Carl McNair

[22 SEP 1933 - E1 - 20368]

2011 USMA Distinguished Graduate

2011 Distinguished Graduate Gathering



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Rear: Jack Doyle - Mary Ann Miller - Lori Miller - Rich Miller - Dick Fontaine - Front: Matt Schepps - Bill McCulla - Jim Cutchin - Norm Blahuta - Carl McNair [JUL 2017 NOVA Lunch]



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[FEB 2017 NOVA Lunch]



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[JAN 2017 NOVA Lunch]



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Don Hilbert and Carl McNair
[2016 Army-Navy Game]



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Lynn Lang and Carl McNair
[2016 Army-Navy Game]



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Carl McNair
[2016 Army-Navy Game]



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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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Cynthia McNair Woods (daughter) - Carl McNair - Courtland Colantonio
(granddaughter) - Cooper Colantonio (great grandson) [AUG 2016]



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Marc Gunnels - ’77 - USMA AOG Major Giving Officer presenting the Omar N. Bradley Society Medal awarded to those contributors of over $500 - 000 to the West Point Fund to Carl McNair [JUN 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Front: Ted Gay - Joe Franklin - Rich Miller - Jim Cutchin - Rear: Ed Anderson - Bill McCulla - Dave McNerney - Matt Schepps - Jack Doyle - Carl McNair [JUN 2016 NOVA Lunch]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair presenting the blood-stained colors of the 145th Aviation Bn that he brought back from Vietnam to LTC Hodgson - 1st Bn - 145th Aviation Regiment CO [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair at Ft. Rucker [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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[Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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[Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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[Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair addressing two Graduating Classes [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair and LTC Hodgson [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair presenting the blood-stained colors of the 145th Aviation Bn that he brought back from Vietnam to LTC Hodgson - 1st Bn - 145th Aviation Regiment CO [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl McNair presenting the blood-stained colors of the 145th Aviation Bn that he brought back from Vietnam to LTC Hodgson - 1st Bn - 145th Aviation Regiment CO [Army Aviator Flight School Class (56-2) 60th Reunion at Ft. Rucker - MAR 2016]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair and entertainers at Valentine's
day party for Jo Ann [FEB 2016]



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Carl McNair - Bill McCulla - Rich Miller - Matt Schepps - Pauline Hergenroeder - Betty Schepps - Lorna Malooley [Leo Hergenroeder Funeral - JAN 2016]



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Carl McNair and party
{Navy Game - DEC 2015]



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Carl McNair and party
{Navy Game - DEC 2015]



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Carl McNair receiving the George Washington Chapter - AUSA - Commander in Chief Award at the Army Navy Country Club on 19 NOV 2015. The award is presented annually to a distinguished american who is a dedicated leader and proponent of AUSA objectives.



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Carl McNair 60th Reunion Memento
[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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Carl McNair Honored as a Living Legend of Aviation





Induction Video: Major General Carl McNair

KTLA5 TV Report



John Travolta - the "Official Ambassador of Aviation ® - " hosted the prestigious "Living Legends of Aviation Awards - " at the Beverly Hilton ballroom on January 16 - 2015. The 12th Annual Awards saluted Bob Hoover and his 93rd birthday - along with special guests attending to honor this Charter "Living Legend of Aviation."

The three new inductees are Bruce Whitman - chairman and CEO of FlightSafety; Herb Kelleher - founder of Southwest Airlines; and Major General Carl McNair - retired Army and considered the Father of modern Army Aviation.

About Living Legends of Aviation

Considered the most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation - the Living Legends of Aviation Awards recognizes significant contributions and achievements during aviation's second hundred years.

12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Friday - January 16 - 2015
Beverly Hilton Ballroom - Beverly Hills - CA
6:00pm Red Carpet & Cocktails
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Awards


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Carl's Report

I was in Beverly Hills this past weekend for induction as a "Living Legend of Aviation" at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - walked the Red Carpet and all - in the same lane where the Golden Globes were presented the week before. Three of us from the Aviation community were inducted on Friday evening; Herb Kelleher - Founder of Southwest Airlines; Bruce Whitman - President - CEO - Chairman and Founder of Flight Safety International; and myself. All of the Directors of our company - Air Methods Corporation - the largest publicly owned helicopter company in the world - where I have served on the Board for 19 years - were present along with many other guests. Our three tables were next to the three tables of Elling Halvorson - founder and CEO of Papillon Helicopters in Las Vegas - and his executives and family. Papillon is a major competitor in Las Vegas of our subsidiary - Sun Dance - for the tourist flights into the Grand Canyon from McCarran. Was nice to get to meet Elling and his team and I imagine there may have been something on the Las Vegas news about Elling receiving his Vertical Flight Hall of Fame Award.

