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As I have noted previously, A couple years or so back I attempted to contact McKeon--at that time, I received several e-mails from Marines indicating that McKeon had passed away, which I have assumed to be correct.nm
It occurs to me that you few surviving Plt #71 Marines may not be aware of the interest by Marines in general for the so-called Ribbon Creek Incident, Plt #71, SSgt McKeon, etc.nm
hey geneHey there....I remember you, Poole. I was the Right Guide. It's been a while, but I can remember your name adn I have a foggy recollection of how you looked. Do you remember John Sapp from Savannah? I think he was in our platoon...or maybe I met him in ITR.
Get back in touch if you get this.
I don't specifically recall that Mckeon was a MGr in Korea--but I do remember from the news accounts of the time, that he had previously served an enlistment in the Navy before joining the Corps--seems like he came into the Corps just prior to or about the time of Korea, 1950.Gunny;
i took sgt. Mckeon's phone # off your message this morning. and bingo he was there and very much alive. he does have cancer and says hes on the way out. it was so great to talk to him after almost 50 years. we talked about 20 minutes about the old days. he started to get tired so i told him semper fi and good bye. you know he was a decorated machine gunner in korea didn't you. again thanks for his #. he still remember me after all these years. he told me i wasn't the biggest guy in the plt. and told me where i was in the grad. picture. quite a memory hun.
thank you sir for your time.
...you talked me into it--when I read your post here I just picked up the phone and called Mac--talked to his wife, Elizabeth, first, and then Mac. He remembered me from when we were both in MAG-24 at Cherry Pt (58-59) Exchanged Semper Fis, and talked for a bit. He was happy that you had called him the other day. When I mentioned Gene's name, he immediately responded that he remembered him too.Gunny,
you know i'm not quite sure where i read that sgt mckeon was a machine plt leader in korea, but i believe it was in one of the books i read concerning his trial at parris island. i didn't want to keep him on the phone when i called him and i didn't want it to sound like a interragation. he sounded tired and mine was just a call from one marine concerned about the other . but i'm sure he wouldn't mind you calling. thank you for your time
semper fi will
...I know that McKeon had served in the Navy prior to joining the Corps. So your friend was likely correct.will,i know of an ex navy guy who claimed he was in the navy aboard the same ship with mckeon.it was in the late forties.i thought it was a lot of bull,but im not so sure now.the man passed away last summer.if you find out let me know.