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George "Sandy" McKamie R.I.P
1951 - 2016
George "Sandy" McKamie
On Apr 6, 2016, our SEAL Teammate, SANDY McMILLAN, succumbed to septic shock from an overwhelming infection. He was healthy and fit; his death was completely unexpected. A few days earlier he had felt sort of “punky” but refused to visit the doctor since he (in addition to the SEAL hard head and refusal to see doctors) was busy performing his multitude of tasks for his community, church, and other civic duties. He was found unconscious on the floor and rushed to the hospital where he died shortly thereafter.
FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO CONTACT KITTY DIRECTLY, HER E-MAIL IS:
SHE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM HERE “SEAL TEAM FAMILY!”
I (Steve Elson, aka Doc) got a call from Sandy’s wife, KITTY, the afternoon he died. We discussed their wishes and KITTY asked me to “get the word out to her SEAL FAMILY.” Getting the requisite information, I wrote a small “guide” concerning the activities, locations, and dress code, etc. of the event.
With the help of several of our venerable retired SEALS, e.g. Captain Maynard Weyers, Captain Rick Woolard, Doc Rio, Captain Bailey, Bo Burwell et al, the message was distributed quickly and widely.
To prevent Kitty being overwhelmed with responses, I served as the POC compiling and relaying those responses to her. They came from all parts of the country with very nice one from Rudy Matzat in Germany, former Commanding Officer of the German Frogmen, The Kampfschwimmer Kompanie. Kitty was so grateful for the loving responses which provided her a lot of comfort. When we’d talk she would say that she was much better after reading the notes from her SEAL Family and looked forward to seeing as many as could come.
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There were also Navy League personnel, Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, church elders, and others. The latter provided the honor guard; Kitty was presented with a US Flag. Sandy received special tributes from the Pastor of the Church, a retired Navy VADM, and a dear McMillan friend (retired Navy Pilot Frank Emerson).
Representing the SEAL Community: Tom Keith, Steve Frisk, Frank Sanders, Brad Dunn, Tom Nielsen (and wife), and Steve Elson (and wife). The SEALs were led into the chapel by a member of the church and placed forward on a pew directly behind the family. Following the service, a piper (not bad, but definitely no Rick Woolard) led the family and SEALs from the church to an inner court yard where a small urn of Sandy’s ashes were placed in a columbarium.
This concluded the services. Kitty will take the remaining ashes to this years Muster in FL where they will be swum out to sea. And then — the fun and stress relief part: Last deployment party at Sandy’s and Kitty’s home. Some pictures, names and textual descriptions follow.
Below: Tom Keith (always there for Teammates and family) presents Kitty with an autographed copy of his excellent book, SEAL WARRIOR, DEATH IN THE DARK which will help the McMillan boys better understand the SEAL ethos and the “band of brothers” love among Teammates.
L to R below: Front Row TOM NIELSEN, TOM KEITH, FRANK SANDERS, ROSEANNE
ELSON, STEVE ELSON, ABIGAIL (ROBERT’S WIFE)
Second Row: STEVE FRISK, SANDY’S OLDER BROTHER GARNETT, KITTY, MICHELLE NIELSON BETWEEN/IN FRONT, GEORGE III AND WIFE ABBEY, BRAD DUNN
Third Row: SHANNON (GORDON’S GIRLFRIEND), AND ROBERT
Top Row: GORDON
DURING THE SERVICE IN THE CHAPEL, THERE WAS WHAT SOUNDED LIKE TWO SHOTS, WHICH PROBABLY CAME FROM THE HONOR GUARD. AT THE HOUSE, TO HONOR SANDY AND HIS LIFE, ALL DECIDED ON A 21-BEER SALUTE AS SEEN BELOW.
At long last I’ve published the third book in my Indomitable Patriot series, The Indomitable Patriot: the Submariners.
The book takes us back to 1943 and the OSS. The USS Great White (SS-299) has just put an OSS team ashore in the Philippines and has gone hunting for Japanese tonnage to sink. She almost gets more than she bargained for when she tangles with a Japanese battleship with five escorts. Will she survive her assault and live to fight again?
