Posted for Ted Read
I have been awaiting further info on Mac's passing. Tried to find
something on internet, but I was searching in wrong place. He was
living in Crossville, TN & I thought he had moved back to Michigan.
He died in the hospital in Crossville on Friday, 7 Apr. Probably
pneumonia. His widow had him cremated and held a service in Crossville
at 3:00 PM today. His brothers in Michigan want to hold a memorial
service in his hometown of Gibraltar, MI, but have made no definite
plans yet. I will pass on more when I get it. I hope to locate some
obit info soon.
As most of you know, I worked for Mac in both HMM 261 and HMX. He was
one of my idols. After HMX, we went separate ways. He wound up back
in Viet Nam as CO of a KC-130 squadron (VMGR-252, I think). What I
didn't know was that he returned to Viet Nam again as CO of ProvMag-39
for the final evacuation of US Forces in 1975. Three of his squadron
commanders on that operation were Herb Fix, Jim Bolton and "Weasel"
Gentry. (I found that info on an Ohio State University web site under
the title, "The Bitter End"). His last tour before retiring was as CO
MARTD Glenview. After retiring he held jobs flying H-3's in Saudi
Arabia and Florida/Bahamas for at least 20 more years.
More when I get it. S/F, Ted