William (Bill) McDonald, Paratrooper, 17th Airborne Division, Mn Nat Guard

William ("Bill") McDonald, enlisted in the Army in 1942, He then took a troop ship from San Francisco to North Africa and served in an engineering unit in N. Africa and Italy. He completed paratrooper training and then served with the 17th Airborne Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In March 1945 Bill jumped across the Rhine into Germany. He was in the reserves when he was called back during the Korean War to serve in Germany. He then served in the Minnesota National Guard until his retirement in 1976, achieving the rank of full Colonel.
Information extracted from an article about his life in the Stillwater Gazette Viewpoints Monday, February 16, 2009 Page 4.

  Bill McDonald (right) was a long-time member of Cafe Philo - Bayport, MN.



Age 93 , of Stillwater Died January 5th, 2018 Retired 3M corporate scientist; WWII veteran; retired field artillery colonel, Minnesota Army National Guard; farmer; author of four books, including a collection of weekly columns written for the Stillwater Gazette. A lifelong learner, Bill obtained his law degree in his late 50's and a M.F.A. in creative writing in his 70's. He loved writing and being in the woods on his tractor well into his 90's. Preceded in death by first wife, Ann (DeWitt) McDonald, in 1969, with whom he raised four children on their Stillwater Township farm: Patrick (Gayle); Scott (Deb); Deb (John); and Brad (Jane), all surviving, together with 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Also preceded in death by wife Lois Lee McDonald. Also survived by former wife Grace McDonald and by brother Jerry McDonald, Sioux Falls, SD. A memorial service will be held Monday January 15, 2018 at 11:00AM at BRADSHAW CELEBRATION OF LIFE CENTER, 2800 Curve Crest Boulevard, Stillwater. Visitation one hour prior to the service. Memorials preferred to the Gathering at Boutwell's Landing. 651-439-5511
Published in Pioneer Press on Jan. 7, 2018