Joseph McDonald was a private stationed in Hawaii.
He received information that the Japanese were about to attack.
He alerted his lieutenant – who didn’t take him seriously.
During the attack, Private McDonald went to the information center on the base.
There he was able to help other military bases stay informed on the location of Japanese planes.
“My regret is my dad is not here to see the medal he was awarded.”
In August of 2005, Private McDonald was awarded the army commendation medal posthumously for his action at pearl harbor.