It is with great sadness that we inform our PHR family that MSGT (R) Clyde A. MacDonald, nephew of a WWII Purple Heart recipient we honored in 2013, passed away on 23 March 2015. Clyde was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He was grateful to receive his uncle’s lost Purple Heart on behalf of the family and knew the meaning of service.
On 1 August, 2013, Purple Hearts Reunited hosted a special ceremony to honor TSGT Everett MacDonald at the Glenwood Cemetery in Everett, MA where he was buried. TSGT MacDonald was a radio operator on a B-24 Bomber who was KIA on 13 September 1944 during WWII. You can read more about the Purple Hearts Reunited event here. Below is Fox News coverage of the ceremony, which features an interview with Clyde and is one of our favorite videos to show the impact our mission has on veterans and military families.
Clyde’s daughter, Elena MacDonald, shared with us the sad news that her father has passed, and described how meaningful it was for he and his brother to receive TSGT MacDonald’s medals in 2013. She wrote:
I would like to express our eternal thanks to you for what you did for our family on 1 Aug. 2013 in Everett, Ma. The ceremony was one that we will always remember. Our father (Clyde A. MacDonald) and uncle (Gerald L. MacDonald) had a tremendous healing that we are forever grateful for. I have some news to tell you however. Our father, Clyde A. MacDonald passed away on 23 March, 2015 in Murrells Inlet, S.C. When I was on the telephone talking with you about our family situation with the medals early on, you said to me that sometime there was a spiritual aspect to this. Well, yes there is. Dad had a stroke on 28 Feb. and while in the stroke unit in Charleston, S.C. one night his uncle Everett in addition to my two uncles from my mom’s side who passed in 1997 and 2005 (both army veterans) respectively came to him in the hospital room amongst others.
Thank you for what you did for him and Uncle Gerry. While Dad’s passage was difficult he had peace when he passed in terms of not being afraid. God Bless you for what you do. You have a special gift. I and my family would like to say thank you for the peace you gave him. Again, we are grateful for what you did for him and thank you for everything you did for us. My dad has peace (which you were instrumental in) and we are thankful for that. Thank you for what you do.
We are honored to have been part of MSGT MacDonald’s life and grateful to have had the opportunity to meet him and his family. Rest in Peace and God Bless.