They made the Ultimate Sacrifice
MCDONALD, John Hugh, AB, V26258, RCNVR, MPK - 07 Sep 1942, HMCS RACCOON - Son of Angus L. and Esther MacDonald, of New Victoria, Nova Scotia.
Prior to joining the Navy, John worked as a miner. He also served in the 2nd Battallion North Nova Scotia Highlanders (non-permanent active militia) from 22 Nov 1940 - 21 Dec 1940.
AB McDonald died when his ship, HMCS RACCOON, which was on convoy escort in the St. Lawrence River off the Gaspé Peninsula, was hit and sunk by two torpedoes from U165. All 37 hands were lost.
Ships served in:
SPECIAL SERVICE DIVISION RCNVR - Enlisted 06 Aug 1941
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 06 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS PROTECTOR - Drafted to PROTECTOR 12 Aug 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
HMCS STADACONA - Drafted to STADACONA 10 Nov 1941 as an OS, RCNVR
* Rated A/AB 06 Aug 1942
HMCS RACCOON - Drafted to RACCOON 12 Aug 1942 as an A/AB, RCNVR
(JM01) Certificate of Service - pages 1 and 2
(JM02) Letter to AB McDonald's mother
(JM03) Article on the death of AB John Hugh (Buddy) McDonald