Harrison Neal “Mac” Mccann, age 93, died Saturday, March 2, 2019, at home in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania.
The U.S. Navy veteran served in World War II, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He traveled to all seven continents and all 50 states during his 43 years in the Navy before retiring to Dillsburg to open an antique/flea market business.
His parents were Jett D. Mccann and Zelma Marguerite Harrison Mccann. Born in 1926, in Farber, Missouri, Harrison was raised on a farm outside Hardin.
At age 18, he joined the U.S. Navy to fight in the Pacific theater during World Wa. When peace was declared, he returned to Hardin to marry Opal Lee Mayden. Accompanied by her, Harrison rejoined the Navy and together, they moved 24 times during his long Navy career.
He was stationed at Olathe, Kansas; Alameda and Coronado, California; Atsugi, Japan; Seattle, Washington; Bainbridge, Maryland; multiple assignments in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Davisville, Rhode Island; McMurdo, Antarctica; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He served on board the USS Yorktown, the USS Essex, the USS Independence, the USS Forrestal and the USS John F. Kennedy.
During the Korean Conflict, he served at the same base as his brother, David. When his son, Jett, enlisted, they made Navy history as the first ever father-son team stationed in Antarctica. Everywhere Harrison was stationed he made a point of seeing all the local attractions and learning the area’s history, geography and culture. These travels took him and his family to every state in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
In Antarctica, he volunteered to assist scientists by lugging their equipment on explorations and visiting other bases, including the South Pole. From ports in Italy and Spain, he traveled throughout Europe including a visit behind the “iron curtain” to Yugoslavia. In Italy, while touring the papal summer palace, he enjoyed a spontaneous, rare private audience with the Pope.
With his sons, he was active in the Boy Scouts of America and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award. When his son, Dale became a Boy Scout executive, Harrison volunteered to help train adults. He was also an active volunteer in local church or chapel activities at every station.
Harrison is survived by his wife of 72 years, Opal Mccann; his brothers, David Mccann of Raytown and Gerald Mccann of Jamesport, Missouri; and numerous nieces and nephews in the Midwest. He is also survived by three children, Linda Wrenn of Baltimore, Maryland; retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jett C. Mccann and his wife, Linda Flavin, of Fairfax, Virginia; and Dale Mccann of Dillsburg. He has two grandsons, T. Russell Wrenn and his wife, Erin Fitzpatrick Wrenn; and Alexander Harrison Wrenn of Baltimore; three great-grandchildren, T. Ronan Wrenn, Cormac Mccann Wrenn and Cavin Corinne Wrenn, who are also in Baltimore, Maryland.
A memorial service and internment will be July 8 at Arlington National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.malpezzifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the donor’s choice of veterans’ organizations.