Retired Navy Supply Corps officer, Cmdr. Keith Wingo, passed away Sept. 17, 2012 at the age of 88.
Graduating as a valedictorian of his class from Ballard County High School in 1941, he received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy from the First Kentucky Congressional District, and graduated with the Class of 1946.
He first served aboard USS Salt Lake City in the Pacific. His participation in Operation Crossroads and Bikini led to duty as the senior instructor in radiological safety at Treasure Island, and later as an instructor at the Army’s Chemical Corps School at Edgewood Arsenal. After duty aboard USS Valley Forge, he transferred to the Supply Corps in 1949. As a Supply officer, his assignments included serving at NAS Corpus Christi, commissioning Supply officer of USS Glendale (PF 36), and then USS Ashtabula (AO 51). NOTS China Lake and NSY Pearl duties preceded postgraduate school at Stanford, where he earned his master’s degree. He became the commissioning Supply Officer of USS Oklahoma City after duty at the Electronics Supply Office, where he helped install the Navy fist UNIVAC II computer system. His final active duty tour was in OP401 at the Pentagon.
After retiring from the Navy in 1965, he worked in the data processing/systems analysis field at Aries Corporation and Stanford Research Institute. He is survived by his wife, three sons and seven grandchildren. His remains were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.