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Fort Myer in Arlington County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John C. McKinney Memorial Stables

 
 
John C. McKinney Memorial Stables Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
1. John C. McKinney Memorial Stables Marker
Inscription.
Named in honor of CW4 John C. McKinney
Caisson Platoon Leader
3d U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard)
June 1959 to May 1974

 
Erected by United States Army.
 
Location. 38° 52.994′ N, 77° 4.993′ W. Marker is in Fort Myer, Virginia, in Arlington County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Sheridan Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Jackson Avenue. Touch for map. Access is restricted due to Fort Myer being an active military installation. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Myer VA 22211, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Myer Historic District (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); 12th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (about 500 feet away); The Commander in Chief's Oak (about 500 feet away); First Flight of an Airplane on a U.S. Army Installation (about 600 feet away); Famous Firsts in Aeronautics at Fort Myer (about 600 feet away); Thomas Etholen Selfridge (about 600 feet away); Centennial of Military Aviation (about 600 feet away); Fort Whipple (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Myer.
 
Regarding John C. McKinney Memorial Stables.
Caisson Platoon Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
2. Caisson Platoon Marker
Chief Warrant Officer 4 John C. McKinney may have been the last of the Army's career horse soldiers. He died at age 68, of cancer, on Oct. 27, 1987 at his home in Columbus, N.C.

Except for about 18 months after World War II, Mr. McKinney served in the Army from 1939 to 1974. For 29 of those years, despite the proliferation of planes and tanks and electronics of incredible sophistication, he was with horses and mules.
 
Also see . . .  Black Jack: America's Famous Riderless Horse. This book, written and published by Robert Knuckle in 2002, mentions CW4 McKinney in several places. On one page, McKinney is dressed as George Washington. (Submitted on October 9, 2008.) 
 
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John C. McKinney Memorial Stables image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
3. John C. McKinney Memorial Stables
McKinney Memorial Stables Black Jack Museum Room image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
4. McKinney Memorial Stables Black Jack Museum Room
Black Jack was the caparisoned, and riderless, horse in Presidents John F. Kennedy's and Lyndon B. Johnson's funeral processions.
Former Hitching Posts Used for Floor of Black Jack Museum Room image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
5. Former Hitching Posts Used for Floor of Black Jack Museum Room
Horses at McKinney Memorial Stables image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., 2005
6. Horses at McKinney Memorial Stables
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,056 times since then and 356 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 8, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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