McKay, Robert Neil, LTJG

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Service Branch
Supply Corps
Last Primary NEC
651X-Limited Duty Officer - Supply Corps
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, 651X, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
Service Years
1942 - 1945
Supply Corps
Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1920
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Los Angeles
Last Address
Los Angeles

Casualty Date
May 03, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Okinawa
Conflict
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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LT (jg) Robert McKay "The only Supply Corps Officer to be awarded the Silver Star"

    



From the time we enter the Navy, it is stressed that we are Naval Officers first.  The Supply Corps' guiding principles state "We are first and foremost Naval Officers, integral members of the warfighting team focused on mission accomplishment."
   
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Robert McKay

Lieutenant (jg), Supply Officer

Bob was killed in action.

"Bob, our Supply Officer, was killed in action; the only officer we lost on 3 May 1945. He was brilliant, friendly, helpful, well liked, and well respected. Bob suffered terribly with chronic seasickness when at sea. This was aggravated by the fact that he stood watches in the coding shack--a tiny closet-like space without fresh air. He refused to be relieved of this duty and was determined to stick it out. Because of his chronic condition, he finally consented to be transferred to shore duty at the first opportunity, an opportunity that never came.

After being discharged from active duty and returning home to San Diego, I always made an effort to contact family of those lost in action. George Hansell, Chief Yeoman, now had duty in San Diego, and we were in touch. Bob McKay was survived by his mother, a brother and sister. We managed to contact Bob’s mother, Lucille, and became well-acquainted with her through several visits to her home in Hollywood. Through these visits we learned that Bob had been Student Body President while attending the University of Southern California (USC) and was also elected President of the National Association of Student Body Presidents. Aboard ship, he was quiet and unassuming. Most had no idea of his accomplishments. His mother (she said we should call her “Mom”) was devastated over his loss and never really recovered. Bob’s father had been a loyal caretaker for Mary Pickford for many years and when he died, there was little for Mom McKay to live on. Mom always thought Ms. Pickford could and should have done more. Bob’s brother was a cameraman for one of the Hollywood movie studios. On one trip to see Mom, we attended the dedication of a cenotaph bearing the name of Robert Neil McKay. This was in a huge Hollywood cemetery. It was tough on Mom McKay. I wish I could remember the name of the cemetery. To the best of my recollection, Mom McKay passed away in the late 40s, a heartbroken woman."   –W. Fowers

 

 

 

   
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  1944-1945, 651X, USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)

Lieutenant Junior Grade

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- / 1945

Unit
USS Aaron Ward (DM-34) Unit Page

Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade

NEC
651X-Limited Duty Officer - Supply Corps

Location
Not Specified

Country/State
Not Specified
 
 
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 USS Aaron Ward (DM-34) Details

USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
Hull number DM-34

Type
Surface Vessels

Existing/Disbanded
Decommissioned

Parent Unit
Surface Vessels USS A-C

Strength
Destroyer

Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Feb 17, 2008
   
   
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USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)
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USS Aaron Ward (DM-34)

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Armand, Medric J., PO1, (1941-1945) MN MN-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Schroeter, C., PO1, (1941-1945) WT WT-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Bruna, Frank, PO2, (1940-1945) SC SC-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Clark, Carl, CPO, (1936-1958) SD SD-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Fletcher, Farrell Ronald, PO2, (1942-1945) HA HA-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Follett, Robert Raymond, PO2, (1941-1945) MN MN-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Zaloga, Joseph Edward, PO2, (1943-1945) MN MN-1201 Petty Officer Second Class
Dart, George Leonard, PO3, (1943-1945) SH SH-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Dial, Billy Rae, PO3, (1943-1945) SO SO-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Good, Rae Gervis, PO3, (1944-1945) FC FC-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Long, Luther James, PO3, (1943-1945) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Turner, Jack Stokes, PO3, (1944-1945) GM GM-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Carpenter, Charles Lloyd, S1c, (1943-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Harris, Richard Joesph, S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Hendrickson, Jereld Melvin, S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Marshall, J.J., S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Niwinski, Henry, S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Olmeda, A., S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Rawlins, J.B., S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Symes, Robert, S1c, (1944-1945) S1c S1c-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Anderson, Jack Beecher, F1c, (1944-1945) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Macukas, Anthony Peter, F1c, (1944-1945) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Pepoon, R.S., F1c, (1944-1945) F1c F1c-0000 Fireman 1st Class
Cain, John Richard, S2c, (1943-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Carrick, Junior Roby, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Connell, Charles Howard, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Schroeder, Laverne, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Spradlin, L.R., S2c, (1945-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Steinhilber, Clyde William, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Wagner, Edgar Lawrence, S2c, (1944-1945) S2c S2c-0000 Seaman Second Class
Morgan, John J, F2c, (1944-1945) F2c F2c-0000 Fireman 2nd Class
Smith, Jerry E., PO2, (1944-1945) Petty Officer Third Class
Dulin, Frank Benson, S1c, (1944-1945) Seaman
Stole, Gerald James, F1c, (1942-1945) Fireman 1st Class
McCoy, Billy, S2c, (1945-1945) Seaman Apprentice
Couie, Robert Louis, PO2, (1942-1945) Petty Officer Second Class
Coltra, Paul, PO1, (1940-1945) Petty Officer Third Class
Dalton, John Shields, S1c, (1942-1945) Seaman
LePon, Russell Allen, F1c, (1943-1945) Fireman

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