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George Columbus McDonald
Birth: Jul. 8, 1920
Colorado Springs
El Paso County
Colorado, USA
Death: Jul. 29, 1967, Vietnam

47 years 21 days

Adopted son of
Washington Columbus McDonald (1878 - 1953)
Margarete "Maggie" C Holmes McDonald (1877 - 1949)

He was one of the best jet mechanics the US Navy had to offer, he lost his life onboard the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) on the morning of 29 July 1967 when a Zuni rocket discharged and a series of chain reaction explosions occurred setting off a fire storm on the aft third of the flight deck.

George's name appears on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial "The Wall" Panel E 24 Line 32. His name also appears in the book Sailors to the End written by Gregory A Freeman. He was a ADJ1 in squadron VF-74 at the time of his death. VF-74 lost 42 enlisted personnel out of the 134 men that lost their lives that day. He loved the navy and he loved his job.

George had an adopted brother Don and sister Margarette and they grew up in Lancaster California, his parents were of the old school, they were strict but fair. Not sure where he met the love of his life Mary Lydia. She had been married 3 times before and had 2 daughters but that didn't deter George. They married in 1949 and a year later had a son.

There wasn't much that George couldn't or wouldn't do for his family, so if the girls dresses needed ironing he did it. Since he was use to ironing his navy uniforms "No Problem" he would say. He loved to cook and often helped in the kitchen, more times than not you would find him drying the dishes. He loved to work on cars! He also loved to play golf and got a Hole-in-One once...

In 1951 George and Mary were able to buy their 1st home at 6412 Celia Vista Drive San Diego California. That truly was a dream come true for both of them. Mary died of cancer in May of 1959 and the loss was unbearable, but he had a 9 year old son and life had to move forward.

We didn't always see eye to eye, but I am so glad that when we said our last "see ya's" we were good friends and for that I will always be grateful. He had sent me a card and $20 and said "I know there is no such thing as Happy Daughter's Day but there should be." it was the last time I would hear from him... that was June 24 of 1967

Family links: 
  Washington Columbus McDonald (1878 - 1953)
  Marguerite Caroline Holmes McDonald (1877 - 1949)
  Mary Emma Pugh McDonald (1915 - 2007)*
  Mary Lydia Powers McDonald (1915 - 1959)*
  John Eugene McDonald (1950 - 2016)*
  Minnie Caroline Payne Parcell (1893 - 1957)**
  George Columbus McDonald (1920 - 1967)
  Donald Michael McDonald (1924 - 1983)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: NGL shows last name as "Mc Donald"
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: Section PS-5 Site 156
Maintained by: Mary Lou McCormick
Originally Created by: Robert
Record added: Nov 16, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16674948
George Columbus McDonald
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George Columbus McDonald
Added by: Mary Lou McCormick
George Columbus McDonald
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Merry Christmas Dad, we had some fun ones but not nearly enough...
- Hugs, ML
 Added: Dec. 25, 2016
Honoring you on this day, Wreaths Across America 2016 Dad, wish I could go out to Rosecrans today...Love you
- ML
 Added: Dec. 17, 2016
Just thinking about you today Dad, Navy till the end...wish We could sit and talk. I'm back in California now and more lonely than ever, what ever made me think this would be a good idea? Needed to hear your wise and sage advice!! Love and miss you..........(Read more)
- Hugs, ML
 Added: Nov. 11, 2016
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