Barney served in the Navy as a radioman.  He was familiar with the Stearmans as he used to fly these airplanes in the early 1940’s.

When asked what his most memorable experience in the service was, he just smiled and said He wouldn’t give anything for those 4 years in the service but wouldn’t ever do them again. He spent his time in the service as a morse code operator coding and decoding messages at the radio. He was the only one at his base that could do it!

Thank you for your service Mr. McKenzie!