Wilson Julius (Bud) McDonald was the son of Walter Mcdonald and Mae Edith Wilson. Brother of Marguerite Fain McDonald and Jerald Ray McDonald. He was married to Mary A. Voyles. He enlisted on August 30, 1940, in Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA

Burial at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 26 January 1945
Pfc. Wilson (Bud) McDonald was killed in action in Belgium Jan. 6, the War Department notified his mother, Mrs. Mae McDonald, 1810 Highland Avenue. A letter, dated Dec. 24, to his mother said he had malaria and expected to be transferred to another outfit behind the lines. He was a gunner on a Sherman tank, and his was the first tank to enter Belgium. Pfc. McDonald participated in the African campaign and in the invasion of Sicily and France. He attended schools here and enlisted in the Army in 1940. He had been overseas since 1942. He also leaves a brother, Jerald Ray McDonald, of Knoxville, and a sister, Mrs. Ted Barbour, of Tampa, Fla.


  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 20 April 1922
  • Date of death: 6 January 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 2nd Armored Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Battle of the Bulge
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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