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First Name: Kinnaird

Last Name: McKee

Birthplace: Louisville, KY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Navy (present)


Middle Name: Rowe

Date of Birth: 14 August 1929

Rank or Rate: Admiral

Years Served: 1951-1988
Kinnaird Rowe McKee

Graduate, U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 1951

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Kinnaird Rowe McKee

Admiral, U.S. Navy

Kinnaird Rowe McKee was born 14 August 1929 in Louisville, KY.

McKee graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1951. He served in the Pacific fleet destroyer USS Marshall (DD-676) during the Korean War and in eight submarines of the Atlantic fleet since that time. After completion of submarine training in 1953, he served in three diesel-powered submarines: USS Picuda (SS-382), USS Sea Cat (SS-399), and USS Marlin (SST-2). In 1956, McKee was ordered to command of USS X-1, a small experimental submarine. He graduated from Nuclear Power Training in 1958 and joined the commissioning crew of USS Skipjack (SSN-585), the Navy's first high performance nuclear-powered attack submarine.

Assignment as Executive Officer of USS Nautilus (SSN-571) followed in 1961, then of the USS Sam Houston (SSBN-609) in late 1962. After three deterrent patrols on the Sam Houston, he served in the Naval Reactors Division of the Atomic Energy Commission from 1964-66. McKee served as Commanding Officer of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Dace (SSN-607) from 1966-69. The ship was twice awarded the Navy Unit Commendation and three times the Battle Efficiency Pennant for operations during that period.

Following command of Dace, McKee served in the office of the Director, Navy Program Planning, where his responsibilities included strategic warfare, research and development, and submarine and anti-submarine warfare systems. In 1970, he was assigned to the immediate staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, where he established the CNO Executive Panel. As Commander, Submarine Group Eight, McKee served as the NATO and U.S. submarine commander in the Mediterranean from 1973-75. On 1 August 1975, he became the forty-eighth Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy.

Promoted to Vice Admiral in March 1978, McKee served as Commander, Third Fleet with headquarters in Pearl Harbor. From there he was assigned as Director, Naval Warfare, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations concurrent with the expansion of the directorate from its original concentration on anti-submarine welfare to responsibility for all aspects of naval warfare. He developed and implemented the new organization.

On 1 February 1982, he relieved Admiral Hyman G. Rickover as the Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion. On 2 March 1982, he was confirmed by the U.S. Senate for promotion to the four-star rank of Admiral.

Admiral McKee retired on 31 October 1988, after 41 years of service to his country.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit (5 Awards)
Navy Unit Commendation (3 Awards)

Honoree ID: 597   Created by: MHOH




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