NEIL B MCKINNEY
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 28 OF THE WALL

NEIL BERNARD MCKINNEY

WALL NAME

NEIL B MCKINNEY

PANEL / LINE

1E/28

DATE OF BIRTH

09/08/1934

CASUALTY PROVINCE

KONTUM

DATE OF CASUALTY

09/02/1963

HOME OF RECORD

MUNCIE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR NEIL BERNARD MCKINNEY
POSTED ON 9.27.2005
POSTED BY: Bob Ross

Do not stand at my grave and weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sun on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

Mary Frye – 1932

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POSTED ON 3.16.2004
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

BY GREG BROWN, Times-Union Staff Writer


The remains of a Mentone High School graduate missing in action in Vietnam since 1962 have been buried in Akron Cemetery.

Lt. Neil B. McKinney was flying routine air cover missions over Vietnam when his B-26 bomber failed to return to its base.

After a search failed to turn up any sign of the four-man crew, McKinney and the other crew members were listed as officially missing. A year later the Air Force declared Lt. McKinney deceased.

“I didn’t know where Vietnam was when he left, and I am not a dumb person,” said Grace Waechter, McKinney’s former mother-in-law and a former teacher.

“He left in March and we found out in September that he was missing,” said Waechter.

But since his disappearance 34 years ago there hasn’t been much information on his remains.

“We would hear a story, and then we would hear another story and nothing would come of it,” she said.

In March ‘92 the Vietnam government repatriated to the United States the remains and artifacts purportedly recovered from a B-26 crash cite in Kontum province in Vietnam.

The personal effects and other information indicated the identity of the crew at the time of the return. Forensic specialists studied the remains four years to ensure positive identifications.

“There was a military funeral, they really did a beautiful job,” said Waechter of the Nov. 3 ceremony.

McKinney was born Sept. 8, 1934, in Ft. Wayne. He graduated from Mentone High School in 1952 and received a degree from Ball State University, where he was in ROTC.

At Ball State he met Barbara Waechter (now Rager) of Plymouth. They were married June 26, 1960.

McKinney received a commission in the United States Air Force and was assigned to Vietnam as an intelligence officer in 1962.

McKinney is survived by a daughter, Christa C. Smith of Zionsville, who was 9 months old when McKinney was officially declared missing. A half brother, Don Funk of Ft. Wayne, also survives.
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