There are only three West Pointers among the Living Legends today - Buzz Aldrin - '51 - Frank Borman. '50 - and myself - so am very proud and humbled indeed to have been elected to such an elite body - and believe I am perhaps the first Army Aviator - since most of the astronauts among the Legends were Air Force - Navy - Marine Corps or civilian test pilots. Army Aviators cannot serve as pilots in NASA on the Shuttle or other missions - since NASA requires thousands of hours of "jet" high performance aircraft time. Thus - our Army Astronauts - many of whom I trained at Fort Rucker - are all mission specialists on the space missions. I was honored to have John Travolta - "The Official Ambassador of Aviation" - hang the medal around my neck and after my remarks to the hundreds in the audience - to have Harrison Ford come backstage from the audience to congratulate me since I had mentioned being a Beaver pilot in the MAAG in China shortly after flight school and flew over a thousand hours island hopping in the Pacific during the Taiwan Straits Crisis of 1958. Harrison Ford has a Beaver among his four aircraft and it is his favorite.

I was surprised to learn how many of the Celebrities own one to five aircraft. John Travolta has four - including a Boeing 707 and a Gulfstream - and he has a home on a private runway in Ocala - FL - where her parks the 707 in his back yard with direct access from his house to the airliner steps. Tom Cruise has three aircraft including two Business jets and a P-51 Mustang for fun - Morgan Freeman also has three Corporate Jets and is certified in all - Angelina Jolie has an SR-22. Quite a group to talk with - and they are very enthused about aviation. It was a real treat to join them. However the best part of the evening was the opportunity to speak on behalf of our Defense forces and the role that the US Army and other services play in security around the globe. The response was very surprising as the audience sat in near silence as I related our experiences in Vietnam - Iraq - Afghanistan and even more recently the Ebola Crisis in Africa which was also supported by Army Aviation and US Forces. I was especially proud to receive two standing ovations - beginning and end - which showed that the people of Hollywood and the industrialists from around the nation still have their patriotic blood.

Army Strong - Faithfully -

CARL


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Carl McNair [2014 Outstanding USAWC
Alumni Honoree - DEC 2014]



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Carl McNair and Billy Arthur
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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McNair's and Billy Arthur
[DC Party - DEC 2014]



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Carl McNair
[Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime
Achievement Award Recipient - JUN 2014]



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Carl McNair Book Signing
[JUN 2014]



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Carl McNair and granddaughter
[Navy Game - DEC 2013]



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Bill McWilliams - Carl McNair - Tom Sims
[Las Vegas - NOV 2013]



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Tom Jr. - Carrie - Liz - McNair's
[Liz Mullan's 80th - SEP 2013]



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Carl McNair [South Dakota State Veterans
Memorial Park Dedication - AUG 2013]



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Marion Tour: Robinson son - Robinson - Andrews' - McNair - Hilbert's - Robinson daughter - Johnson - Anderson [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Marion Military Institute Magazine Picture
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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? - Carl McNair - Dick Prater
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carl McNair and Billie Darrah
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carl McNair and Ed Trobaugh
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Tommy West - Mary Andrews - Carl McNair -
Dickson's [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carl McNair and Bob Strati
[Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Roy Dunaway - Jim Ryan - Don Andrews - Carl McNair -
Bernadette Dugan [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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McNair - Dugan - Giza - Prater - Malone - Stone -
Robinson - West - Ryan [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dugan's - Jim Ryan - Buddy Roberts - Carl McNair - Jeanne
Drummond - Bob Strati [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Dugan's - Strati's - Jeanne Drummond - Carl
McNair [Birmingham Mini - APR 2013]



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Carl McNair - Leo Hergenroeder - Ed Anderson - Jim Cutchin - Bob Carpenter - Jack Doyle - Rich Miller - Dan Troyan - Bill McCulla - Matt Schepps - Ted Gay [Alexandria VA Lunch - FEB 2013]



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Carl McNair - Mason and Hinsdale Meredith (Dean's grandchildren)
[Dean Longbottom Funeral @ Arlington - JAN 2013]



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John Sloan - Carl McNair - Bill Harris - Mary Longbottom - Marie Spara (Arlington Lady) - Tommy West [Dean Longbottom Funeral @ Arlington - JAN 2013]



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Rich Miller - Jack Doyle - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Ted Gay - Bob Carpenter - Ray Gunderson - Carl McNair - Tommy West - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Matt Schepps - (Photographer: Dan Troyan) [D.C. Metro Luncheon - JAN 2013]



