Homer A. McCrerey
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He was born in Hiawatha, Kansas. During 1941 he graduated from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas with a mathematics degree. Homer was commissioned at the US Naval Academy in 1942. He completed Naval Postgraduate School in 1952. For over 20 years, he advanced both the art and science of computer-aided mathematical modeling that improved global weather forecasting.
He served in the Navy during World War II as ship's engineer on USS Strive and later as a meteorologist in the Naval Weather Service. He served as commanding officer of Fleet Weather Central at several posts. He was decorated nine times during his 31-year career and received a United Nations Service Medal and a National Defense Service Medal.
During his tour with CINCPACFLT while based at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, McCrerey interacted with Mid-Pacific Ocean peer mentors to help ensure highly effective NASA Apollo Program command capsule recoveries coordinated by Pacific Recovery Forces.