Celebrating 100 Years of Oakland Technical High School
John Randall McDonnell, Sr. ’39
In his teens, “Mac” moved with his family to Oakland. After graduating from Tech in 1939, he enlisted in the army and served with the 535th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion which took part in the D-Day landings on Utah Beach in France. He also fought in the Battle of the Bulge and at the Battle of Remagen, a bridge over the Rhine. He married in 1942 and had four children. He worked for the Del Monte Corp. in the Printing Division for over 30 years. McDonnell died in 2011 at age 89.