Ranger Donald A. McCormick

Ranger Donald A. McCormick

Born: 30 September 1924, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 7 October 2018 Park Ridge, Cook, Illinois, USA
Army Serial Number: 36749202
Ranger Battalion/Company: 3D
Rank: PVT
Battles/Campaigns/Significants: Cisterna
Medals/Awards: Prisoner of War, Purple Heart, Bronze Star

Prisoner Of War 30 January 1944 - 21 July 1945,Stalag 2B Hammerstein (99 work camps in vicinity of Koslin & Stolp) West Prussia 53-17


Donald A. McCormick. Age 94 of Park Ridge. He was born in Chicago, Illinois January 30, 1924 to Michael P McCormick & Marie E Bosler. His dad was a veteran of WWI and worked in Chicago as a salesman after returning from the war. Donald received his education attending school in the Chicago area. It was not long before WWII broke out and he joined the Army. Donald volunteered to join the Rangers and on December 29, 1943, he was assigned to 3rd Ranger Battalion D Company from the 2nd Replacement Depot. PVT McCormick fought with the Rangers thru December 1943 and January 1944. During the Battle at Cisterna, January 30, 1944, Donald along with many of his D Company buddies were captured and became POWs. He spent time in the POW Camp Stalag 2B Hammerstein, West Prussia. He also was sent to work camps in that area. He noted in a speech in 2011 that the communications in war were poor and it took 4 months after a MIA letter until his mother received word he was a POW and 2 more months to know he was alive. He spent 440 days as a POW. Donald was released April 13, 1945. Donald married Shirley Ann Mack in 1950. Loving father of Richard (Diane), Joseph (Elisabeth) and the late George. Devoted grandfather of Kevin, Kristen (Patrick) Murphy and Kenneth (Ella). Dear great-grandfather of Eleanor, Sydney and Madeline. Fond brother of Michael Patrick, Gerald and the late Evelyn Geni, John Richard, Margaret, Marie Ethel Beers and Dolores Kehl. Donald A McCormick was born in Chicago, Illinois January 30, 1924. Donald was a member of the Ranger Battalion Association and was loved by many Rangers, spouses, and descendants with whom he kept in contact over the internet. He had a wonderful sense of humor and all looked forward to his emails.