W. H. McDonald Jr.
William "Rev. Bill" McDonald JR.
The story telling and poetry writing of ancient spiritual warriors has a long tradition - the Vietnam War was a continuing part of that long creative experience for this author. His poetry and stories in his many books are a direct result of Bill McDonald's own experience with that part of his life. Bill McDonald, served in Vietnam in 1966-67. He was a crew chief/door-gunner on Huey helicopters (UH-1D). He was with the 128th Assault Helicopter Company. He was awarded numerous medals, including: The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, 14 Air Medals and the Purple Heart. He was wounded and his helicopters were shot down several times during his "tour-of-duty".
McDonald graduated with his BA degree from the University of San Francisco. He also has an AA degree from San Jose City College. He went back to Vietnam in 2002, with a small group known as "The Peace Patrol" - to a warm welcome from his former enemies. He wrote about that experience in 2003 in his first book "A Spiritual Warrior's Journey".
He has had many of his poems and stories published in national publications ( including Parade Magazine 10/06/02) and books. (i.e. - "Angels in Vietnam - Women Who Served" ; "Spinning Tales" ). He was also part of a documentary film crew that recorded interviews across the country in the fall of 2002, dealing with the effects of the Vietnam War and the Huey helicopter experience called, "In The Shadow of The Blade". The film premiered at the LBJ Presidential Library on November 8, 2003 in Austin, Texas. He has since produced, or been a part of four other documentary films that have been shown on PBS TV, The Pentagon Television Network and The Military Channel. He was recently involved with a documentary film shot in india (to be shown on Warner Brothers Cable TV Network) that deals with spiritual issues. He is also working on a DVD about his trip back to Vietnam in 2002.
He has written an autobiography that deals with his life experiences, not only in Vietnam, but both before and afterwards - "A Spiritual Warrior's Journey" . It is his spiritual experiences and the supernatural events that surrounds his life that makes his writing totally unique amongst writers. An updated version of that book has 24 new added stories and new editing and writing was published in August of 2015 - "Warrior: A Spiritual Odyssey".
He is a internationally known inspirational speaker. Speaking in Europe, and across the face of America. He has been an advocate for veteran's rights and the treatment of PTSD veterans. He is also a chaplain and minister for many non-profit groups and organizations. He has been speaking to various spiritual organizations across the country about yoga, ESP, angels, NDEs, healing powers and psychic abilities.
His web site "The Vietnam Experience" www.vietnamexp.com has had over 30 million visitors since 1998 and continues to be among the most visited of its genre on the internet.
His acclaimed poetry book "Purple Hearts" deals with poetry from the Vietnam War and is available to organizations to sell for fund raising.
His award winning poetry book "Sacred Eye - Poetry in Search of the Divine" won a $25,000 marketing and promotional award from Booksurge Publisher (March 2004).
Bill works with several non-profit foundations doing projects for the people of Vietnam and world peace. He also helps veterans and their families through his Support Network and other PTSD organizations.
He is currently working on a new non-fiction book that continues his life story from 2003 when he left Peru and his many travels to India in search of enlightenment and his near death experiences and meeting a yoga master who changed his life. That book will be published in 2016 with the working title of "Alchemy of a Warrior's Heart".
He is the founder of two of the biggest author organizations in north America - The Military Writer's Society of America (MWSA) http://www.militarywriters.com/ and The American Author's Association (AAA) http://www.americanauthorsassociation.com/.
He has been been a successful internet radio show host (K-DADE Radio - over 650,000 world wide monthly listeners in 2006) and has appeared and been interviewed by over 300 radio and TV stations and newspapers since 2001.
Bill was born in San Francisco, California and was raised on the west coast - living in California, Oregon, and Hawaii. He was a surfer, SCUBA Diver Instructor, and Lifeguard in his early days. Spent over 30 years in management with the USPS and retired in early 2001 as a Safety Manager. He now lives with his wife of 46 years in Elk Grove, California. His two children are all grown up and he has six grandchildren. He spends part of each year away in India at an ashram in the jungles outside of Pune. When he is back in the USA - he takes off for several months on the road helping non-profit organizations and promoting events and other authors. If you, or your organization, needs to connect with him he can be reached at: :
Spiritual Warrior Productions
Post Office Box 2441
Elk Grove, CA 95759-2441
Email Address: Angelnet@surewest.net
A seven-minute You-Tube Video of the author filmed in India at an ashram in 2010 giving testimony as to how he meet his guru. This was a clip from some documentary footage.