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Hello all,

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Invasion and Dad was one of the countless soldiers who participated in the D-Day landings.  We're working out the details that my three brothers and I can take me back over to France for the Anniversary.  As part of that we're contacting all sorts of agencies here and in Europe who may be able to cover (or at least help) the travel expenses.   In contacting them we sent along an essay my nephew wrote for a class.  He was to interview a veteran (he chose Dad) and write a timeline as if they had done it (i.e. in first person).  He did a marvelous job, so we included that to the organizations we're petitioning and I thought some of you may find it interesting as well.  Dad is something special to be sure, but just as surely, so were his brothers in arms.  :salute:


Thomas Meton Macdonnell, MD
Boys State 1939
Medical Doctor
State Representative 140 district (4 terms)
Vice President of Missouri State Medical Association 1993, Current Honorary Vice President 2012
Past member of the Board of Regents and President of Board – SMSU – Southwest Missouri State University which is now Missouri State University.
Past member and President of Marshfield School Board, (Two terms).
Webster County Medical Society Current President.
State Board of Health 2 terms, 8 years.
Military History 
    Thomas Meton Macdonnell
    2nd Plat. Battery A: 467AAA AW Bn, S.P
    Silver Star, Purple Heart Recipient
Awarded Arrow Head award for being part of the initial landing wave on Omaha Beach. 442 awards were given.
 October 20th, 1942 – I enlisted in the reserves and was going to school at Drury and the summer at SMS. I Took 5 hours of German and Chemistry classes. 

June of 1943 – Called into Active duty – Inducted in Des Moines, Iowa and Sent to Camp Wallace is TX for basic training. Tested in Aptitude and qualified for ASTP (Army Student Training Program.) 

December of 1943 – Fort Dicks New Jersey. I trained on rifle sharp shooting; we would shoot at trailing banners behind flying airplanes. I also trained as a heavy machine gunner on a half track with M16 and 4- 50 caliber MG. I tested as expert on both. I got a perfect score shooting at 500 yard target with rifle. I had won first place in Missouri Sharp shooting and 2nd in a four state region competition in the past. At the four state trials we both hit the bulls-eye with all shots. The ranking was determined by placement in the bull’s-eye. 

On Saturday I was told by my Commanding officer he had 2 sets of orders for me. One was to New York University for Medical school to leave on Monday. There was also request from a new combat team that was being formed in England who needed a sharp shooter and machine gunner and you’re the only one that qualifies. Monday I was sent to New York and boarded a cruiser to England. 

January 1944 –Took a British Navy armed cruiser to England and joined 467th AAAWSP (Anti-Aircraft Automatic Weapons Self-propelled) as a sharp shooter and machine gunner. I was a Buck Private. I Stayed in the bottom of the ship and was sick for 3 days. I volunteered to entertain the officers and got to the top deck during the day time for the last week of the trip. 

Joined the 1st and 2nd Platoons, Battery A of 467th which was a Special group that had done well in their combat training and got the special jobs. I trained in everything; telegraphy and radio forward observer, and intelligence. I learned more German while many of the others learned French. I Taught Aircraft recognition. We had 62 men; experts in automatic weapons, antipersonnel and aircraft. 

May 1944 – Moved to Secret area – Tanks were hid in the woods - the 16th regiment of the 1st infantry from Africa joined us as part of the invasion. That night the Germans bombed us. I was about ¼ mile away from where the 1st infantry boys were. We were sleeping in cots and I learned to always dig a hole next to my cot. When I heard the first bomb, I rolled into my hole. 16 to 20 of 1st division men were killed that night. 4 squads; 2 in M-15 and 2-50 calibers MG and 2 on M-16 4-50 caliber MG of the 1st platoon were assigned to attach force W with the 29th infantry on Utah Beach and I was with 4 squads form the 2nd platoon of Bat A assigned to 16 Regiment combat team of the 1st infantry. 

June 6th 1944 - D-Day Combat on the Omaha beach –

We landed at 7:05 am at Exit 3 on Omaha Beach. Were the 1st troops there between Easy Red and Fox Green. We had 4 half-tracks. Each with an M16 machine gunner and 4 self-propelled 50 caliber machine guns. Mine was the only one to survive. On Utah Beach, 3,000 yards west of where I was, Sgt Haas 1st squad in a M-15 knocked out the defending bunker and 88 Landon (rifle) and opened up exit one for the infantry coming in behind them by 9:00am without losing any Half Tracks. I sprayed the bunkers with gunshots until I ran out of ammunition. The concrete bunkers were supplied with machine guns and flame throwers. I took out the eye of the periscope of the command post. The command post was ordering mortar and artillery hit. I was hit in the stomach, side and buttock. The fighting lasted most of 2 days.

June 7th 1944 - We were pinned down and being fired upon. While wounded I crawled up to a German pill box and threw in a hand grenade. The explosion cause my head injuries. I was injected with tetanus shots 3 times and am allergic now.

D-Day, June 6th, 1944, when the invasion into German occupied France began at the Normandy beaches by the Allied Forces after two years of planning and preparing. 

I was part of that invasion force. Trained as a heavy machine gunner and rifle sharpshooter, I was with the in the Initial Assault Force “O” of the 16th Regimental Combat Team of the First Infantry Division. We loaded onto a LCT; a landing craft designed to carry tanks, and left the Portland Harbor England at 3:34 am, June 5th, 1944. I spent all day and all night seasick, cold, and wet as we waited for the High Command to give the go-ahead for the morning of June 6th.
We were given a cup of soup as our only meal for the day, extra ammunition and hand grenades, and then we bowed our heads and prayed.

