WWII Veteran, Tulsa University Grad Knighted By France

Sunday, August 20th 2017, 4:14 pm
By: News On 6

A World War II veteran and University of Tulsa graduate has been knighted by the French government.

Master Sergeant Calvin McKee put his college education on hold to serve in the Army.

He returned and graduated with a degree in petroleum in 1948.

Today, he was presented with France's highest award, the Medal of Chevalier.

"He was a paratrooper and played an important role in liberating many southern French cities and the eventual liberation of the country itself," said Grant Moak, honorary French consul for Oklahoma.

The interesting thing, Moak said, is of the five medals awarded this year, two have been presented to someone with Tulsa ties.