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McGee, John Francis

Date of birth:
August 13th, 1921 (Grand Rapids/Michigan, United States)
Date of death:
March 18th, 2006 (Grand Rapids/Michigan, United States)
Service number:
622 66 87
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

John Francis McGee entered service on March 17th, 1942 and served as a gunner / navigator / bombardier. He was honorably discharged on January 16th, 1946.

Career:
?: NTS, Great Lakes;
?: Composite Squadron 33;
?: NAS Miami;
?: Torpedo Squadron 98;
?: Air Group 98, detached VC-82/VC-50.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
Unit:
Gunner, Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1947
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
Unit:
Gunner, Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1947
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement in aerial flight as Gunner of a Torpedo Bomber Plane in Composite Squadron THIRTY THREE during operations against enemy Japanes forces in the Pacific War Area from April 22 to June 18, 1944. Completing his tenth mission during this period, McGEE contributed materially to the success of his squadron in the infliction of extensive damage on the enemy. His courage and devotion to duty in the face of hostile fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Second Air Medal awarded in the form of a gold star to be worn on the ribbon of the first Air Medal.
Air Medal (AM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
Unit:
Gunner, Composite Squadron 33 (VC-33), U.S. Navy
Awarded on:
July 21st, 1947
Air Medal (AM)
Citation:
"For meritorious achievement in aerial flight as Gunner of a Torpedo Bomber Plane in Composite Squadron THIRTY THREE during operations against enemy Japanes forces in the Pacific War Area from June 19 to July 12, 1944. Completing his fifteenth mission during this period, McGEE contributed materially to the success of his squadron in the infliction of extensive damage on the enemy. His courage and devotion to duty in the face of hostile fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Third Air Medal awarded in the form of a second gold star to be worn on the ribbon of the first Air Medal.
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Awarded with five bronze campaign stars.
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

Awarded with three stars.
U.S. Navy/Marines Air Crew Insignia

Sources

  • - Second/Third Air Medal Citational Papers
    - Permanent Citation - Air Medal and Gold Stars in Lieu of second and third Air Medal, 12 March 1948
    - Honorable Discharge Papers
    - Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service

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