Lieutenant Commander Marcus Spencer, captain of the Great White experiences a number of twists and turns in his career as well, mainly involving the OSS and their covert activities in the Northern Mariana Islands. I’ve also introduced naval aviation into this book to present many thrilling scenes taking place above, as well as below the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
As with my previous Patriot books, this book is historically accurate fiction. The book is geared toward submarine warfare and along those lines I read and reviewed dozens of actual patrol reports of USS Wahoo, Tang, and a number of WWII submarines. I lucked out in one additional way however.
My technical editor was a retired Navy Command Master Chief who spent his entire naval career aboard diesel and nuclear submarines. His tireless efforts have enabled me to write a book about submarine warfare a reader with no knowledge of the boats will understand and enjoy, and a submarine sailor (also called a “Bubblehead”) will enjoy the realism, jargon and accuracy of the story.
If interested in looking further, just click this link and as-if by magic you will be transported to Amazon and the books listing. It’s available in both print and Kindle formats.
I hope, regardless of your decision to check out the book, everybody is healthy and prosperous. All Best, Carl McLelland
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People: Carl McMillan is working on the new book in his Indomitable Patriot series. He’s keeping tight lipped about it, but he told me to keep my sea bag packed, because I might be headed to Hanoi with a CIA team to evaluate the French at Dien Bien Phu. It looks like he’s about to knock another one outta-the-park.
I, Doc Rio, will let all of you know when this book is out on the Market. Thank You
H-19A helicopter, call sign “Ghost 8”
Over the Yellow Sea, North Korea
6 February 1951 by: Carl McLelland
Mister Foy heard the ominous sounds of bullets striking his helicopter. He redoubled his concentration, applying every piloting skill he possessed. The “Thud, pop, whoosh” sounds of bullets tearing through the fragile aluminum were very similar to a ‘church key’ puncturing the top of a beer can. They were under attack from a North Korean Yak-3 airplane. Foy sensed the usual vibrations of this new, somewhat experimental bird intensify. “Get on the controls with me, Web,” he shouted over the intercom to his copilot, “help me fly this thing.”
Foy felt Web Manuel’s hands on the cyclic, attempting to quell the severe vibrations shaking the controls. “The oil pressure is dropping,” Manuel replied; his voice a staccato chop in-tune with the whop-whop of the rotor blades. “We better think about putting this thing down in the water while we can still control it.”
‘Doc Rio,’ their seasoned combat physician’s assistant watched in horror as Roger slumped to the cabin floor. The veteran navy Chief Warrant Officer had been on the front lines every day of the Korean War. His short detail to the CIA would not pass without further bloodletting.
A red stain appeared on Roger’s abdomen and grew at an alarming rate. Doc crawled across the unstable floor of the helicopter cabin and checked Roger’s vital signs. There was no question: one of the machine gun bullets from the pursuing Yak fighter plane hit Roger.
There is an old axiom among pilots. “Any landing you walk away from is a good one. If the airplane can be flown again, it’s a great one.” Along those lines Mister Foy, with Mister Manuel’s help had just made a good autorotation and landing in the Yellow Sea off the coast of North Korea. Although Ghost eight, a Sikorsky H-19A helicopter showed fewer than one-hundred hours on its flight meter, it had flown its last mile.
Foy remained at the controls, stabilizing the chopper while Manuel climbed down into the cabin. Manuel helped their passengers deploy two rubber rafts, and then assisted the men climbing aboard them. Doc Rio and special agent Rose pulled Roger’s unconscious body aboard theirs. Manuel tossed Rio’s medical kit in the raft as they began paddling, trying to get away from the rotor blades turning overhead.
A radar surveillance plane marked the position where they ditched. They vectored a Martin Mariner seaplane to the location to attempt rescue.
Doc Rio’s efforts kept Roger alive until they reached Pusan, South Korea. Once there, a team from the 2355th M.A.S.H. stood by to perform surgery.
The team special agent Roger Nash commanded, had successfully repatriated U.S. Army Major General William F. Dean. The former commander of the 24th Infantry Division had been a POW since the early days of the war.
Carl has done it again ! His latest NEW book is now available on Amazon.
