Marty McGuire

[12 DEC 1933 - B2 - 20174]



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[FEB 2017 NOVA Lunch]



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[JAN 2017 NOVA Lunch]



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Standing: Bill McCulla - Dave McNerney - Ed Anderson - Marty
McGuire - Rich Miller - Jimmy (Primos Owner) Sitting: Jack Doyle -
Matt Schepps - Jim Cutchin [NOVA DEC 2016 Victory Party]



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Rear: Jack Doyle - Matt Schepps - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Ed Anderson - Front: Marty McGuire - Jim Cutchin - Sandy and Dick Wargosky - Rich Miller [NOV 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Front: Ed Anderson - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Dick and Sandy Wargowsky
Rear: Dave McNerney - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Marty McGuire [SEP 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Front: Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Jack Doyle - Rear: Marty McGuire - Bill
McCulla - Carl McNair - Dave McNerney - Rich Miller [AUG 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Front: Marty McGuire Jim Cutchin - Bill McCulla - Rear: Rich
Miller - Jack Doyle - Dave McNerney [JUL 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Sitting: Ed Anderson - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps Standing: Rich Miller - Bill McCulla - Dave McNerney - Bob Carpenter - Marty McGuire [MAY 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Sitting: Ed Anderson - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Bill McCulla - Ted Gay Standing: Marty McGuire - Bob Carpenter - Norm Blahuta - Dave McNerney - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller [NOVA Lunch - MAR 2016]





Ed Anderson - Bob Carpenter - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Matt Schepps - Dick Wargowsky - Jim Cutchin - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Marty McGuire [NOVA Lunch - JAN 2016]



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Ed Anderson - Norm Blahuta - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Marty McGuire - Jack Doyle - Billy Arthur (Rich Miller left early and isn't in picture) [NOVA Lunch - NOV 2015]



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Rear: Ray Gunderson - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Joe Franklin - Rich Miller - Front: Jim Cutchin - Matt Schepps - Bob Carpenter - Marty McGuire - Jack Doyle [NOVA Lunch - OCT 2015]



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Sara Coleman - John Feagin - Marty McGuire
[60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Feagin - Secord's - Connie (daughter) and Marty McGuire - Eduardo Moreno-Cerez
(Marty's SIL) - Cardillo's - Fikaris' [60th Reunion - May 2015]



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Carl McNair - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Matt Schepps - Jim Cutchin - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Ray Gunderson - Bob Carpenter - Marty McGuire [APR 2015 NOVA Lunch]



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Bob Carpenter - Bill McCulla - Dave McNerney - Carl McNair - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Marty McGuire - Matt Schepps - Jim Cutchin - Leo Hergenroeder - Ed Anderson (behind the camera) FEB 2015 NOVA Lunch]



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Bob Carpenter - Tommy West - Marty McGuire - Rich Miller - Ted Gay - Bill McCulla - Dick Wargowsky - Jim Cutchin - Dave McNerney [JAN 2015 NOVA Lunch]



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Marty McGuire - Carpenter's - Ted Gay
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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Don Hilbert - Marty McGuire - Carpenter's - Ted Gay
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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Ted Gay and Marty McGuire
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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Ted Gay - Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - Dave McNerney - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Bill McCulla - Dan Troyan - Bob Carpenter - Tom West - Rich Miller (Photographer: Ed Anderson) [NOV 2013 NOVA Lunch]



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Ted Gay - Bill McCulla - Jack Doyle - Marty McGuire - Jim Cutchin - Dan Troyan - Leo Hergenroeder - Matt Schepps - Dave McNerney - John Hamilton - Rich Miller (Not pictured: Ed Anderson and Joe Franklin) [AUG 2013 NOVA Lunch]



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John Sloan Jr. and Marty McGuire
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Marty McGuire and Mitsuko Nakaya
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Marty McGuire and Mitsuko Nakaya
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - John Rudzki
[Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Jack Doyle - Ray Gunderson - Marty McGuire - Bob Carpenter -
Zach Hagedorn [Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Jim Ryan - Bob Deardorff - Marty McGuire - Bob
Newton [Chuck Roades Funeral - AUG 2010]



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Lucia and Carl Bossert - Marty McGuire
and Guests [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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John Feagin - Marty McGuire - Carla Hilbert - Caye Wheeler -
Marty Feagin - Dave Wheeler [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Marty McGuire - Carl McNair - John Feagin
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Deardorff and guests - Marty McGuire
and guests [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Marty McGuire
[Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Dave Wheeler - Marty McGuire and Guests -
Joe Skaff [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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West - McGuire - Russell
[ANCC - cDEC 2003]



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John Sloan - Dick Baker - Marty McGuire
[Ft. Myer - c1991]



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McGuire - Eddins' - Baker's
[1989]



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Marty McGuire and Date
[1988]



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Herren - McGuire - Roades -
Edwards - Nidever [1987]



