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Monday, May 25, 2009

William T. Johnson and Charles B. MacDonald

Charles Brown MacDonald was one of my favorite people. He was a Senior at Presbyterian College when I was a Freshman. I assume he never knew my name. I can still hear his jaunty whistle as he walked down the hall and up the stairs to his room on third floor, Spencer Dorm. I bought his first book Company Commander, from Infantry Journal  as soon as I learned of it and have re-read and kept up with it over the years. His writeup in PaCSaC, the college yearbook, for 1942 reported the following:

 Bachelor of Arts degree 
 Home town: Little Rock, SC 
 Fraternities: Alpha Kappa Psi and Blue Key 

Senior Activities

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
Editor of the student newspaper, Blue Stocking
Lieutenant, R.O.T.C.
"Y" Cabinet
Director, College Publicity
Class treasurer

Activities of Other Years

Business Manager, Knapsack
Editor, Knapsack
Glee Club
Student Council
Secretary-Treasurer, Junior Class

Wikipedia's article on him said in part:
"Charles B. MacDonald (November 23, 1922–December 4, 1990) was a former Deputy Chief Historian for the United States Army. He wrote several of the Army's official histories of World War II.

"After graduating from Presbyterian College, MacDonald was commissioned as a US Army officer through ROTC and deployed to Europe. By September 1944, as a 21 year old captain, he commanded a rifle company in the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. His company was intended to be part of the effort to capture the Huertgen Forest. They had been transferred north from the area which was, soon after, overrun by the Germans in the first moves of the Battle of the Bulge. In the event, they were redeployed to defend a crossroads against the German advance. They were forced to retreat but the enemy had been delayed for long enough to allow the rest of MacDonald's division to deploy. He received the Silver Star for the action.

"MacDonald was wounded a month later, on January 17, 1945, while leading his company in a counterattack. After two months' convalescence, he was given command of another company in his old regiment, which he led until the end of the war. He also received the Purple Heart.

"His first book, Company Commander, was published in 1947, while his wartime experiences were fresh in his mind.


"MacDonald wrote the final volume of the Green Series on the European Theatre, The Last Offensive.  He retired as Deputy Chief Historian, Army Center of Military History, in 1979.

"After his retirement, MacDonald wrote A Time for Trumpets, his last book, a personal history of the Ardennes Offensive which concentrates on the first two weeks of the battle, which he spent five years researching. MacDonald also wrote or co-wrote two other books of the Green Series>, The Siegfried Line Campaign and Three Battles: Arnaville, Altuzzo, and Schmidt.  He also contributed to Command Decisions.
MacDonald suffered from cancer and lung disease and he died on December 4, 1990 at his home in Arlington, Virginia. [Earlier that year, he had led a bus-load of veterans on a tour of Normandy and beyond].


Company Commander
The Mighty Endeavor: American Armed Forces in the European Theater in World War II
On a Field of Red: The Communist International and the Coming of World War II (with Anthony Cave Brown)
The Battle of the Huertgen Forest
A Time for Trumpets

1 comment:

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