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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Veterans History Project
This #VeteranOfTheDay profile was created with interviews submitted to the Veterans History Project. The project collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war Veterans so that future generations may hear directly from Veterans and better understand the realities of war. Find out more at http://www.loc.gov/vets/.
Graphic designer: Emma Catlett
Editor: Kaylee Hogsed
Fact Checker: Jordan Gossett