Royce A. McCalley
June 21, 1921-Feb 10, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
Royce (Mac) A. McCalley USN Retired, passed away at the age of 91, surrounded by his family. He was born in Humphreys, MO and spent most of his childhood in Trenton, MO until he joined the Navy in 1942.
Already a private pilot, Royce became a torpedo pilot on the USS Hancock where he received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in operations against the enemy while serving as pilot of a carrier based Navy combat plane in action on July 24, 1945, while deployed over Kure, Japan, adding it to four other air medals. On leave in Santa Rosa, CA, Royce met and married his wife Lorna, a cadet nurse. By 1950 they had moved to Walnut Creek with their first child as small business owners. Royce continued his service to the US Navy in the active reserves as head of all operational control units in Oahu, HI and Alameda until 1966. Royce was predeceased by his wife of 67 years.
We are very grateful for having him and his love and wisdom throughout the years. Royce leaves his loving daughters Elizabeth Birmingham (Tom) and Dr. Lorna T. McCalley (Casey), and grandchildren Kristen Birmingham, ENS US Navy, Michael Birmingham (Michelle), Ricky Broo, and Roger Grant (Brenda). A Committal Service and Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Feb. 16, 2013