing aircraft to meet the needs of the South Pacific campaign. Europe first set a situation of lack of equipment and staff. They did persevere eventually at great loss of life. He also was a great father. Howard Brian McDonald

  3. Robert Bostic June 13, 2019 at 11:39 am

    We honor the service of United States Army Air Corps and Air Force Veteran Howard C. McDonald.

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