WWII heroism medal coming home

Obituaries

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Robert “T-Bob” Cassels, Jr., 78, of the Rosefield Community, passed from this life on Sunday, Sep

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Chuckey Marvin Foley, 57, of Orlando, Florida and a native of Jena, LA, passed away to be with th

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Shirley Beth Hatten, 77, of Jena, passed from this life on Friday, September 14, 2018, at the LaS

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mary Parker Valentine Taylor, 94, of the Belah Community near Jena, passed from this life on Wedn

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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A World War II heroism medal awarded to a sailor born in Good Pine is being returned to Jena for a special ceremony on Saturday, November 18, 2017, some 72 years after the sailor was declared missing in action.

Todd Creekman, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), Executive Director Emeritus, Naval Historical Foundation, has been working with Jena Mayor LaDawn Edwards, for a number of months trying to locate any relatives of the sailor, Navy Ensign Lee Roy McDonnell.

McDonnell was born in Good Pine in 1911, joined the U.S. Navy on July 2, 1929 (as an 18-year-old), served into World War II, and was declared missing in action in February 1945 during the American return to the Philippines under General Douglas MacArthur, when his ship was sunk in combat with the Japanese near Manila Bay.

 

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