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RADM Gerald W. MacKay, USN (Ret)
April 7, 1936 ~ August 10, 2017


Rear Admiral Gerald Wallace MacKay, USN Ret. passed away peacefully at his home in San Carlos, his wife Linda, at his side.
Jerry was born in Truro, Nova Scotia Canada, moving to Boston at age 8. There he attended Boston Technical H.S. After graduation he joined the United States Navy Reserve Submarine Service. At age 20 he was commissioned an Ensign and designated as a Naval Aviator at Hutchinson Kansas, October 16, 1956.
RADM MacKay flew multiple aircraft while performing Anti-Submarine and Patrol missions amassing over 4500 flight hours flying P-2V and P-3 aircraft over the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
His first duty assignment was with Patrol Squadron Sixteen flying the P-2 Neptune. Here he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander while serving as Avionics Officer as well as Air Intelligence Officer. Deployments were to Iceland, Africa and Newfoundland. In 1959, MacKay reported to Naval Air Development at South Weymouth, Massachusetts where he served as a Research and Development Project Officer. He then worked at Grumman Aircraft as an aircraft acceptance test pilot. Next he was ordered to the aircraft carrier Lake Champlain and received his qualification as Officer of the Deck Underway. In June 1967, Jerry joined Patrol Squadron Thirty-One first as Operations Officer and then as Training Officer.
RADM Mackay held Command of six aviation organizations during his distinguished Naval career including Patrol Squadron Six, Patrol Squadron Thirty-One, Commander Patrol Wing One/ Commander Patrol and Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet/ CTF 72, Commander Patrol Wings Pacific, and Commander of U S Naval Forces Japan. He considered his coordination of the sea rescue of thousands of refugees fleeing Vietnam to be one of his greatest accomplishments. Jerry's final Navy assignment was as Deputy Comptroller of the Navy.
RADM MacKay's military decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Expeditionary medal and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was honored in Japan and Korea with the Second Class Medal of the Sacred Treasure, and the Third Class Medal of the Rising Sun and the Order of National Security Merit, respectively. His Navy career spanned thirty-two years, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral. 
Jerry retired from the Navy in 1986 in San Carlos, CA. He then began his career in the electronics industry. He closed out his civilian career as President of Advent Systems in 2005. Jerry was an active member of the Fellowship Forum, the Naval Order of the United States, the Association of Naval Aviation, the Coyote Point Yacht Club, the St. Andrews Society, and the Sons in Retirement.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Seaton of Richland Washington. Our family includes the Patricia Ford family, the Finnegan family, the Seaton family and the Henton family. We would also like to acknowledge our extended families: the Havens, Stamms, Sullivans and Castros. 
A funeral mass will be held at St. Charles Catholic Church, San Carlos CA on Thursday, September 21st, 4:00 pm. Military honors for Admiral MacKay will be conducted at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery, Friday September 22nd at 10:00, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos, CA.



Little, George
AVCM 1964-66 "Navy-Ret AVCM Hewlett Packard-Ret"
Received word that the following VP-6 vet passed away on June 2.
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Obituary for David L. Zinda

DAVID L. ZINDA
AMHERST JCT., WISCONSIN

Age 74, passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, WI. He was born July 5, 1942 in Stevens Point, WI; son of Leo and Katherine (Keen) Zinda. On July 10, 1965, David married Judith Dombrowski at St. James Catholic Church in Amherst, WI. David was employed at UW-Stevens Point for twenty years. He was also employed by the US Post Office, retired from the US Navy, and loved his farm. David enjoyed entertaining people and inviting them for a drink at “Dave’s Bar”. TEDA MOSH! He will be deeply missed by all of his loving family and many friends.

David is survived by his wife, Judith “Judy” Zinda of Amherst Jct.; a son, David “Davy” Zinda, II of Stevens Point; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Zinda of Almond; six grandsons, Robert (Cortney) Zinda of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Amanda) Zinda of Stevens Point, Jared Zinda of Stevens Point; Allan, Alex, and Austin Zinda of Almond; and one great-granddaughter, Kyla Zinda of Stevens Point. He is also survived by many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Katherine Zinda; a daughter, Jody Sue Zinda; a son, Thomas “Tommy” Zinda; two brothers, Gerald Zinda and Ben Zinda; and four sisters, Ramona Gunsolley, Edwina Caldwell, Dorothy Zinda, and Bernadette Printz.

A Funeral Mass will be on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church – Fancher in Amherst, WI. Father Dan Hackel will preside. A visitation will be held on Sunday evening, February 19th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst with a Rosary Service to be at 4:30 PM. A visitation will also be held on Monday morning from 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the church. Burial with full military honors will be at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery following the mass on Monday. The Jungers-Holly Funeral Home of Amherst is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Alvin Morris Miller: VP-6 1960-1963.

July 06, 1943 - March 03, 2017

Alvin M. Miller, 73, Wamego, KS passed away at his home Friday, March 3, 2017.

  Al was born on July 6, 1943 in Colby, KS to Harree and Martha (Stoeker) Miller.  Al ran Al's Barbershop in Wamego for over 30 years.

  He is survived by two daughters: Kelli Miller, Colorado Springs, CO, and Staci (Scott) Coleman, Wichita, KS; a sister: Marlene Carpenter, Colby, KS; a brother: Jarree (Nancy) Miller, Wichita, KS; his faithful companion: Elizabeth "Liz" Taylor; a handful of loving grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and a host of wonderful friends.

  He is preceded in death by his wife, Rita, parents, and a brother, Harree.


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