McKinney, Eugene Phillip, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1960 - 1968
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jefferson City
Last Address
Phan Rang AB

Casualty Date
Mar 24, 1968
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Resurrection Cemetery - Jefferson City, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
46E 009

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1968, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Aviator (Basic)
Navigator Observer (basic)

 Unit Assignments
Air Force Training Wings614th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Lucky Devils35th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1960-1960, 1535A, 3610th Navigator Training Wing
  1968-1968, 614th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Lucky Devils
  1968-1968, 35th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Lincoln University, Jefferson City Missouri
  1958-1959, Lincoln University, Jefferson City Missouri
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-100 Super Sabre  
  1967-1968, F-100 Super Sabre
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Prior to entering the Air Force, Capt. McKinney attended Lincoln University.

Captain McKinney entered service on 13 October 1959 at Lackland AFB, Texas.  He was commissioned upon completion of training as a navigator at Harlingen AFB, Texas in 1960.  He was promoted to Captain in March 1965.  He graduated from fighter-bomber pilot training in May 1967.

He began his service in Vietham at Phan Rang AB, RVN in February 1968.

In Vietnam, he was lost on a mission flying an F-100D out of Phan Rang AB, RVN while supporting South Korean troops. He made three bombing runs, and was shot down during a strafing run.

He left a wife and five children at his passing.

He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Air Medal, Purple Heart, and the South Korean Order of Military Merit (Hwarang) at Scott AFB, that were presented to his wife, Sue.  She passed away on 17 February 2014.
see Notes

"Capitol Citian Dies in Action", Jefferson City Post Tribune, Missouri, 26 March 1968, page 1.

"Captain McKinney Honored: Medals Given Posthumously", Jefferson City Post Tribune, Missouri, 21 November 1968, page 2.
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