Mckee, Byron, MM1c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MM-0000-Machinist's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Machinists Mate
Primary Unit
1948-1961, US Air Force (USAF)
Service Years
1939 - 1946
MM-Machinists Mate
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Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Perry, Iowa
Byron & Marvel
1922-93 1924-96
Married 1944

Date of Passing
Dec 17, 1993
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

U.S. Navy Master-at-Arms WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback

 Military Association Memberships
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
  1992, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Other Comments:
Web site for the USS Colorado BB-45

Navy USS Colorado BB 45
           1940 - 1946
       Army Air Force
         1946 -1948

        1948- 1961

In  1940, Byron left his parents and the small coal mining town of Carbon, Iowa to join the Navy. Mac, who speaks of his dad very lovingly, said of his father's service:?Dad joined the Navy in very early 1940. Typical story of a farm boy seeking adventure somewhere besides walking behind a team of plow horses.?

Byron attended Naval Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill., and reported aboard the battleship USS Colorado (BB-45) as a Machinist Mate. By the summer of 1941, Colorado returned from the Pacific, headed for the Puget Sound Navy Yard in Bremerton for a shipyard overhaul, for what the entire crew knew to be an impending war. After the overhaul was complete, Colorado and her crew got underway, headed toward Pearl Harbor. But the battleship turned-back for Bremerton shortly after departure when it suffered a major engineering problem.

While repairs were being made to Colorado, Byron took leave and returned home to Iowa. He had been home for three days when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. When Byron learned of the attack, he made his way back to the Colorado with three of his shipmates, driving three days non-stop.

Repairs were completed in 1942, and Colorado got underway and into the war waging in the Pacific. Byron saw action during the battles of Tarawa, Guam, Leyte Gulf, Mindoro, and the invasion of Okinawa. USS Colorado played a major role in the Pacific campaign through the rest of the war.

Byron was still stationed aboard Colorado when World War II ended, but not before the McKee family suffered a great personal loss.

Byron's brother, Willard, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on April 27, 1945, two weeks before the surrender of Germany. The oldest of the six McKee siblings, and only 25 at the time of his death. Willard is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in France and was awarded a Purple Heart.

In 1944, Byron married his high school sweetheart, Marvel Lola Davis. He served aboard USS Colorado until he left the Navy in 1946. That same year he and his wife welcomed a son, Darwin (Mac), and then joined the U.S. Army Air Force (USAAF). A year later, Byron would transition from Soldier to Airman and into America's newest military branch -- the United States Air Force. Again, Byron became a part of military history.

Mac remembers his father as a Sailor, though he retired from the Air Force as Master Sergeant (E7). He recalls his Dad heading the crash boats at Langley AFB, Va., and taking servicemen out on the weekend to fish. During his childhood, Mac had a front row seat to American history. He saw the Panama Canal while his dad was stationed at Howard AFB, he met all the original Mercury Program astronauts while Byron as stationed at Langley, and Mac even remembers Navy astronaut Scott Carpenter's son attending his brother's birthday party.

By the time Mac was a teenager, the country was again at conflict. He was also aware that his family's history had already been tied to the Country's when his father served on the USS Colorado.

He says of the ship's fate: "If the Colorado had not returned to Bremerton, she would have been sitting right where her sister ship (USS West Virginia) had been moored -- at Pearl Harbor. My very existence may have been tied to that shaft malfunction. If dad had been killed at Pearl, my brother, our kids, and grandkids wouldn't be here.? 

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The 12th ERBS was based in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Ocean. This unit had boats at both ends of the Panama Canal, and at the island bases from Miami, FL to Recife, Brazil.

