Major Charles (Chuck) Dennis McKee was affectionately known as "Tiny" because of his height and bulk, 6'5" and 270 pounds, and the irony that this bear of a man was assigned the most delicate of assignments—intelligence officer in the troubled city of Beirut, Lebanon, with the Defense Intelligence Agency—is not lost on friends and family. Chuck was an extraordinary man in many respects. Described as having "the right stuff," he spoke fluent Arabic and distinguished himself by finishing at the top of his class at least four times in the process of acquiring highly specialized intelligence training. He graduated first in his class in officers' training school at Fort Benning, Georgia. Chuck had entered the service in November 1970 after graduation from Pennsylvania State University.
Chuck's military career of more than 18 years was characterized by superlative performance in all his duties and endeavors. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, the Army Superior Unit Award, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.
Chuck leaves his mother, Beulah of Trafford, Pennsylvania; his daughter, Aimee, of Bradenton, Florida; and two sisters, Marjorie McKee and Nancy McCuean. His father, who died in 1982, and a sister, Patti Bock, preceded him in death.
His mother describes him as a devoted son who would visit her any time he was in Washington for more than five days. Chuck, who spent the last 10 of his 18 Army years abroad, did his best to reassure his mother he was safe.
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