This page is for heroes nominated by visitors, starting with Vice-Admiral Sir Roddy (Roderick Douglas) MacDonald from Braes in Skye . Born in 1921, he took part in the Fleet and Convoy operations of the Atlantic, Norway, Mediterranean, Eastern Fleet, East Coast and Normandy during 1939-1945. He became Commander of Naval Forces and Joint Force Commander in Borneo in 1965. From Captain of the Fleet in 1970, he went on to become Chief of Staff to Commander, Allied Naval Force Southern Europe, 1976-1979. In retirement he established a reputation as a notable painter and he died in 2001.
The father of the website administrator was a merchant seaman from the Western Isles who sailed in the hazardous waters of the Atlantic and North Sea in convoys. Torpedoed and sunk twice (not something he would talk about much), it was probably due to the likes of Sir Roddy MacDonald of the Royal Navy that he and many other Islesmen managed to survive the Second World War.