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USAF Crash Boat
USAF Crash Boat
Byron Mckee
Byron McKee  MSG USAF
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US Air Force (USAF)

Cooper, Milton, PO1, (1965-1974) [Other Service Rank]
Daley, Hubert, PO1, (1941-1947) [Other Service Rank]
Fox, Clair, CPO, (1940-1947) [Other Service Rank]
Goodell, Eugene, S1c, (1944-1946) [Other Service Rank]
Hermes, Joseph, F1c, (1946-1947) [Other Service Rank]
Hill, David, ENS, (1938-1941) [Other Service Rank]
Howard, James, ENS, (1937-1941) [Other Service Rank]
Hyle, Gordon, CPO, (1961-1982) [Other Service Rank]
Knauss, Ronald, PO2, (1955-1960) [Other Service Rank]
Lucas, William, SN, (1955-1959) [Other Service Rank]
Mansfield, William, PO2, (1945-1948) [Other Service Rank]
Paulus, Eugene Albert, PO3, (1943-1945) [Other Service Rank]
Rector, Edward, ENS, (1939-1941) [Other Service Rank]
Young, William, CWO4, (1961-1992) [Other Service Rank]
Godfrey, Arthur, CDR, (1920-1966) Captain
Savage, Jimmie, CAPT Lieutenant Commander
FREEMAN, DeWitt Leroy, RADM, (1943-1975) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Geibel, Bruce, CAPT, (1965-1991) Other Service Rank
Matthis, John Rice Britt, PO1, (1941-1973) Other Service Rank
Willey, Walter, CPO, (1944-1986) Other Service Rank
Herron, Forrest, SN, (1942-1946) Senior Chief Petty Officer
Jones, Roger, PO1, (1943-1955) Petty Officer First Class
Conner, Robert, SCPO, (1959-1983) Airman
Dengler, Dieter, LT, (1958-1968) Airman
George, Lloyd, PO2, (1943-1951) Airman
Brereton, Lewis Hyde, ENS, (1911-1911) 00 [Other Service Rank]
Flynn, Dan, MCPO, (1952-1982) 00 00-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Osborne, Dale H., CDR, (1951-1975) 00 [Other Service Rank]
Ruckle, Ed 00 00-0000 [Other Service Rank]
Farnsworth, Robert Atwell, LT, (1942-1966) OFF 131X Commander
Adams, Richard C., CAPT OFF 131X Lieutenant
Schirra, Walter, CAPT, (1941-1969) OFF 131X Lieutenant
Abbriano, Dominic, PO2, (1951-1958) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Adams, Samuel, PO3, (1953-1965) 00 Other Service Rank
Barnett, Ollie, SN, (1942-1965) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Beesley, Walter, SCPO, (1960-1985) 00 Other Service Rank
Beesley, Walter, SCPO, (1960-1985) 00 Other Service Rank
Beesley, Walter, SCPO, (1960-1985) 00 Other Service Rank
Crothers, Richard, SCPO, (1959-1982) 00 Other Service Rank
Dendy, Hayden Glanous, S1c, (1944-1946) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Hetrick, Clarendon Robert, PO3, (1940-1961) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Hoover, William D., CDR, (1960-1986) 00 Other Service Rank
[Name Withheld], (1939-1947) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Lesser, Theodore, SA, (1944-1964) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Moge, Alan, PO3, (1951-1989) 00 Other Service Rank
Newsom, Warren, PO2, (1944-1950) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Phillips, Delmar, WO, (1936-1960) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Shea, Dale Eugene, CPO, (1957-1979) 00 00-0000 Other Service Rank
Smith, Kenneth, SCPO, (1943-1963) AG AG-7412 Chief Petty Officer
Malloy, William, CPO, (1948-1968) AK AK-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Lupo, Francis David, PO2, (1960-1971) 00 00-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Little, Jerry, CPO, (1957-1976) CT CT-0000 Seaman
Farrar, Charles, SR, (1955-1958) RM RM-2393 Airman
Gibson, Glenn, PO1, (1947-1968) 00 00-0000 Airman
Eversole, Tom, CDR, (1958-1986) 00 Airman Recruit
Jenkins, Edward Warren, CPO, (1942-1945) [Other Service Rank]
McHarg, Henry, CDR, (1960-1992) Commander
Hogue, Arlie, PO2, (1952-1974) Other Service Rank

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