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B-2 Firsties - 1st Row: Feagin - Shimunek - Glidden - McKelvey - Deardorff - Gersitz - 2nd Row: McGuire - Straus - Parker - Stevens - 3rd Row: Waterstrat - Calley - Cardillo - Rod Davis - 4th Row: Carpenter - Trentman - Poirier - Frear (CO)



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George Straus - Marty McGuire - Bill Streett
[Camp Buckner - 1952]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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How I got my appointment to West Point

Many connections made me aware of WP when a boy. Cousins of USMA ‘46, ‘48, and USNA ‘51, another a career Navy pilot, and one a WWII US Marine combat infantryman; also revered uncles, a USN career surgeon, a USN lawyer. And then there was my father: soon after WWI he had moved to Kobe , Japan and thence to Shanghai where he established a business, and I was born. The Japanese attack on Shanghai and the devastation of the depression were not kind, though, and we returned to the US basically penniless. But Pearl Harbor fast led to a commission in the Army Air Corps, and constant travel for me 1942-46, when I surely saw half the officers’ clubs in the CONUS. Throughout the War I followed campaigns in the Pacific obsessively, plotting each American loss and advance while knowing relatives were in the fight; the names Chennault, Stillwell, Wainwright, MacArthur, Nimitz, Halsey, etc were heroes.

Ending 8th grade in 1947 I obtained a high school scholarship to a so-called Honor Military School-Junior ROTC [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Thomas_Academy] with many alumni also USMA graduates (including GEN A. Gruenther 1918, and now LTG G. Monahan 1955). This was an old fashioned place, with emphasis on Latin, Math, Latin, Greek, Physics, Chemistry … and did I say Latin? I did OK; in fact I thrived; though penury caused me to begin paying Social Security from age 13. By my junior year 1949-50 I wanted to be an electrical or maybe a chemical engineer; I explored at least 50 college programs, and decided on WP, Caltech, and MIT.

My first letter to WP was rejected saying I was too young as I had reported 1934 as my DOB, whereas it in fact is (identical to the day to our brilliant gifted classmate John T. Hamilton’s) 12-12-1933. Once I got that straightened out, I obtained an appointment from Eugene J. McCarthy (later of anti-LBJ anti-VN fame). So I went to Ft. Sheridan , took the tests (must have seen many of you all there) and despite a heart murmur and asthma, was told in March 1951 that I had passed. By this time I also had scholarship offers from Caltech and MIT. So there I was, paralyzed between these three possibilities --- until April 19, 1951 --- the date of Gen. MacArthur’s “Old Soldier’s Never Die” speech before a joint session of Congress. I saw this address on TV live. My emotionalism, boyish romanticism, naïveté were totally enraptured by that speech [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/macarthur/filmmore/reference/primary/macspeech05.html], and I made an on-the-spot decision to go to WP (but with the offers from Caltech and MIT in my pocket, just in case USMA did not work out for me).

So late June 1951, I boarded a train from St. Paul for NYC’s Grand Central Station/Hotel. First day in the City I walked out onto the street and came upon a clutch of onlookers and a man lying on the sidewalk in a pool of blood having been shot in the head. Police explained this was a gangster killing --- aah my first trip to NY. Still I managed to find the bus terminal and, together with my pocketed alternative college offers, travel those final few miles to WP. My first sight there, other than a scowling Firstie, was a platoon formation of decent looking civilian boys on the roadway next to Grant Hall leading into South Area. The Firstie explained these were turnouts from the football team found on honor (“so they really meant that honor stuff” I thought to myself).

In truth, this New Cadet in Beast Barracks 6th NC Company was not a happy camper. I remember thinking during our initiation to bayonet training: “Is this really necessary for an engineering degree?” But I loved the Hell Cats, who gave me the daily illusion that this day would be better than yesterday, the social egalitarianism within the Corps, and especially the elevation in my monetary/physical standard of living. In July, 1951, I received a letter from Caltech demanding a decision. I wrote back my withdrawal; this was easy since Caltech had offered no room and board, only free tuition. But in the final days of Beast Barracks, I received letters from MIT fraternities rushing me to pledge; turning this down was hard since MIT offered room and board as well as tuition.

So why did I write that letter to MIT? Was it simple masochism? Gen. MacArthur? The Hell Cats? Relief at having survived Beast Barracks? Maybe I just wanted that USCC serial number. It was a decision I never regretted, the opportunity cost of those other offers would be made up later in graduate school, but the connection to the Long Gray Line, USMA-1955 and a lifetime of treasured friends, and our country’s history was unique and deeply valued. Soon after writing to MIT, I was summoned to form up with a group in Central Area to be shouted at in a foreign language by an officer I did not know. That evening, now an ordained Plebe, I figured it out; this was the way they taught Russian at West Point.

Marty McGuire
16 AUG 2010


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