Roger and Pinky Nash have come up through the ranks with the OSS and CIA. Along the way Roger earned the Navy Cross fighting in the Philippines, as well as a Bronze Star fighting with Merrill’s Marauder’s in Burma.It’s now January, 1950 and Pinky assumes command of the Japanese CIA office, as well as the responsibility for gathering North Korean intelligence. Will their first battle be with the NKPA, or the Supreme Commander Allied Powers, General MacArthur? What happens when SCAP goes to war against the CIA instead of the North Koreans? MacArthur has infiltrated and corrupted the CIA office. Can Pinky turn it around? The CIA immediately begins producing indisputable evidence the North Korean’s are ready to wage war, but can they convince the powers in Washington D.C.? What happens when Pinky’s personal life begins to crumble around her? Has her anger with Roger caused her to seek his replacement?
In the early days of the war that was not supposed to happen, the North Koreans capture Major General Wm. Dean, commander of the 24th Infantry Division and hold him in a secluded prison. Several attempts at repatriation fail. In addition to intelligence gathering, the CIA plans a repatriation mission. Can Pinky’s CIA team of special agents do a better job than the Army? Will the small team of specialists thinking outside the box do a better job than the military might with traditional operating procedures?
You will be on the edge of your seat as real people, not storybook fantasy characters take on the impossible and the story builds to an exciting and unexpected crescendo. Don’t miss this exciting second book in the Behind The Lines series. If you are like me and want a real book to hold and fondle while you read, then simply click this link and as-if by magic you will be transported to the Amazon listing for “Dean, the Captured
As always, I’ll do my best to keep the story historically accurate and keep you on the edge of your seat as you read the story..... Carl (Having spent the majority of my tour in the highlands at
DakTo, guess where we’re ultimately heading...).
Yep ! I am immortalized ! Mr. Carl McLelland emailed me for permission to be included in his book and i agreed. We have become good buddies on the WWW.
Yep ! I am immortalized ! Mr. Carl McLelland emailed me for permission to be included in his book and i agreed. We have become good buddies on the WWW.
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About the Author
Carl’s professional career began as an Army and then FAA air traffic controller. He advanced from a small radar van in the Central Highlands of Vietnam to the TRACON in one of our nation’s busiest airports. He also became a commercial pilot and flight instructor, retiring after thirty-nine years of flying. By 1986 he was experiencing severe burnout. He put himself through the police academy, resigned from the FAA and became a deputy Sheriff in Reno, Nevada. He retired after a distinguished career on the street. Not only the cop on the beat, Carl became a renowned traffic accident reconstructionist on his departments Major Accident Investigation Team, as well as a highly acclaimed crime scene investigator. Throughout his life Carl has been a student of the paranormal and often experienced the effects of the supernatural in his personal life. In 2012 he became involved in the saga of the haunted Allen House in Monticello, Arkansas and its resident spirit, Ladell Allen Bonner. The result of dozens upon dozens of paranormal interactions with Ladell led Carl to write his first book about Ladell’s life and death. Writing that first book sparked a latent avocation in his life: writing. Carl has always been a connoisseur of military history, and that interest began a new direction for his writing. This latest book is the story of Wendell
Fertig, and the beginning of a thrilling new series, 'Behind The Lines.' While the stories are fictionalized, they are all based upon factual military history. Join in with Carl and enjoy his books as you gain an interesting new insight in what war is all
THE INDOMITABLE PATRIOT Fertig, The Guerrilla General
Doc Riojas Comment: Once i started reading this book, i have find myself hard to putting it down! because of my very old age (84 yr old eyes and at the end of being able to correct my vision) I find that the way the paragraphs are other important text are spaced to be extremly easy to read.
Having retired from the Navy and traveled to that part of the orient reminds me of my days as a guerrilla combatant as part of the Navy SPecial Warfare serving as a Navy SEAL in the Jungles of Vietnam.
The author is equally as good a military writter as Tom Clancy. This story may possibly be material for a great movie similar to the the movie produced about the POW rescue in WWII by Filipino Guerilla fighters and the U.S. Army Rangers. "The Great Raid"
Do not wait to buy it tomorrow, order it today ! It was recommended to me by CDR R.D. Thomas (recommended for the Medal of Honor by the US Army, but our politically correct US Navy downgraded it to a Navy Cross. SHame on them !
Carl McLelland, USMC Pilot: the author’s father