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DARRELL EUGENE MCGEE


is honored on Panel 21W, Line 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 7/4/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP5 Darrell E McGee, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • REMEMBERING A FRIEND

    Posted on 6/19/13 - by Craig L. Bixby cbixby@flychautauqua.com

    I met Mac in November of 1968 when I first arrived at Camp Eagle. He was the first guy to step in to help a scared, lost, confused, FNG get settled into such a strange and hostile place. I've never forgotten his kindness.brbrAs a Huey Crew Chief he taught me the ropes for maintaining and inspecting the Ship's to ensure that mechanically they would always bring their Crews back safely. He also taught me the ins and outs of a Crew Chief's duties. Most importantly he taught me how to relax, have fun, and not take myself or the war too seriously.brbrThanks to him and others I was well prepared for when I was given a Ship of my own to Crew and help guide into and out of some very tuff spots.brbrMac was a family man and talked often about their plans when he got home.brbrThere were three of us whose Birthdays were only days apart in July. Mine is the 1st, Tom Marcotte's is the 5th, and Mac's was the 16th. I had gotten a Care Package from home. Among other goodies, it contained a Homemade Chocolate Birthday Cake, canned frosting, candles, the works! Only there was one problem.....the cake was covered in mold!!!brbrWell, we were drooling for this cake and set on having a Birthday Party so we scraped off the mold, filled in the holes with the frosting, lit the candles and had one memorable birthday celebration on July 3rd, 1969.brbrHe thought that the Huey missions were too tame and boring and once in awhile for excitement he would change places with one of the Loach Crew Chiefs and fly as Door Gunner on a ' White Team.' brbrIt was while flying Low Ship on one of these Recon flights JULY 4th 1969 that he was shot down.brbrI was flying within a few miles of where he went down. When we got to the area the 'High Ship', with Tom Marcotte flying as Door Gunner, had already landed and we flew covering fire while Tom did his best to try and free them from the crashed helicopter. But, there just wasn't anything anyone could do.brbrWhat a helpless, frustrating feeling to have so much help so close at hand and to be completely helpless.brbrTo this day there isn't a birthday or 4th of JULY that I don't remember the fun we had and the tragedy of that day in 1969 and offer a prayer for Mac and the family he never got to see again.brbrDuring a visit to the Memorial in Washington the eeriest thing happened. I wasn't able to look up his name in the book because he was known as Mac to just about everyone and I never knew or couldn't remember his first name.brbrWhile walking quietly along the Wall Mac's name just leaped out at me almost in 3-D. Mac was making sure I knew he was there. It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck and the Wall proved again that it is a mystical, magical place.brbrMac, I hope you're carefree and happy and I know that you'll be waiting to someday again help out a scared, lost, confused, FNG to get settled into a new and wonderful place, this time.brbrbr

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  • Photo

    Posted on 5/16/05 - by Berlin Veterans Foundation, Inc. luvluv@charter.net
    He will never be forgotten!

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  • The Final Bridge

    Posted on 4/9/05 - by Steve Conto sconto@new.rr.com
    Mac is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in the northeast corner, block 43, lot 9, space 3 (2nd row in, center). The cemetery is located on hwy 91 just east of Berlin.
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The Wall of Faces

Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.

All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.