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Full Name: Ronald MacDonald
Rank Last Held: Gunner
Forename(s): Ronald
Surname: MacDonald
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 206353
Date of Birth: 3 January 1929
Place of Birth: Wellington, New Zealand
First Known Rank: Gunner
Occupation before Enlistment: Mechanic
Next of Kin: Mrs I. MacDonald (mother), Kaikohe, North Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Embarkation Unit: 163 Battery
Embarkation Date: 10 December 1950
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Vessel: Ormonde
Destination: Pusan, Korea (1 January 1951)
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: Samnangjin-ni, thirty-three kilometres south of Miryang on the main Miryang-Pusan Road, Korea
Date of Death: 13 January 1951
Age at Death: 21
Year of Death: 1951
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary: "Born in Wellington, Gunner Ronald MacDonald was educated at the Marist Brothers' School, Palmerston North. He was a mechanic by trade and prominent in Palmerston North as a cricketer, footballer and boxer. He was aged 22." (NZ Herald, 17 January 1951, p. 6)
Biographical Notes: Gunner MacDonald was killed in an ambush at Samnangjin-ni. Gunner MacDonald's brother, Mr Bernard MacDonald of Putaruru, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003.
Description of Image:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Further References:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 67-8, 77, 371, 407, 424 n13.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL:
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