Memories of Mr. Mac


Master Chief Electronics Technician

United States Navy Retired

Sailor ~ Friend ~ Shipmate ~ Beloved Husband


Mac McKnight has held a special place in my life since 1988 when I was an ET2 and he was the OE Div LCPO onboard USS Independence (CV 62).   He could be crude, rude and the most demanding SOB you'd ever have to work for, and he didn't have a politically correct bone in his body.  He never put up with any BS from anybody, but he always trained us well and kept the officers out of trouble.  Mac was definitely the guy we wanted leading us when it came time to go to war.

Commander Bil Manders


We can only hope this is said by our Shipmates about us after we cross over the Quarterdeck for the last time.




Mr. Mac's Memorial Service

Part 1     Part 2     Part 3


VFW Toast     Tribute  


Funeral Service

Wake      Funeral     Burial





Master Chief Electronics Technician Kirk McKnight joined the Navy in Portland Oregon on 16 June 1965.  After graduating from Boot Camp in San Diego as a Seaman he attended Electronics Technician "A" School in San Francisco.  Upon graduation in August 1966 he transferred as a Third Class Petty Officer to the USS Henderson (DD-785) where he was advanced to Second Class Petty Officer.  In 1968 he was assigned to Naval Air Station Paxtuxant River Maryland where he served until he was was assigned to Recruiting Duty in New York and promoted to First Class Petty Officer.  In 1982 he reported to USS Forrestal (CV-69) as a Chief Petty Officer.  He left the Forrestal as a Senior Chief Petty Officer and was assigned to another Recruiting Tour in Detroit Michigan where he was promoted to Master Chief Petty Officer.  In January 1988 he reported to the USS Independence (CV-62) in Philadelphia and brought the Ship to Yokosuka to replace the USS Midway (CV-41) as the second Forward Deployed Aircraft Carrier.  His final tour was on the USS Abraham Lincoln homeported in Everett Washington.  On 1 September 1995 he retired from the Navy with over 30 years of honorable Naval service.  He is survived by his beloved wife Belinda and countless Shipmates and Friends.



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