David Charles McDonald

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  • Name: David Charles McDonald
  • Location of Birth: Wadena, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: December 12, 1947
  • Date of Death:
  • Parents: Charles William McDonald and Delores Joan (Plautz) McDonald
  • High School and Class: 1965 - Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1972 - Itasca Community College, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank: SGT (Sergeant) E-4
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: July 13, 1966
  • Place Sworn In: Armed Forces Examining & Entrance Station, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Inactive Reserves)
  • Date of Discharge: August 12, 1970
  • Place of Discharge: McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    July, 1966 August, 1966 Armed Forces Examining & Entrance Station (Inactive Reserves), Minneapolis, Minnesota
    August, 1966 October 1966 3703 Basic Military Training Squadron, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas
    October, 1966 June, 1967 3762 Student Squadron, Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas
    June, 1967 August, 1970 532 Strategic Missile Squadron, McConnell Air Force Base, Wichita, Kansas
    August, 1970 July, 1972 United States Air Force Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center (Inactive Reserves), Denver, Colorado
  • Military Awards:
    Missileman's Badge
    Combat Crew Badge
    National Defense Service Medal
    Outstanding Unit Award - December, 1967
    Good Conduct Medal
    Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Military Highlights:
    I was a Ballistic Missile Analyst Technician on a Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Launch Crew during the "Cold War". I was responsible for troubleshooting and maintaining missile readiness status on missile electrical and guidance system and underground missile silo complex. Enlisted man on a four man launch crew in Wichita, Kansas, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Tuscon, Arizona. Each had 18 missile silos. Total of 54 in the United States. The Titan II was the largest ICBM (Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) at that time.

  • Wars Involved:
    Cold War Veteran (1966-1970) - Vietnam Era

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Apprenticed as an electrician at Hibbing Taconite Company from 1977-2009. Engineering Program Graduate at Itasca Community College, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota from 1970-1972.

    Married Mary Elizabeth Brouilland in 1975. We had two children--our daughter, Heather, was born in 1976 and our son, Eric, was born in 1977. Eric died in 2017.

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