William "Bill" James Mac (Makedonsky)

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  • Name: William "Bill" James Mac (Makedonsky)
  • Location of Birth: Dawson, North Dakota
  • Date of Birth: July 25, 1918
  • Date of Death: February 11, 1997
  • Parents: Dimitri Jake Makedonsky & Sophia Makedonsky
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  • Highest Rank: B1 (Boilermaker First Class Petty Officer)
  • Branch: Navy
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  • Date Sworn In: December 30, 1940
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  • Date of Discharge: January 26, 1945
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    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: William Makedonsky
    Race: White
    Age: 22
    Birth Date: July 25, 1918
    Birth Place: Dawson, North Dakota, USA
    Residence Place: Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: October 16, 1940
    Employer: Blandin Paper Co., Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota
    Weight: 160
    Height: 5-9
    Complexion: Dark
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Black
    Next of Kin: Jake Makedonsky, father, R.F.D. #2, Grand Rapids, Itasca, Minnesota

    Bill Makedonsky entered the U.S. Navy in 1940 and was aboard a ship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    William Makedonsky returned to Grand Rapids after his discharge from the Navy in 1945 and lived there for many years. He then moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado and Hagerman, Idaho, where he had a commercial trout farm. He retired in Medford, Oregon and then moved to Valrico, Florida. Bill changed his last name to "Mac" on his Social Security records in August 1971.

    Bill died in Valrico, Florida and his ashes are in Bay Pines National Cemetery, Florida (Section 61, Row 16, Site 28). He is survived by his son, William James Mac, Jr; a dear friend, Frieda Hall; a brother, George; three sisters, Annie, Martha and Minnie. Preceding him in death were his parents, Sophia in 1977 and Dimitri Jake in 1980; a sister, Mary in April 1986; and a brother Steve in February 1996.

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