WWII heroism medal coming home

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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