Gerald Francis McDonald Square


No. 21988 Gerald Francis McDonald

The intersection fo Dorchester Avenue and Shepton Street was designated a Hero Square for Gerald Francis McDonald.

Gerald Francis McDonald UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS 23 November, 1947 – 2 June, 1967 Gerald Francis McDonald was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ronald McDonald on November 23, 1947. A resident of Dorchester, he attended Cathedral High School, where he played on the football team. He was inducted into the United States Marine Corps and headed off to Vietnam in 1966. There he served as a Corporal with L Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division. On June 2, 1967, Corporal McDonald was shot and killed by small arms fire in Quang Tin, Vietnam. For his sacrifice, he was awarded the Purple Heart. McDonald was survived by his parents and is buried in the Mt. Benedict Cemetery in West Roxbury.

Corporal McDonald lived at 2 Melbourne Street.  Born in Dorchester, he attended St. Mark’s Grammar School and Cathedral High School.  He played quarterback on the football team at Cathedral High School in 1964 and 1965 and was a member of the track and basketball teams. He formed the Wainwright Basketball Team, which won the title of Dorchester “Y” Champs in 1965.  The Boston Globe reported that he died on May 26, 1967.  He was killed in action one day before he was to return home after a year’s extensive duty in the Vietnamese jungles.


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January 6, 2022

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