1stLt. William Donnelly IV Memorial

$16,335 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 29 months
Will Donnelly was a husband, brother, son, Kings Pointer, and Marine. He gave the last full measure of devotion to his country and Corps on November 25, 2010 in Sangin, Afghanistan as a Platoon Commander in Third Battalion, Fifth Marines (Darkhorse). 

Will's sacrifice impacted hundreds, and was especially felt amongst his classmates from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Kings Point is the smallest service academy, making Will’s sacrifice deeply felt amongst both his class and the wider Kings Point community. Will's tremendous life, one of valor, duty, and honor, was an example to his classmates. To fully recognize Will’s ultimate sacrifice, his classmates want to ensure his memory is properly honored. Kings Point has a long tradition of honor and service, and future midshipmen should be able to see a tangible reminder that Will is one of the heroes who carried such tradition through example.

Will’s classmates had already put away money to present the Academy with a class gift, a compass rose on the grinder where all Midshipmen meet for daily formation and meals. Due to the vagaries of federal contracting, the gift has not been completed but this delay has allowed his classmates to re-design the compass rose and dedicate it as a memorial to Will. This re-design increased the budget for the compass rose, and we are undertaking this campaign to raise the money necessary to finish the memorial and properly honor Will.

Anything you can give is appreciated. We hope to have all funds raised by the end of Summer 2017 so by September 2018 we can complete the memorial in time for Will’s 10 year class reunion.

Semper Fidelis and Acta Non Verba.
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Thanks again for all your support, Saeah Wood and I have been working with Kings Point to get funds moved into the AAF bank account and set up a dedicated AAF fund also. Kings Point also has a dedicated donation fund, and they have been gathering fund's for Will's memorial. You can access it through the USMMA AAF website.

Please, Please, Please continue to share this campaign via social media and email. Please help us make other Marines and Kings Pointers aware of this campaign. You are all making Will's memorial a reality, but your efforts can be multiplied if you spread the word (costs you nothing, gains Will's memorial everything)

Below are an image of a similar memorial design that is currently at USNA, and another image of the proposed design with sizes and approximate location of Will's plaque

Similar USNA memorial
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Everyone thank you for your great support. We are almost to one fourth of our goal. Support this far has been great and we are on a great glide slope. I do want to remind everyone to please share this campaign with your friends and family...please help us market this cause. I am working with Saeah Wood to get some more images up soon of the proposed memorial.
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We are doing great thus far after two days of donations. Please share this campaign via your social media with the Kings Point and Marine Corps communities, along with anyone else who wants to honor Will. Below is a draft image of the compass rose. Underneath it a stone etching with read " In Memory of First Lieutenant William James Donnelly IV, USMC- Kings Point Class of 2008-KIA Sangin, Afghanistan November 25, 2010"
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$16,335 of $45,000 goal

Raised by 91 people in 29 months
Created March 14, 2017
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