In Recognition of Mr. Lee Roy ``Tex’’ Keithby Representative Michael C. Burgess
Posted on 2015-01-13
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to posthumously honor Mr. Lee
Roy ``Tex'' Keith, who passed away December 23, 2014 at the age of 96,
leaving behind a proud legacy.
In 2010, it was my privilege to present the 26th District of Texas Congressional Veteran Commendation to Lee Roy Keith. He honorably served our nation as a Marine aviator in World War II and the Korean War. Keith began pilot training in January 1943 and was commissioned as a captain serving at El Toro, CA where he flew military combat supplies to the Pacific. His Okinawan deployment involved evacuation of casualties from Japanese beaches and reconnaissance missions following the two atomic bombings. After assignment in Hawaii, he returned stateside and was released from active duty on October 30, 1946.
[[Page E63]] Keith earned a Bachelor of Science degree, established a ranching business and joined the USMC Reserves, achieving the rank of Major. On October 22, 1951, Keith was summoned again to active duty service to our nation in the Korean conflict. Following his distinguished military career, Major Keith served as an FAA Flight Inspector from 1960 to 1975. As a token of the esteem with which he was held by his peers, he was given the distinct honor of piloting the first official commercial aircraft landing at the new Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. Upon retiring from a post-military career with the FAA, Mr. Keith served as the Veterans Service Officer for Denton County and was elected to successive terms as President of the State VSO Association. He continued to support his fellow veterans by serving in multiple American Legion Commander positions, and as the Post 71 Boys State Chairman for 35 years.
With his impressive service record and unquestionable dedication to our country, it was an honor to represent Major Lee Roy ``Tex'' Keith in the U.S. House of Representatives and I extend my condolences to his family and friends.