WESTVILLE – Sergeant Russell MacDonald’s efforts in World War II and the Korean War earned him several medals, many of which are now on display at the Pictou County Military Museum.
Yvonne Shepherd donated her father’s medals and letters to the Pictou County Military Museum in July. Sergeant Russell MacDonald’s medals are now on display in Westville. Pictured is Vincent Joyce, founder and president of the Pictou County Military Museum, and Shepherd. Amanda Jess – The News
One of his six daughters, Yvonne Shepherd, donated his awards and various letters he received recognizing his merit to the Westville museum, including one from Buckingham Palace.
After consideration, Shepherd decided they belonged in the county, rather than in Halifax.
“Dad’s roots are here,” she said, adding that it allows much of his family to visit the tribute to her deceased father who was part of the Pictou Highlanders.
One of the medals, the Military Medal, is one of the highest that can be received with the Canadian Army and recognizes a heavy act of bravery. Vincent Joyce, founder and president of the museum, said it’s rare for it to be donated to a museum.
Shepherd’s donations aren’t the only additions. The museum also has General Walt Natynczuk’s uniform on display.
Joyce said the Chief of Staff came to the museum for a 15-minute visit and ended up staying for two hours. It was after that he agreed to give up his uniform.
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