WWII/Korean War Group of Eight, Private/Gunner Colin F. McDonald, Royal Canadian Artillery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
WWII/Korean War Group of Eight, Private/Gunner Colin F. McDonald, Royal Canadian Artillery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery - 1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Italy Star; Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Korea Medal (SF 88280 C.F. McDONALD); and United Nations Korea Medal (SF 88280 C.F. McDONALD). Naming is officially impressed on the KM and personally engraved on the UNKM. Mounted to a suspension with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, original ribbons, semi-dark patinas on the four silver medals, residue in the recessed areas of the Stars from cleaning, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Service Records (with some of the entries "blacked out"), Statements of Service, Awards Records and Discharge Certificate.Footnote: Colin Francis McDonald enlisted as a Private with the Cape Breton Highlanders (F 88280) on June 3, 1941 in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was transferred to Camp Debert at Debert, Nova Scotia for additional training on September 28th. Camp Debert was the final staging area before embarking Halifax, Nova Scotia on November 10th for overseas service, McDonald arriving in the United Kingdom shortly thereafter and taken on strength at Aldershot. He was posted to the Canadian Base Headquarters for the next nine and a half months, and it was here that he was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on January 5, 1942, before embarking the United Kingdom for the Italian Theatre on October 24th, arriving on November 10th. He is credited with having served in Italy from November 11, 1943 to February 20, 1945, embarking Italy on February 24th and disembarking in France on the 26th. He continued his war service in Continental Europe, where he served from February 21, 1945 to May 8, 1945. Upon the ceasing of hostilities in the European theatre, McDonald was struck off strength of the Canadian Army Overseas and returned to Canada on August 18, 1945, where he volunteered for additional service in the Pacific theatre with the Canadian Army Pacific Force. With hostilities winding down in the Pacific theatre, his services were not required there and he was struck off strength to No. 6 District Depot in Halifax on September 5, 1945. McDonald was discharged upon demobilization on October 22, 1945, at No. 6 District Depot in Halifax, credited with having served in Canada, the United Kingdom, the Central Mediterranean Area and Continental Europe. He was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the Italy Star (service from November 11, 1943 to February 20, 1945), the France and Germany Star (service from February 21, 1945 to May 8, 1945), the Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945 for his Second World War service. Six years passed before conflict in the Koreas enticed McDonald to enlist as a Gunner with the Royal Canadian Artillery on June 5, 1951 at No. 1 Personnel Depot in Halifax, where he was upgraded to Gunner (First Class). He was transferred to the 284th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery on June 14th, then attached to the 79th Field Regiment RCA for additional training at Shilo, Manitoba onAugust 1st. He was struck off strength to the 205th Field Battery RCA on September 11th at Shilo and transferred for additional training at Valcartier, Quebec soon afterwards. He was attached to the 2nd Canadian Rifle Battalion, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps for "Rations" from May 16th to 29th. McDonald was transferred to the 81st Field Regiment RCA at Camp Wainwright, Alberta for manoeuvres training on June 1, 1952, then posted to Camp Petawawa on October 30th. McDonald was transferred to the Canadian Army Far East with the 81st Field Regiment RCA, embarking Canada for the Korean theatre on March 26, 1953, arriving in Japan on April 13th. After a quick two day stop in Japan, he left for the Korean theatre and arrived there on April 16th. His activities in Korea have been "blacked out" in his service records but what is known is that he was transferred to the 4th Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery on October 30, 1953. Upon the ceasing of hostilities, McDonald embarked the Far East on May 9, 1954, disembarking in the United States on May 23rd. Remaining with the 4th Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, he was posted to Camp Utopia at St. George, New Brunswick shortly thereafter and re-engaged for three years' additional service in the Canadian Army on June 5, 1954. The first three days of July saw him posted to Camp Gagetown, New Brunswick, attached to "W" Light Battery RCHA before returning to Camp Utopia for the next four months. McDonald embarked Canada on November 2, 1955, disembarking in Holland (the Netherlands) on the 10th and posted to the Canadian Army, Central Europe with the 4th Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. His service records for his tenure in Central Europe have been "blacked out". He disembarked Central Europe on October 8, 1957, arriving in Canada on the 17th and was posted to No. 1 Personnel Depot in Halifax. McDonald was discharged on March 1, 1958 at No. 1 Personnel Depot in Halifax, credited with having served in Canada, Korea and Continental Europe. He was awarded the Korea Medal (issued on January 17, 1955) and the United Nations Korea Medal (issued on February 4, 1955).