Capt Donald Herbert McVay

Capt Donald Herbert McVay

Death 9 Feb 2012 (aged 81)
Burial Quantico, Prince William County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 21 Site 438F
Memorial ID 85139459 · View Source
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Donald H. McVay passed away February 9, 2012. Captain McVay was graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1953. Upon completion of flight training, he reported to VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, Maine. While in VP-23, he participated in deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and Malta. In 1957, he reported to U.S. Navy Postgraduate School in Monterey and subsequently completed his Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Michigan in 1960. He returned to NAS Brunswick, Maine to VP-10 and participated in deployments to NAS Keflavik, Iceland and NAS Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada. He next served on USS Enterprise as Assistant Combat Information Center Officer through 1964. During this period Enterprise participated in operation Sea Orbit with USS Long Beach and USS Bainbridge which circumnavigated the globe without refueling. He then reported to Naval Air Test Center NAS Patuxent River, Maryland for three years. In 1968, he was assigned as Executive Officer of VP-8, a P-3 squadron and in 1969 he assumed command of VP-8. This was followed by an assignment as Navigator on USS America. After a three year tour on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., he reported as Chief of Staff, USCOMSOLANT, in Puerto Rico where he took part in three UNITAS cruises around South America. He completed his Navy career as the Logistics Division Director in the Naval Air Systems Command and retired in 1980. Since retirement he worked as a consultant in the Washington, DC area on Naval Aviation programs including the F/A-18 and the LAMPS Mark III program. After retirement he remained active in USNA Class of '53 activities and enjoyed travel, golf, and bridge, as well as time spent with his dear wife, Joyce and his family.

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