GERALD O MCKAY
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 132 OF THE WALL

GERALD OTTO MCKAY

WALL NAME

GERALD O MCKAY

PANEL / LINE

1E/132

DATE OF BIRTH

10/25/1941

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, MIL RG I

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/06/1965

HOME OF RECORD

ST MARYS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Pottawatomie County

STATE

KS

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

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LEFT FOR GERALD OTTO MCKAY
POSTED ON 6.1.2023
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you...

There is a place
Not far from here
Where spirits walk
And heroes live
And honor still resides.

It is a wall
With names inscribed
Of those who served
When they were asked...
The brothers of my youth.

I go there still
To walk and think
About my life,
And what I've done since
And things that might have been.

There is a debt
I can't repay
Too many lives were spent.
And one man's life cannot suffice
To make their deaths worthwhile.

But there is hope
In the memory
Of those we leave behind
Who know the price that freedom brings
Who can carry on in kind.

I send you now
To touch a name
So the vision can be passed
Remember there is honor still
It is for you to see it lasts.

They are not dead
And have a wish
As all old soldiers do
The reflection you see before you now
Is their wish to live in you.
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POSTED ON 10.21.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

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1LT Gerald Otto McKay is buried in section 30, site 43 of the Barrancas National Cemetery on NAS/Corry Naval Base in Pensacola, FL.

Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Semper Fi, Marine
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POSTED ON 8.28.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Gerald McKay, Thank you for your service as an HMH Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Time passes quickly, but our world needs help. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 10.25.2018
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

First Lieutenant Gerald Otto McKay, Served with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), USS Iowa Jima, Task Force 79 (TF-79), 7th Fleet.
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POSTED ON 11.25.2017

Casualty at Sea

On June 6, 1965, two U.S. Marine Corps UH-34D helicopters from Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM 161) were involved in a mid-air collision shortly after takeoff from the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2) stationed off Chu Lai in Quang Tin Province, RVN. The aircraft were launched for a pre-dawn search and rescue mission when they apparently collided in mid-air and fell to the sea. Because of darkness, only a bright yellow ball of flame was seen from the bridge of the Iwo Jima, followed by a loud explosion. The accident claimed the lives of eight squadron members. The lost crews included (from #148820): aircraft commander 1LT Allen C. Hertz, pilot CPT Paul F. McNally, crew chief CPL Frank W. Wilson, and gunner LCPL Carl E. McBee; and (from #148791) aircraft commander 1LT Nicolaus A. Doeden, pilot 1LT Gerald O. McKay, crew chief CPL Gary D. Tracy, and gunner PFC Curtis L. Foster. The remains of all crewmen were recovered. The squadron held a memorial service on the flight deck of the Iwo Jima the following morning. [Taken from popasmoke.com, archive.org, and vhpa.org]
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