McKamey, John Bryan, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1984-1986, 131X, NAS Pensacola/Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity (NETPMSA)
Service Years
1955 - 1986
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Tailhook
Captain
Captain

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Greencastle
Last Address
Columbus, Ohio

Date of Passing
Feb 09, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon




 Military Association Memberships
Tailhook AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesBlue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans AssociationAmerican Ex-POW Association
Veterans of the Vietnam WarFleet Reserve Association (FRA)
  1957, Tailhook Association
  1961, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States - Assoc. Page
  1965, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association [Verified]
  1973, American Ex-POW Association - Assoc. Page
  1973, Veterans of the Vietnam War
  1986, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity




          POW North Vietnam     June 2, 1965 until February 12, 1973


   
Other Comments:

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander John Bryan McKamey (NSN: 0-4777909), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam on 16 June 1966. Commander McKamey's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Commander McKamey reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: 16-Jun-66

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


Second Award

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Commander John Bryan McKamey (NSN: 0-4777909), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam during August 1966. Commander McKamey's captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion, Commander McKamey reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

Action Date: Aug-66

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


 

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander John Bryan McKamey (NSN: 0-4777909), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from February 1970 to January 1973. During this period, although under constant surveillance from his captors, he performed duties involving highly classified material in an exemplary and professional manner. Through his zealousness and ingenuity, he generated new ideas and improvised techniques greatly enhancing covert operations. Although in a hostile environment, he never wavered in his devotion and loyalty to the United States and his fellow prisoners. By his inspiring courage, exceptional skill, and resourcefulness, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. (The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.)

Action Date: February 1970 - January 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


Second Award

Legion of Merit with Combat "V"

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit with Combat "V" to Commander John Bryan McKamey (NSN: 0-4777909), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from June 1965 to February 1973. Under the most adverse of conditions, he resisted all attempts by the North Vietnamese to use him in causes detrimental to the United States, never wavering in his devotion and loyalty to the United States. In an outstanding and tireless fashion he served as an entertainer to provide diversion and constructive rehabilitative thinking to his fellow prisoners during their long internment. Despite harsh treatment and a lack of material aids, he devoted long hours toward improving their morale and well-being. His extraordinary skill, resourcefulness, and dedication to duty throughout his lengthy confinement reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces. (The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.)

Action Date: June 1965 - February 1973

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)


Third Award

Legion of Merit

Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Legion of Merit to Captain John Bryan McKamey (NSN: 0-4777909), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service while serving as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Management Support and as the Transition Team Leader on the Staff of the Chief of Naval Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida, from August 1984 to June 1986. Captain McKamey consistently performed his demanding duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. He aggressively, effectively, and efficiently initiated procedures which improved significantly the identification, development, and coordination of training requirements within the Naval Education and Training Command. These accomplishments could not have been realized without his dynamic enthusiasm, keen insight, sound judgment, and superior managerial and organizational ability. Captain McKamey's exceptional professionalism, adroit leadership, and loyal devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 1984 - June 1986

Service: Navy

Rank: Captain

   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1955, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL), 12-55
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLCommander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)VA-215 Barn OwlsVT-7 Strike Eagles
Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.VT-9 TigersSchool Assignments - StaffVA-125 Rough Riders
NAS LemooreVA-23 Black KnightsUSS Midway (CVA-41)US Navy
Commander Light Attack Wing One (CLAW-1)Commander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)VT-19 Attack FrogsUSS Saratoga (CV-60)
Jacksonville University NROTC (Faculty Staff) NAS Key WestCommander Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG)NAS Pensacola
NAS Pensacola/Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity (NETPMSA)
  1955-1956, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1956-1957, 139X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)/CNATRA Detachment Corpus Christi
  1957-1961, 131X, VA-215 Barn Owls
  1961-1963, 131X, VT-7 Strike Eagles
  1961-1964, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1963-1964, 131X, VT-9 Tigers
  1964-1964, 131X, Naval Air Safety Officer School
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1964-1965, 131X, VA-125 Rough Riders
  1964-1965, 131X, NAS Lemoore
  1965-1965, 131X, VA-23 Black Knights
  1965-1965, 131X, USS Midway (CVA-41)
  1965-1973, 131X, Joint POW.MIA Accounting Command
  1973-1974, 131X, Commander Light Attack Wing One (CLAW-1)
  1974-1974, 131X, Commander Training Command US Pacific Fleet (COMTRAPAC)
  1974-1975, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1974-1975, 131X, VT-19 Attack Frogs
  1975-1977, 131X, USS Saratoga (CV-60)
  1977-1979, 131X, Jacksonville University NROTC (Faculty Staff)
  1979-1981, 131X, NAS Key West
  1981-1982, 131X, Commander Mobile Mine Assembly Group (COMOMAG)
  1982-1984, 131X, NAS Pensacola
  1984-1986, 131X, NAS Pensacola/Naval Education and Training Program Management Support Activity (NETPMSA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1960-1973 Vietnam War
  1965-1965 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1965-1965 Dixie Station, South Vietnam
 Colleges Attended 
University of Southern California
  1964-1964, University of Southern California
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