Community Highest Ranking D-Day Survivor Passes Away in Scottsdale Rachael Bouley - December 30, 2016 0 A decorated military veteran passed away on Monday in Scottsdale. General Seth McKee was the highest-ranking survivor of D-Day during World War II, and he passed away at the age of 100. McKee was recognized for leading a group of fighter planes that provided air cover for invading troops at Normandy in June 1944. McKee flew 69 missions and was a brave, courageous fighter pilot for the country. Following World War II, McKee pursued a lifelong career in the Air Force, finishing as commander of NORAD, an anti-nuclear missile defense center in Colorado, a role that earned him his fourth star. The Missouri native retired in 1973 and moved to Arizona. On his one hundredth birthday in November, McKee was presented with France’s highest honor when he was made a Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor. “I don’t like war,” he said in 2014. “When man has to resort to war to revolve his affairs, he’s reached about his lowest level. We’re back to the caveman days where you grab a club.” McKee said he thinks that World War II was the last war the country entered with the intent to win. He said the military was used, at times, to help protect financial interests of powerful people or corporations and not for the benefit of the country as a whole. McKee was survived by his wife of 75 years, Sally, his sons Seth Jr., William and Thomas, as well as eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Editor’s NotesPublish your Community News: We want your local news, business promotions, opinions, press releases, etc. Learn more about My Local News U.S> Local Event Calendar: Add an event to your local Community Calendar Realtors® click here: to learn more about Preferred Listing Ads.Sponsored Content: Promote your business with a paid content article.