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Veteran of the Month

The Tipton County Veterans Council and the Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial and Nature Center

Veteran of the Month for May 2022

Craig Joseph Donahue

Craig Joseph Donahue was born Craig Joseph Swanson on November 12, 1963, onboard Naval Station Charleston, South Carolina.  After a shipboard electrical fire left his dad severely injured, the military stepped in and decided that he was unable to care for his family of eighteen children.  Several of the younger children were placed for adoption.  The two youngest, Ace and baby Craig, were adopted by A.C. Donahue and his wife Avie.  A.C. was an Army Sgt First Class who had been medically retired after being hit by a mortar strike during the Korean War.  His wife, Avie, was unable to have children and welcomed the two brothers with open and loving arms.  Craig moved to Memphis with his new family where he graduated from Kingsbury High School in 1982.  After six years of working in various jobs doing everything from restaurant worker to Goodyear auto mechanic, he joined the Army in May 1988.  His first son, Craig, was born in Memphis while he was in bootcamp at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

After bootcamp he transferred to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and took his new family with him.  Craig not only worked as a surveyor, setting up firing points for Persian and Lance missiles; but he also spent time as an assistant instructor, teaching new soldiers now to do his specialty.  Another aspect of his job was training gun units during field maneuvers.  Although he enjoyed his job, an injury resulted in a medical discharge in February 1990.  That spring he lost his dad to cancer just prior to the birth of his second son, Kipp. 1990 was a whirlwind.  He and his growing family soon moved to Corinth, Mississippi, where Craig took a job with the U.S. Postal Service.  It was here that he welcomed his first daughter, Linnie, in May 1992.  He lost his mother to a brain aneurysm the next year, followed by the joyous birth of his second daughter, Mickie, in November 1994.  Shortly thereafter, he and his girlfriend decided that they were better apart than together; but putting his children first, they agreed to be a parenting team to raise their children.

Craig moved to Savannah, TN, after an injury with the Postal Service left him on disability.

For his service to our country, Craig was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, sharpshooter badge for the M-16 rifle, and the expert badge for hand grenades.

He is a life member of Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and a past Commander and past Junior Vice Commander of DAV Post 116.  He is the Senior Vice Commander for Post 116 and is currently working on the annual Poker Run fundraiser for his post, a fundraiser that he started three years ago.  In addition to his two sons and two daughters, Craig is the proud grandfather to four grandsons and two granddaughters.  He resides in Munford where he is raising two of his grandsons.  Craig was nominated for Veteran of the Month by Kathy Desjarlais.

Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center

The Tipton County Museum, Veterans Memorial & Nature Center located at 751 Bert Johnston Ave in Covington, TN, opened on Nov. 11, 1998 and encompasses 20 acres.

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