We felt the vibrations and heard the sounds from the air and naval bombardment and at H-Hour-plus thirty minutes when we approached our assigned area to touch down there was confusion. The light tanks that were to hit the beach first had been knocked out, the combat engineers had been killed or pinned down before they could clear the mined barricades and the landing Ship Infantry had been hit on its port side as it pulled into unload and the water was running red with blood.

We moved east to the junction of Easy Red and Fox Green sectors and made a run for the beach through a cleared area the engineers had made at low tide while the obstacles were still visible. We hit a mine, but still made a dry landing. About this same time I saw three or four small boat loads of infantry coming in to the east, which was on our left and another boat came in on our right, but they did not have the armor protection from small arms fire that we had. We unloaded and took our four half-tracks (M-16 Gun Motor Carriages, each with four .50 caliber machine guns) inland, firing as we went until we were stopped by the 4 ½ to 5 foot rock shingle. We had no protection from mortar drops and very soon the Germans had direct hits on the #1 and #3 M-16s, killing or wounding all of both crews. I kept firing #2 guns until I ran out of ammunition then we unloaded and became infantry.

I will not report on any particular second, minute or hour which still causes bad dreams, but I will say I was wounded with a penetrating mortar fragment into my left hip area that took two field dressing bandages to fill the hole and control and bleeding and get me back to the job I had to do – the command post. We hadn’t been able to knock it out with our machine guns or even a destroyer strike from offshore.

I crawled east a few yards through the grass and brush until spotted by a rifleman who put a hole in my gas mask that was strapped to my side. I quickly rolled into a latrine that served the German soldiers from the ridge above. Filthy, yes, but it was also the safest ready-made foxhole for the on the beach from which I could use my rifle grenades and rifle. After about ten to fifteen minutes I crawled out and moved east a little further for a clearer direct shot at the snorkel type periscope when it was raised up for a look out of the underground concrete observation/fire command post. The post was still 150 yards away, but when the periscope came up, I squeezed off a shot from my M-1 with a solid hit that knocked out the scope. Without the scope the command post could not tell the artillery and mortars where to aim so they fell silent. When they finally did resume firing there were far less accurate.

Late morning I was seeing a few men from the 16th RCT moving in above me from the east Fox Green landing and I heard that some light tank had landed on the east part of Fox Green. They had the high ground and that was a good sight to see for at that time we had lost twenty-three men and our Officer from our combat force. I had been hit twice and couldn’t go on past the first pillbox bunker, my last objective. I waited for the medics and the next day, D+1, a return trip to England in the late afternoon. After three surgical operations and convalescing for a time I returned to serve in many engagements throughout the War in Europe including the Battle of the Bulge.

I witnessed the killing or wounding of hundreds of men that D-Day on Easy Red (which was more blood red than easy) and Fox Green sectors of Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. There are those who served and served well in was as administrators and support personnel, but there are also those whose service was experiencing was in combat, up-close. These soldiers will tell you “War is Hell”. Don’t forget it!

Thomas M Macdonnell ASN 17132441
2nd Plat. Battery A: 467AAA AW Bn, S.P
PFC on D-Day…S/Sgt when discharged

Summer of 1944 - Hospitalized in England– stomach, side, buttock and head injury. I had three surgeries and stayed three and a half weeks in the army hospital. Going into 3rd surgery in the army hospital they found a live grenade in my pocket.

I Got out of the hospital and was Sent back to France and put in a replacement camp. I decided I needed to find my unit. I Traveled to Eisenhower’s headquarters. I was armed, AWOL; I walked through 3 MP stations and made it to the S-2 head of information headquarters. Luckily, the Commanding Officer was a classmate of my Commanding Officer. I asked where my unit was, he said. “Hell soldier, I don’t know where Whole the 1st army is.” He later said, last he heard my unit was in Holland. He had a Captain going to Belgium and I would be able to ride with him, then I was on my own. I walked the train tracks toward Holland. I avoided a German patrol. I was seen by a member of the underground who hid me in a cellar, fed me bacon and eggs the next morning and I was on my way. 

December 16th, 1944 – I was almost blown out of my fox hole by a close artery shell explosion. Start of the massive Germany counter offensive, “Battle of the Bulge”. No wounds, but my ears rang for three days. My AA gunners shot down 5 German airplanes that afternoon. 

January 21st 1945 – An antitank mine exploded and I was unconscious for 3 weeks. I remember waking up and hearing, “he’s not going to make it” and they’d go to the next person. My injuries were a fractured skull, broken ribs and elbow, collapse lung, severe cornea abrasion on the left eye, multiple shrapnel wounds and broken tibia near the knee. 

February, 1945 – Stayed in a France US Army hospital for a month.

March 1945 – fought across Western Germany. Captured German sniper in southeastern Germany.  A deer passed at a run and I dropped to the ground. The tree limbs above my head were sheared off by gun fire. 

October 1945 - Summoned to General Patton’s headquarters and was interview by a Brigadier General, a lieutenant Colonel and a captain. I was offered a 2nd lieutenant’s commissions to be a hospital administrator. I have made peace with Man and God and am not going to kill any more. I’m going to go home and start Medical school and start saving lives. They Okayed my discharge to home. I had the total points of 82 for early discharge and came home as S/Sgt, discharged November 18th, 1945.
As a doctor, Tommy Macdonnell delivered over 4,500 babies and has saved countless lives.
  • Mood: Pride
  • Listening to: moos of newborn calves
  • Reading: Harry Potter (again)
  • Watching: Doctor Who
  • Playing: often
  • Eating: Jambalaya
  • Drinking: juice

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