Kevin McDonald of San Rafael makes it one of his missions in life to honor veterans and all that they have done.
Although Kevin McDonald of San Rafael has been teaching for over 20 years in the subjects of English while in Tokyo, and science, history, language arts, and math in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, California, he also has other passions. He enjoys playing soccer, going to concerts with his wife, and traveling–he has been to six out of seven continents and hopes to check off Antarctica on his list in the near future.
But one passion outside of these also holds a close spot to him as it helps educate others, and that is his passions for history and for honoring veterans–especially World War II veterans.
Kevin McDonald from San Rafael Teaching About Veterans
Kevin McDonald from San Rafael likes to teach his kids using real-life examples whenever possible. When he wanted to tell his students stories of real heroes, as Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen of the U.S. Armed Forces are–he chose to write about WWII and the Battle of Leyte Gulf, which was the last great fleet action in history. veterans are, he decided to write a book about the Battle of Samar for his students.
His book, Tin Can Sailors Save the Day: The USS Johnston and the Battle of Samar, which has an almost 5-star rating across its reviews, is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Hellgate Press. Kevin McDonald of San Rafael has done several author’s day presentations in which he shared the story of the USS Johnston, one of the heroic ships that defended Taffy Three at the Battle off Samar.
Kevin McDonald from San Rafael‘s book was written to honor veterans, and carries that legacy with is as McDonald honors veterans in other ways, as well.
Kevin McDonald of San Rafael & The USS Johnston
Kevin McDonald of San Rafael didn’t only write a book about the Johnston, but is also a member of the Johnston/Hoel Association to honor vets.
According to the associations Facebook group page description, “USS Johnston and USS Hoel were World War II-era Fletcher-class destroyers in the service of the United States Navy. These ships were most famous for their bold action in the Battle off Samar.”
The Battle off Samar was the center-most point of action in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest Naval battles in history. Both ships and their crew were lost in the battle, but their legacy lives on today thanks to people like Kevin McDonald from San Rafael and others who commemorate thier service.