Jon, I was deeply saddened by the news of your fathers passing. Mac was a online friend of mine going back sometime to early in 1995 . I am a Navy veteran Aviation Ordnanceman and can appreciate Mac's accomplishments as a Naval Aviator. I never had the honor to meet him personally but did get to talk to him on the phone . We shared emails and I sent him stuff about Aviation Ordnance and Navy events that I figured he'd be interested in & he sent me news when he got it too. I once asked him about his younger days in Georgia. I believe that was one of the best letters I ever got back from him. He had some wonderful stories I am sure I need not tell you as you must've heard a few of them. I must confess I love a good story andI enjoyed him telling me about his family and some of his adventures as a young man...I was very sick around christmas found out I was diabetic and in the hospital a real down time for me & forgot him a Christmas Email but Mac didn't forget me I have a picture Mac sent me he said that " was another pilots plane but he flew it of the Ship I will miss Mac and his emails .
My Thoughts & Prayers to you,