A web site that shares the emotional and spiritual experiences of the Vietnam War through poetry, stories, and photos by combat veterans.

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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". The film premiered at the LBJ Presidential Library on November 8, 2003 in Austin, Texas.   

He has written a book on his experiences, not only in Vietnam, but both before and afterwards - his book is now available  "A Spiritual  Warrior's Journey"  

His  book poetry book Purple Hearts deals with poems from the Vietnam War and is available to organizations to sell for fund raising.

His newest poetry book "Sacred Eye - Poetry in Search of the Divine" along with "Purple Hearts" won a $25,000 marketing and promotional award from Booksurge Publisher (March 2004).

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


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


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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

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


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


McDonald's Award Winning Poetry Books
"Purple Hearts: Vietnam War Poetry"
"Scared Eye - Poetry in Search of The Divine"



Bill McDonald holding a future President 
His grandson :  Spencer Patrick McDonald

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Bill in the early morning rain above "The Lost City of The Incas"
December 2002 - Peru


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