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PFC John William MacDonald
Fri Jun 15, 2018 13:05

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.

PFC John William MacDonald, F Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, was reported “Killed in Action” due to gunshot wounds on 20 November 1943 on Tarawa. In 2011/2012, Chief Rick Stone, while a member of the Department of Defense (DoD), investigated all of the Tarawa MIA’s and concluded that PFC MacDonald was NOT a most likely match to any of the 103 Tarawa “Unknowns” buried in the Punchbowl Cemetery. On 26 November 2012, The Chief Rick Stone and Family Charitable Foundation, using advanced law enforcement investigative techniques and sophisticated technologies not available to DoD or to government contractors, submitted a report to the DoD concluding that PFC MacDonald was buried on Tarawa in Cemetery 27. In 2015, Cemetery 27 was discovered underneath a parking lot on Tarawa and PFC MacDonald was recovered by a “non-profit” corporation paid $1.5 million in 2015 to recover remains. His identification by the DoD was officially announced on 1 September 2016. Our charitable foundation’s sole mission regarding MIA activities is to provide research information to MIA families and to the DoD upon request. Our Foundation does not claim to be involved in field recovery efforts. We care absolutely nothing about receiving “credit” for the recovery and identification of missing Americans who have given their life for our freedom. Anyone who seeks “credit” for this noble cause and is jealous of any other person or group’s activities to help in some small way to further the goal of bringing our heroes home detracts from the memory of these brave men and women. Our Foundation does NOT seek or accept government funding. We do NOT spend taxpayer dollars in our MIA activities while at the same time use our efforts as a fundraising tool to actively seek private donations. We see a distinct ethical conflict for those organizations that operate this way and have great pity for those that who do not see this as a problem. For more facts regarding our Foundation’s MIA activities, visit our web site at

Welcome home Marine! We share the joy of your family in your return to Massachusetts! God Bless you and thanks to ALL who were involved in the process to find you and bring you home! We never forgot you and your service to our country!

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