McKINNEY, Eugene, RADM

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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1958-1959, Commander Naval Forces Korea (CNFK)
Service Years
1927 - 1960
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Rear Admiral Upper Half

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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1903
 
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Home Town
Eugene OR
Last Address
United States Naval Academy Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 1986
 
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Eugene Bradley McKinney
Submarine Commander US Navy WWII
Navy Cross three times
Eight Combat War Patrols

Awards and Citations
  1. Navy Cross
    Awarded for actions during World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross to Commander Eugene Bradley McKinney (NSN: 0-61234), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SKATE (SS-305), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine during and subsequent to the attack on the Japanese-held Island of Wake, by United States forces. During the period 6 to 12 October 1943, this submarine rescued five naval aviators, and one enlisted man who were forced down in aircraft in the vicinity of the island. During these rescue operations his ship was subjected to shell fire from the shore batteries and to repeated bombing and strafing attacks by enemy aircraft. The courage, skill and determination displayed by Commander McKinney was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: October 6 - 12, 1943
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Commander
    Company: Commanding Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Skate (SS-305)
     
  2. Silver Star
    Awarded for actions during World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Eugene Bradley McKinney (NSN: 0-61234), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SALMON (SS-182), during an aggressive and successful war patrol in enemy waters during World War II. Taking advantage of every favorable attack opportunity, Lieutenant Commander McKinney, by his courageous and proficient skill, succeeded in damaging two freighters and one tanker totaling 18,000 tons, and sinking one tanker of 6,000 tons and one sampan of 100 tons. Despite vigorous counter measures on the part of the enemy, he brought his ship through without material impairment and his crew home without injury or loss of life.

    General Orders: Pacific Fleet Board Awards: Serial 0458 (April 16, 1943)
    Action Date: 1943
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Lieutenant Commander
    Company: Commanding Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Salmon (SS-182)
     
  3. Navy Cross
    Awarded for actions during World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Eugene Bradley McKinney (NSN: 0-61234), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SALMON (SS-182), on the THIRD War Patrol of that submarine in the South China Sea on 25 and 28 May 1942. Upon sighting an enemy Japanese formation consisting of a light cruiser screened by two destroyers, Lieutenant Commander McKinney maneuvered to favorable firing position and in spite of anti-submarine measures launched a torpedo attack, scoring hits with each of the four torpedoes fired, destroying the enemy cruiser and subsequently evading the vigorous depth charge attack by the enemy destroyers without damage to his ship. Again while on the same patrol on the night of 28 May 1942, the SALMON closed a 7,000-ton enemy Japanese merchantman unobserved, obtaining two torpedo hits and sinking the vessel. The aggressive, courageous spirit displayed by Lieutenant Commander McKinney and his command on these occasions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: May 25 & 28, 1942
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Lieutenant Commander
    Company: Commanding Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Salmon (SS-182)
     

  4. Navy Cross
    Awarded for actions during World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Commander Eugene Bradley McKinney (NSN: 0-61234), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. SALMON (SS-182), on the FIRST War Patrol of that submarine, during an offensive engagement with two destroyers on the night of 22 - 23 December 1941. When two enemy vessels, performing screening or patrol duty, maneuvered to attack at high speed, the SALMON closed in, sinking one enemy destroyer by torpedo fire at a range of not more than three-quarters of a mile, a second hit being heard later while she was diving below the surface. Evading counter measures, Lieutenant Commander McKinney continued on his assigned mission, conducting additional attacks against enemy vessels. His courage and skill displayed on this occasion and his alert, decisive action reflect great credit upon himself, his command and the United States Naval Service.

    Action Date: December 22 - 23, 1941
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Lieutenant Commander
    Company: Commanding Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Salmon (SS-182)
   
Other Comments:
Submarine USS Salmon (182)

27 Nov 1941
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr Eugene Bradley McKinney) left Manila for a defensive patrol of the west coast of Luzon, when the Japanese attacked this patrol became her first war patrol.

13 Feb 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ended her first war patrol at Tjilatjap, Java, Netherlands East Indies.

20 Feb 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) left Tjilatjap for her second war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the Java Sea.

23 Mar 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ended her second war patrol at Fremantle, Australia.

3 May 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) left Fremantle for her third war patrol. She was ordered to parol in the South China Sea.

26 May 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese repair ship Asahi (11441 tons) about 180 nautical miles south-south-east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina in position 10º00'N, 110º00'E.

28 May 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese merchant Ganges Maru (4382 GRT) in the South China Sea about 250 nautical miles south-south-east of Cam Ranh Bay, French Indochina in position 09º00'N, 111º00'E.

24 Jun 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ends her third war patrol when she returned to Fremantle.

21 Jul 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) left Fremantle for her 4th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the South China Sea / Sulu Sea area.

8 Sep 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ends her 4th war patrol at Fremantle.

10 Oct 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) left Fremantle for her 5th war patrol. She was ordered to patrol in the vicinity of Subic Bay, Philippines.

10 Nov 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) sinks a Japanese sampam with gunfire off Subic Bay in position 15º10'N, 119º42'E.

17 Nov 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese repair ship Oregon Maru (5873 GRT) about 65 nautical miles north-west of Manila in position 14º16'N, 119º44'E.

7 Dec 1942
USS Salmon (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ended her 5th war patrol at Pearl Harbor. She was ordered to the Mare Islands Navy Yard for an overhaul.

 

Submarine USS Skate (305)


25 Sep 1943
USS Skate (Lt Cmdr Eugene Bradley McKinney) departs Pearl Harbor for her 1st war patrol, and is ordered to patrol off Wake Island.

29 Oct 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ends her 1st war patrol at Midway.

15 Nov 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) departs Midway for her 2nd war patrol. She is ordered to patrol off Truk.

21 Dec 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese fleet tanker Terukawa Maru (6433 GRT) north-west of Truk, Caroline Islands in position 09º45'N, 151º56'E.

25 Dec 1943
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) torpedoes and damages the battleship
Yamato (offsite link) northeast of Truk, Caroline Islands in position 10º05'N, 150º32'E.

7 Jan 1944
USS Skate (Lt.Cdr. E.B. McKinney) ends her 2nd war patrol at Midway.



   
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US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)Submarine School Officers Basic CourseSubmarine School Officers Advanced CourseNaval Legal Service Units (JAG)
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  1958-1959, Commander Naval Forces Korea (CNFK)
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