Tuesday, December 13, 2011

U.S. Navy Veteran’s Life-Long Patriotism For America

CDR James Henry "Bud" McConnell (US Navy Retired) passed away November 2, 2011 in Virginia Beach at the age of 91.      

Bud was born March 24, 1920 in Manhattan, Kansas. His family moved to Orange County, California when he was a young man. After graduating high school in Orange County California, he took flying lessons which he paid for with the help of his mother's egg money.   

When he was 22, he joined the Navy as pilot.  He engaged in aerial combat in WWII in the Pacific and later in the Korean War.  He was awarded numerous medals, including the Bronze Star with the "V" for valor and heroism.

He went on to Fleet Intelligence Center Atlantic in Norfolk, VA as Executive Officer, and then retired after 27 years of military service.

His military involvement and service to his country did not end with his first retirement. He joined System Development Corp. and was instrumental at Langley Air Force Base in the creation of programming of the Portable Tactical Military Command Centers which were used during "Desert Storm".

Needless to say, his family is very proud of him.  Bud, along with all of his fellow U.S. Veterans will never be forgotten for their patriotism and service to America.  


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