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Carl McNair - Tommy West - Ed Anderson - Dave McNerney - Bill McCulla - Matt Schepps - Rich Miller - Jack Doyle - Leo Hergenroeder - Jim Cutchin - Ted Gay - Bob Carpenter - Ray Gunderson - (Photographer: Dan Troyan) [D.C. Metro Luncheon - JAN 2013]



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Terry Tucker - Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Billy the Goat -
Myrna Williamson [Army-Navy Country Club - DEC 2012]



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Jo Ann McNair - Ed Nidever - Jane Burns
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Mary and Don Andrews - Myrna Williamson
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Mary and Don Andrews - Tommy West - Myrna Williamson -
Dan and Anne Malone - Jane Merryman [DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Malone's - McNair - Arthur
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Carl McNair and Donna Ludwig
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2012]



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Jo Ann McNair
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Carl McNair
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Linda Newton and Carl McNair
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Zach Hagedorn - Ted Gay - Carl McNair
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Joan and Bill McCulla
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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McCulla's - Marcia Cathey - Jo Ann McNair - Linda
Newton - Jim Ryan [Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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McNair's - Cutchin - Marcia Cathey
[Bob Newton Farewell - SEP 2012]



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Soldier turns sailor on his 79th birthday sailing the Chesapeake with his youngest granddaughter aboard a 49 foot sailboat from Annapolis harbor after enjoying lunch in the shadow of the Naval Academy [SEP 2012]



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Carl McNair - Charlie Johnson - Pat Strati
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Jim Cutchin - Ray Gunderson - Ed Anderson -
Carl McNair [DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Billy Arthur and Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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Jo Ann McNair and Jane Merryman
[DC Party - DEC 2011]



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McNerney - Russell - Ludwig - Hergenroeder - Ryan - Hilbert - McNair - Doyle - Gay - Cutchin - McCulla [NOVA - JUL 2011]



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Carl McNair - Mike Brown - Ted Gay
['55 VAMD Brunch @ Ft Belvoir OC - JUN 2011]



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Rear: Mary Carolyn Gay - Carl McNair - Louise and Mike Brown - Ted Gay - Front: Sylvia Naswell - Jo Ann McNair - Myrna Williamson ['55 VAMD Brunch @ Ft Belvoir OC - JUN 2011]



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Carl McNair and 2011 Distinguished Grads
[DG Mini - MAY 2011]

More 2011 DG Mini Pictures



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Standing: Major Tom Tolman '01 - Carl McNair - Father (Captain) John Baptist Gabriel - Don Hilbert - Sitting: Sylvia Naswell - Jo Ann McNair - BG Myrna Williamson - Carla Hilbert [DC FDD - MAR 2011]



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Jane Burns - Jo Ann and Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2010]



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Jo Ann and Carl McNair - Jane Merryman
[DC Party - DEC 2010]



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Jim Ryan - Myrna Williamson - Ted Gay
[DC Party - DEC 2010]



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Ed Nidever and Jane Burns - Jo Ann McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2010]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Rod Vitty
[AUSA Meeting - NOV 2010]



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McNair's and Vitty's
[AUSA Meeting - NOV 2010]



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Carl McNair - Ted Gay - Phil Enslow
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Pat Strati - Libby Munroe - McNair's
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Rich Cardillo - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Ted Gay - Phil Enslow
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Trobaugh and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Dick Wargowsky - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Don Hilbert - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson - Carl McNair - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Dan Ludwig - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Jack Campbell - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Strati - Carl McNair - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair and Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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E-1: McNair's and Sylvia Naswell - Strati's - Coleman's - Myrna
Williamson - Linda Souza [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Dick Gottron - Marcia Cathey - Jo Ann McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Lani Dado (Joe's
daughter) [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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



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Jo Ann McNair - Myrna Williamson - Jan Kennebeck - Carl
McNair - George Kennebeck [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Trobaugh and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Strati - Carl McNair - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair and Dan Ludwig
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair and Jack Campbell
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Rod Vitty and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jo Ann McNair and Buddy Roberts
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Myrna Williamson - Ted and Mary Carolyn Gay
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Myrna Williamson and Ted Gay
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Myra Williamson
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Myra Williamson and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Libby Munroe - Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Strati - Carl McNair - Rod Vitty
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Sylvia Naswell -
Bob Strati [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair - Rod Vity
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Phil Enslow - Father Oscar - Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Strati and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Ed Trobaugh and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Jim Ryan and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Bob Strati - Carl McNair - Dick Wargowsky -
Rod Vitty [55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Charlie Johnson and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Carl McNair and Phil Enslow
[Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Carl McNair
[Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Phil Enslow - Tommy West - Dick Regnier - Carl McNair -
John Feagin [Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Carl McNair and Tennis Coach
[Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Tennis Coach - Carl McNair
[Tennis Center - 55th Reunion]



