Border Patrol Inspector Donald Kee

Border Patrol Inspector Donald Kee

United States Department of Justice - Immigration and Naturalization Service - United States Border Patrol, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, July 23, 1954

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Donald Kee

Border Patrol Inspector Donald Kee and Pilot William Buckelew were killed in an airplane accident near Rio Grande City, Texas, while conducting flights to check farm laborers.

The plane was banking to return to a field when it suddenly plunged into a river. Inspector Kee was killed on impact and Pilot Buckelew succumbed to his injuries en route to a hospital.

Inspector Kee had been with the agency for nearly 10 years. He was survived by his wife and daughter. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Gustine, Texas.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 9 years, 11 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident
  • Location Texas

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I am sure a lot of fallen officers loved their jobs, but it would seem almost impossible to me that anyone could love it more than my dad. For him, it was the perfect job as he loved adventure and felt he was making our country a better place in which to live. His tenure of service was just 8 days shy of 10 years.

It was his first airplane ride and he was so excited. The pilot was an experienced war pilot so he felt very secure.

Hooray for my father and all the other fallen officers. May their service to their country never be forgotten.

Sheila Kee Pool

March 6, 2015

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