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By James Neal
Enid News & Eagle 

Retired Oklahoma sailor remembers career that spanned 3 wars


HUNTER, Okla. (AP) — Only about 7% of adults in the United States have served in the military, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center study, and only a fraction of those have served in combat.

Few Americans, then, can share the experience of Virgil Wayne McCray, 93, of Hunter, whose service in the Navy includes combat in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

McCray's service record reads like a catalog of the Navy's major campaigns of the 20th century, including names like Okinawa, Enewetok, Inchon, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Tet Offensive.

Born in 1926 in Grainola, in Osage County, McC...

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