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Rod Vitty and Carl McNair
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Paul Parks - Carl McNair - John Gamble
[55th Reunion - May 2010]



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Standing: Cadet Tom Mangan '10 - Don Hilbert - Carl McNair - Ted Gay - Ed Nidever - Sitting: Terry Tucker - Carla Hilbert - Jo Ann McNair - Mary Carolyn Gay - Jane Burns [Washington DC FDD - MAR 2010]



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McNair's and Jane Merryman
[DC Party - DEC 2009]



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Myrna Williamson - McNair's - Jane Merryman
[DC Party - DEC 2009]



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Myrna Williamson and Dan Malone
[DC Party - DEC 2009]



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Ted Gay - Ed Anderson - Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2009]



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Carla and Don Hilbert - McNair - Russell - McCulla
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Jim Ryan and Carl McNair
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Carl McNair and Emily Karam
[Ray Karam Funeral - DEC 2009]



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Carl McNair
[Bill Welter Funeral - MAR 2009]



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Moses - Feagin - Don and Mary Andrews - Gay - McNair -
Pat Ryan [Bill Welter Funeral - MAR 2009]



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Ted Gay - Carl McNair - Pat Ryan
[Bill Welter Funeral - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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McNair - Betty Schepps - Linda Newton - Roades -
Strati [Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair - Greta Masson - Norm Blahuta
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair and Ray Karam
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Ed Nidever - Carl McNair - Chuck Roades
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Strati - McNair - Wargowsky - Blahuta
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Carla Hilbert and Carl McNair
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Don Hilbert - Sherry Welter - Ruth Sloan - Carl McNair
[Bill Welter Funeral - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair - Norm Blahuta - Ed Nidever
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Chuck Roades - Bob Strati - Carl McNair
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Carl McNair
[Scribe to CO Party - MAR 2009]



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Standing: Gay - McNair - Vitori - Hilbert - Sitting: Jane Merryman - Myrna Williamson - Mary Priscilla Gay - Jo Ann McNair - Starla Vitori - Carla Hilbert [Washington DC FDD - MAR 2009]



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Don Hilbert - Gay - Jim Ryan - Cardillo - Charlie Johnson - Ludwig -
Roades - McNair (Photo by Welter) [EXCOM - FEB 2009]



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Jim Ryan - Matt Schepps - Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Myrna Williamson
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Bud Goldstein - Ted Gay - Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2008]



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Rear: Nidever - McNair - McAuslan x55 - Front: Troyan - West -
Deardorff - Roades - Russell [Army / Navy Party - 2008]



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Carl McNair and Dan Dugan
[NOV 2008]



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Chuck Roades - Tommy West - Carl McNair
[Ted Bishop Funeral - OCT 2008]



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West - Blahuta - McNair - Roades
[Ted Bishop Funeral - OCT 2008]



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Gay - Strati - Jim Ryan - Hilbert - McNair - Wargowsky - Charlie
Johnson - Ludwig - Cardillo - Roades [EXCOM - JUL 2008]



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Carl McNair and Buddy Roberts
[Fort Rucker - JUL 2008]



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Carl McNair
[Austin Mini - APR 2008]



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Standing: MAJ Patrick Bulger - Gay - Strati - Hilbert - McNair - Jim Ryan - Cutchin - Schepps - Wargowsky - Sitting: Cynthia McNair Wood - Courtney McNair Bulger - Mary Priscilla Gay - Pat Strati - Carla Hilbert - Jo Ann McNair - Myrna Williamson - Nancy Cutchin - Betty Schepps - Sandy Wargowsky - Jane Merryman

[Castle Memorial Award was presented to Carl McNair - MAR 2008 Washington DC FDD]



