GEORGE K. MACKENZIE, JR., LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

George Mackenzie, Jr. '31

Date of birth: May 30, 1910

Date of death: March 15, 1943

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:

Loss

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George was lost when USS Triton (SS 201) was sunk by Japanese destroyers on March 15, 1943. He was the boat's commanding officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Career

From Wikipedia:

MacKenzie attended the Basic Enlisted Submarine School and Deep Sea Diving School and the advanced course in the Submarine Officers' School in addition to serving in Raleigh (CL-7), Bonita (SS-165), and Plunger (SS-179) and commanding Falcon (ASR-2) and Triton (SS-201).

From Fleet Organization:

  • Duty Submarine Escape Training Tank Submarine Base New London 1 Jul 1939 - 1 Nov 1940
  • Captain USS Falcon (ASR-2) 1 Oct 1941 - 31 May 1942
  • Executive Officer USS Gato (SS-212)
  • Captain USS Triton (SS-201) 14 Feb 1943 - 15 Mar 1943

He was promoted to Lieutenant on 21 Sep 1938 and to Lieutenant Commander (T) on 15 Jun 1942.

Navy Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander George Kenneth MacKenzie, Jr. (NSN: 0-70326), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. TRITON (SS-201), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that submarine in enemy controlled waters during February 1943. With daring and skillful seamanship, Lieutenant Commander MacKenzie maneuvered his ship into effective striking position and attacked an enemy convoy, sinking several ships of the convoy and damaging others. Lieutenant Commander MacKenzie's inspiring leadership and the excellent performance of duty of his command were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: Feb-43
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Triton (SS-201)

Namesake

USS George K. MacKenzie (DD 836) was named for George; the ship was sponsored by his daughter, Donna.


Class of 1931

George is one of 50 members of the Class of 1931 in Memorial Hall.