Bourne: Fallen WWII Veteran Being Laid To Rest

Credit: Cartwright Funeral Homes

Credit: Cartwright Funeral Homes

A Marine who died while fighting in World War II will be laid to rest today.

Private First Class John William MacDonald was killed during the Battle of Tarawa on Nov. 20, 1943.

Those who died in battle were buried in a number of battlefield cemeteries and MacDonald’s remains weren’t recovered until 2015.

Author and veteran Mike Cunningham told WATD’s Veterans’ Voice they are looking for people to come out and honor this fallen hero. 


Cunningham says that moments like this demonstrate America’s resolve to honor those who have fallen in service to their country. 


A Prayer Service will be held at 11:00 AM in the Cartwright Funeral Home in Holbrook.

The service will be followed by a burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne at 12:45 p.m.

More information can be found here.

About Dan McCready

Dan McCready is a South Shore native who’s happy to be back working in his home region. After graduating from Catholic Memorial High School, GO KNIGHTS! Dan attended Suffolk University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Communications. After college Dan worked as a standup comic and actor appearing in several theatrical productions, independent films, and worked as a background extra in films and TV shows including Fever Pitch, Underdog, and Brotherhood while also working as a weekend overnight DJ on Easy 99.1. Eventually Dan began covering the Boston entertainment scene for Production Live Online and, after being bit by the journalism bug, decided to further his studies at Northeastern University, where he earned his master's degree. Since that time Dan has worked across many media platforms for organizations including the Patriot Ledger, Cape Cod Broadcasting, and 1420 WBSM in New Bedford. Dan is currently residing in Milton and enjoys hanging out with friends, candlepin bowling, playing video games, and making videos for his fledgling YouTube Channel.