McKenna, Francis Joseph, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1949-1950, Bureau of Aeronautics
Service Years
1920 - 1950
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Contact Info
Home Town
Leicester, MA
Last Address
Manhasset, NY

Date of Passing
May 29, 1969
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46 1399-A

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 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Following his retirement from the Navy in 1950, Admiral McKenna worked as a full-time, and later a part-time, consultant to the Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, until retiring for good in 1961.  He and his family resided in Manhasset, New York from 1948 until his death from cancer on 29 May, 1969.
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Navy Cross
Awarded for Actions during World War II
Service: Navy
U.S.S. St. Lo (CVE-63)
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 339 (June 1945)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Francis Joseph McKenna, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the Escort Carrier U.S.S. ST. LO (CVE-63), during operations against major elements of the Japanese Fleet near Samar Island in Philippine waters during the Battle of Leyte Gulf on 25 October 1944. With a superb display of seamanship, Captain McKenna maneuvered his ship to avoid crippling blows from the constant gunfire of a rapidly advancing enemy, superior in numbers, armor, firepower and speed. Having survived this crucial ordeal, his ship shortly afterwards was hit and destroyed by the determined attack of an enemy airplane. Captain McKenna was the last man to leave his doomed ship, and his extraordinary courage and magnificent fighting spirit will live forever in the minds of the officers and men who served with him that day. His conduct throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Navy of the
United States.
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyNAS PensacolaUSS Lexington (CV-2)VF-3B Tophatters
NAS NorfolkVP-10 Red LancersNAS Coco Solo, PanamaNAS San Diego
NAS Barbers PointVB-6USS St. Lo (CVE-63)NAS Seattle/Sandpoint
USS Kearsarge (CV-33)NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1920-1921, USS North Dakota (BB-29)
  1921-1923, USS Sacramento (PG-19)
  1923-1924, USS Elcano (PG-38)
  1925-1925, USS John D. Edwards (DD-216)
  1925-1926, NAS Pensacola
  1926-1927, VS-1
  1927-1927, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1928-1928, VF-3B Tophatters
  1929-1931, NAS Norfolk
  1932-1934, VP-10 Red Lancers
  1933-1933, 131X, NAS Coco Solo, Panama
  1934-1934, 131X, NAS San Diego
  1935-1935, 131X, NAS Barbers Point
  1935-1937, NAS Norfolk
  1937-1938, VB-6
  1939-1940, Commander Aircraft Battle Force
  1940-1942, NAS Norfolk
  1942-1942, NOB Dutch Harbor, AK
  1943-1944, USS Midway (ACV-63)
  1944-1944, USS St. Lo (CVE-63)
  1945-1945, NAS Seattle/Sandpoint
  1946-1947, USS Kearsarge (CV-33)
  1947-1949, NAS Corpus Christi/Truax Field
  1949-1950, Bureau of Aeronautics
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 New Guinea Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Morotai
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Leyte Gulf
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Samar
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1917-1920, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 01, 1926, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jul 01, 1936, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  May 01, 1941, Promoted to Commander
  Jun 20, 1942, Promoted to Captain
  Jan 01, 1950, Retired
  Oct 09, 2019, General Photos
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