Donald Paul McGrane

Donald Paul McGrane was born on December 18, 1942 in Waverly, IA and died July 19, 1967 in North Vietnam.

Donald Paul McGrane entered the United States Navy on July 12, 1961, in Des Moines, IA, served during the Vietnam era and reached the rank of before being discharged on July 23, 1967 in North Vietnam.

Donald Paul McGrane is buried at St. Mary's Catholic in Waverly, Iowa and can be located at 42° 43.647421' N 092° 27.402781' W

  • Killed in Action: Yes
  • Wounded in Action: Yes
  • Died in Service: Yes

Armed Forces Grave Registration

McGrane left for Vietnam on March 26, 1967. Less than four months later he died over North Vietnam. He was the first casualty of the Vietnam War from Waverly, the second from Bremer County. Killed three days before his tour of duty ended in Vietnam. He died when his helicopter was shot down behind enemy lines while he and a fellow Navy Officer were attempting to find a Navy pilot whose plane had gone down. Both men volunteered for the mission.