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Carl McNair and George Page
[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Jo Ann and Carl McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Jane Burns - Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Rear: Deardorff - Page - Malone - Ryan - Nidever - Gay - Goldstein - Middle: Anne Malone - McNair - Russell - Front: Jo Ann McNair - Dorothy Goldstein - Mary Monahan [DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Rear: Hilbert - Troyan - Deardorff - Page - Malone - Ryan - Nidever - Gay - Middle: Carpenter - Peg Robinson - Anne Malone - McNair - Front: Pat Strati - Ruth Sloan - Joan McCulla - Jo Ann McNair [DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Rear: Deardorff - Page - Malone - Nidever - Jim Ryan - Gay - Marcia Cathey - Goldstein - Middle: Anne Malone - McNair - Russell - Ed Anderson - Front: Jo Ann McNair - Dorothy Goldstein - Mary Monahan - Greta Masson - Donna Ludwig [DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Rear: Blahuta - Myrna Williamson - Strati - Hilbert - Troyan - Deardorff - Page - Middle: West - Barb Blahuta - Carla Hilbert - Carpenter - Peg Robinson - Anne Malone - Front: Elaine West - Marly Carpenter - Pat Strati - Ruth Sloan - Joan McCulla - Jo Ann McNair [DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Carl McNair and Tommy West
[DC Party - DEC 2007]



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Regnier - Fikaris - Bates - Lynn - Vitty - McNair - Dave Young - Hilbert - C. Johnson - Pemberton ? - Enslow - Wargowsky - Gallup - Hornbarger - Jim Ryan - Ludwig - Cardillo - Feagin - Robinson [DG Mini - May 2007]



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Greta Masson - Auer - C. Johnson - McNair
[DG Mini - May 2007]



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Connie and Joe Franklin - Carl McNair
[DG Mini - May 2007]



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Pres. George W. Bush with MG Carl H. McNair - Jr.
[MAY 2007]



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Jo Ann and Carl McNair
[MAR 2007]



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J. Ryan - McNair - C. Johnson - Hilbert - Gay - Ludwig - Cutchin - Streett - Strati - Roades (Photographer - Welter) [FEB 2007 EXCOM]



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Jo Ann McNair and Bob Strati
[DEC 2006]



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Carl McNair
[DEC 2006]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[DEC 2006]



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Last salute from McNair
[Al Bundren Funeral - DEC 2006]



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Street - C. Johnson - Roades - J. Ryan - Donna Ludwig - Lo Dienst - McNair - Ellen Schick - Cardillo - West - Dienst - Ludwig - Strati [DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Wheeler - McNair - Ludwig
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Carl McNair and Charlie Johnson
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Stan Johnson - McNair - Lichtenberg - Ginter -
Weden - Olvey [DG Mini - MAY 2006]



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Dienst - Strati - Cardillo - Street - McNair
[MAY 2006 EXCOM]



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Jim Ryan - Roades - Dienst - C. Johnson - Streett - Ludwig -
McNair - Strati - Cardillo - Welter [MAY 2006 EXCOM]



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Bergen - Myrna Williamson - McNair's -
Hilbert's - Shaud '56 [MAR 2006]



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Welter - Cardillo - C. Johnson - Streett - McNair -
Ludwig - Roades [JAN 2006 EXCOM]



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McNair and Joe Franklin
[DEC 2005]



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McNair and Hilbert at Armed Forces
Retirement Home [DEC 2005]



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C. Johnson - Cardillo - Ludwig - Roades - Welter -
McNair - Streett [JUL 2005 EXCOM]



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[50th Reunion Bio]



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Carl McNair
[50th Reunion]



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Carl McNair - Betty and Wayne Polly
[50th Reunion]



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Sitting: Shirley and Jim Brokenshire - Lynn and Bob Lang - Standing: Jerry Crancer - Ed and Pam Trobaugh - Dorothy Crancer - Ruth Horst - Carl McNair - Tom Horst - Kathleen Olvey [50th Reunion]



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Jo Ann McNair - Bernadette and Dan Dugan -
John Lapham [50th Reunion]



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Bob Hinrichs - Carl McNair - Helga Hinrichs
[50th Reunion]



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Al Coleman - Myrna Williamson - Carl
and Jo Ann McNair [50th Reunion]



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Auger - Father Oscar - Joe Franklin - McNair
[50th Reunion]



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Jo Ann McNair - Bob and Pat Strati - Don and Carla Hilbert - Betty and Matt Schepps - Sandy and Dick Wargowsky - Ed Nidever - Elaine Black - Jack McAuslan x55 (missing from photo: Ted and Mary Carolyn Gay - Bob and Linda Newton - Jim and Nancy Cutchin - Jim Bergen - Carl McNair) [FDD - MAR 2005]



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Jo Ann and Carl McNair
[MAR 2005 Founders Day]



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Jo Ann McNair - Carla and Don Hilbert -
Bob Newton [MAR 2005 Founders Day]



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Jo Ann McNair and Blahuta's
[FEB 2005]



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Pew 1: Nancy and Jim Cutchin - Betty and Matt Schepps - Pew 2: McNerney - Roades - Pew 3: Goldstein - Gay - McNair - Pew 4: Russell - McCulla - