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Keith McDonald

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Keith A. McDonald
Born 1950s.
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   Served in the United States Marines from 1975 to 1995 retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant.
Served in Beirut, Desert Storm and Somalia



Keith was born on 1 Jul 1957 in Robinson, Crawford County, Illinois. His family moved to North Riverside, Cook County, Illinois when he was 2. Attending public schools, he graduated from Riverside-Brookfield High School in 1975. Using military incentives, earned Associates, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Masters in Software Engineering from National University in San Diego, California.

Military Service

Keith enlisted in the US Marine Corps under the delayed entry program while in his senior year of high school. He reported to MCRD San Diego for recruit training on 26 Jun 1975.

He served with the 2d Battalion and 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines 3rd Marine Division on Camp Schwab, Okinawa for 1 year with 1 float to Japan and the Philippines, then spent 7 years in the 2d Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division on Camp Lejeune, NC with 2 floats to the Mediterranean and 2 tours in Beirut as part of the Multi National peacekeeping force. The first tour was scheduled, the second tour was as part of the replacement force after the bombing of the BLT Headquarters building in 1983, the same building where he was assigned just months before.

His next duty assignment again lasted 7 years with Headquarters Company, Headquarters Battalion, 1st Marine Division on Camp Pendleton, Ca. Initially he remained in the 03xx infantry MOS, but serving with the HQ staff in training and education billets. in 1987 after completing a Masters Degree in Software Engineering, he changed his MOS to the 40xx computer field and was assigned to the Information Systems Management Office handling both individual computers and the emerging field of PC networking. In 1990 he deployed with advance elements of the Division and helped established the first in country USMC computer network during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

His last tour of duty was with MCCTA, MCB Quantico VA, again assigned to the section that handled computers and networking. From here he made a short deployment to Somalia as part of a detachment that provided mainframe support to units stationed there.

He retired on 30 Jul 1995 after 20 years of service, attaining the rank of Gunnery Sergeant.

Military Timeline

  • 1974 - enlisted under Delayed Entry Program, finish high school, but committed to service
  • 26 Jun 1975 - Report to MCRD San Diego for recruit training, assigned to Platoon 1073
  • Dec 1975 - reported to Camp Pendleton, California for Infantry Training School
  • Jan 1976 - assigned as rifleman to 2nd Bn, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division at Camp Schwab, Okinawa. Unit deployed afloat to Japan and the Philippines.
  • Sep 1976 - assigned to 3rd Bn, 9th Marines for duty with Camp Guard unit, Camp Schwab
  • Feb 1977 - Assigned as a grenadier to Golf Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, Camp Lejeune NC, deployed on 1st and 2nd Med Cruise
  • assigned as platoon sergeant to Fox Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines due to force restructuring
  • assigned as training and education NCO to Echo Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, deployed on 3rd Med Crusie
  • assigned as S-3, Assistant Operations Chief to H&S Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines, deployed on 4th Med Cruise to Beirut Lebanon
  • assigned to Wpns Co, 2nd Bn, 6th Marines as Dragon Section Leader, deployed to Beirut Lebanon as part of the replacement force after the bombing of the BLT Hqtrs in 1983
  • 1984 transferred to Hq Bn 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, Ca
  • assignments as division education nco, hq bn training nco, division computer programming chief
  • 1992 transferred to MCCTA, Quantico Va for duty with the marine corps networking section and the hq bn networking chief
  • 1993 deployed briefy to Somalia
  • 30 Jun 1995 retired from active duty

Military Decorations

His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with 3 gold stars, Navy Combat Action Ribbon. Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation with bronze star, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Marine Good Conduct Medal with silver star, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal with bronze star, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 bronze stars, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 4 bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)

Civilian Life

After leaving the Marine Corps, he worked for several companies, all of them as a consultant in the computer networking and directory services field.

Member of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, West Virginia Society, General Adam Stephens Chapter.

Member of the Sports Car Club of America and races a Formula Enterprises car. (open wheel, open cockpit)


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On 18 May 2017 at 03:22 GMT Michael Webster wrote:

Keith, The Bronze Air Medal is just that. I know it's not the Bronze Star but people most of the time call it the Air Medal. My Uncle was decorated with the Air Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster. His Father served in the 8th AAF and USSTAAFE under Gen Carl Spaatz as DC/S and A-1, AC/S, 8th AAF Fighter Command. He also served in WWI with the 13th PS and the only "Ace" from Mississippi. Carl Spaatz was my Grandfather's instructor and also flew with him in the 13th PS in WWI. Col. William Howard Stovall was also a character in the book, "12 O'clock High", as he knew both Sy Bartlett and Bernie Lay well. He was one of the first officers of the 8th AAF who went out with Monk Hunter collecting the first 180 planes of the 97th BF, 1st FG, and 60th TCG to take to England in the BOLERO Movement.

On 17 May 2017 at 18:43 GMT David Morehead wrote:

Thank you Keith for your service and for your contributions here on Wiki, especially on my uncles's profiles. Much appreciated my friend !

On 12 Dec 2016 at 23:44 GMT Paula J wrote:

wonderful wikitreer
Keith McDonald is a Wonderful WikiTreer.

On 2 Apr 2016 at 17:44 GMT Paula J wrote:


If we could add as many super stars as you deserve, there would be no room on your profile for anything else!!!!

Thanks so much!


On 3 Feb 2016 at 06:10 GMT Terry Wright wrote:

Thanks Keith :)

On 28 Jan 2016 at 16:16 GMT David Wilson wrote:

Howdy Keith,

I see we are 5th Cousins 2 X Removed through Luke Hazelwood Sr..


* David *

On 26 Jan 2016 at 11:50 GMT Sir William (Arbuthnot) Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster Bt wrote:

We are 20c 1r

On 26 Dec 2015 at 22:44 GMT Scott Ledbetter wrote:

Hey Keith,

I just wanted to let you know that we are 6th cousins 1 time removed via Reinhardt R Alspach.

Queen Elizabeth II Keith is 23 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 22 degrees from Liz Shifflett, 25 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor and 40 degrees from Saint Pope John Paul II Wojtyla on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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