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McDonald's Autobiography  "A Spiritual Warrior's Journey"   
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Bill McDonald with President Jimmy Carter
The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA July 2002

           Bill McDonald 
        Poet, Writer & Warrior
The poetry of the spiritual warrior has a long tradition - the Vietnam War was a continuing part of that creative experience. The poetry and stories contained on these web pages is the result of Bill McDonald's own experience with that part of his life. The poet, and writer, Bill McDonald, served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. He was a crew chief/door-gunner on Huey helicopters (UH-1D). He was with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company stationed in Phu Loi, South Vietnam. He was awarded numerous medals, including: The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals and the Purple Heart

McDonald graduated with his BA degree from the University of San Francisco. He also has an AA degree from San Jose City College;  He is now retired from government work and lives in northern California. He went back to Vietnam in 2002, with a small group known as "The Peace Patrol" - to a warm welcome from his former enemies. 

He has had many of his poems and stories published in national publications  (including Parade Magazine 10/06/02) and books. (Some of those books - "Angels in Vietnam -  Women Who Served" "Spinning Tales" ). He was also part of a documentary film crew that recorded interviews across the country in the fall of 2002, dealing with the effects of the Vietnam War and the Huey helicopter experience called: "In The Shadow of The Blade".  It was premiered on November 8,2003 at the LBJ Presidential Library on November 8, in Austin, Texas.  The film has been shown at The Washington DC Film Festival and won the top award for best film at the Houston International Film Fest 2004. 

His current documentary is for PBS and for the Pentagon Television Network. It is called "The Art of Healing" and deals with positive treatment for PTSD through the arts - like writing, music and art. 

He has written an autobiography on his experiences, dealing not only with Vietnam, but both before and afterwards it is called   "A Spiritual  Warrior's Journey" . His book is being considered by several agents for a movie or as a TV series. It should soon be carried at military bases throughout the world.

He has two award winning poetry books Purple Hearts - Vietnam War Poetry & Sacred Eye- Poetry in Search of the Divine. They won his publisher's  award (Global Publishing - BookSurge LTC) for $25,000 in marketing and promotion (March 2004). His books will be featured by his publisher at 10 world wide book fairs this year - including the LA Book Fair.

Bill works with several foundations doing projects for the people of Vietnam and world peace. He also helps veterans and their families through his Support Network.                   

He is a United Faith Ministries wedding minister. (Click for a disclosure of ordination and ministry)  He performs weddings all over northern California. (Website for Rev. Bill McDonald

Bill McDonald is listed in the up coming 2005 issue of Marquis Whos Who in America.


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Outside the White House January 1990

Speaking with Mrs. Carter -  July 2002
Also in photo Sunnyvale High School classmate Karen Wilson


If you wish to make contact with Bill you can reach him by email.
Bill McDonald


On Radio station KDVS FM 90.3
The University of California at Davis
April 2004
Photo credit: Nancy Olsen

Actress Mariette Hartley in Sacramento, California
May 6, 2004 at the state conference on suicide.


Bill McDonald with actor Danny Glover
Sacramento, California - 9/26/04

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Granddaughter's Birthday Photos 12/22/03


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