FRANCIS X. MCKEONE, LTJG, USN

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Francis McKeone '75

Date of birth: March 5, 1952

Date of death: December 11, 1977

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1975 Lucky Bag:

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FRANCIS X. McKEONE

Newark, Delaware

Frank, commonly known to us as Francis or Big Frank, came to our hallowed halls from the large metropolis of Newark, Delaware. A graduate of Salisianum High School, then a graduate of NAPS, Frank is one of the most respected individuals among his peers. He is always seen with a good disposition and a jovial attitude, yet he's not afraid to stand up for what he believes. Though not recruited for the Track team, Frank was State high school champion in the javelin event, only to be plagued with injuries when he came here Academics not being one of his stronger assets, he still has an uncanny ability to get the gouge and pass it along Among his ECA's is a certain female whose enthusiasm and encouragement have pulled him through USNA. Not a weekend has gone by since youngster year, that he and Janie have not been together. Looking forward to a future in Navy Air, he will definitely be an asset to the program wherever he goes. Whether Frank is career oriented or not, it will undoubtedly be one filled with success. We all have confidence in him. Good luck Mac!


He was also a member of the 35th Company staff (1st set).

1975 McKeone LB.jpg

FRANCIS X. McKEONE

Newark, Delaware

Frank, commonly known to us as Francis or Big Frank, came to our hallowed halls from the large metropolis of Newark, Delaware. A graduate of Salisianum High School, then a graduate of NAPS, Frank is one of the most respected individuals among his peers. He is always seen with a good disposition and a jovial attitude, yet he's not afraid to stand up for what he believes. Though not recruited for the Track team, Frank was State high school champion in the javelin event, only to be plagued with injuries when he came here Academics not being one of his stronger assets, he still has an uncanny ability to get the gouge and pass it along Among his ECA's is a certain female whose enthusiasm and encouragement have pulled him through USNA. Not a weekend has gone by since youngster year, that he and Janie have not been together. Looking forward to a future in Navy Air, he will definitely be an asset to the program wherever he goes. Whether Frank is career oriented or not, it will undoubtedly be one filled with success. We all have confidence in him. Good luck Mac!


He was also a member of the 35th Company staff (1st set).

Shipmate

From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate.

From the September 1978 issue of Shipmate:

Lt. (jg) Francis Xavier McKeone USN was killed on 11 December 1977 when his P-3 aircraft struck a mountain on Hierro Island, The Canaries. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware, with interment in All Saints Cemetery in Newark.

Appointed to the Naval Academy from the State of Delaware, he attended the preparatory school at Bainbridge, Maryland, prior to reporting to the Academy. Upon graduation with the Class of 1975 he proceeded to flight training at Pensacola, then was designated naval aviator at Corpus Christi in October 1976. After schooling at North Island, San Diego, he reported to Moffett Field for training in the P-3, then began his first tour with VP-11 at the naval air station, Brunswick, Maine. His squadron was deployed in October 1977 for the Azores and Rota, Spain, and the accident occurred while flying out of Lajes Field in the Azores.

He is survived by his widow, Jane, and a son, Matthew.

He was also survived by his parents and two brothers.


Class of 1975

Francis is one of 8 members of the Class of 1975 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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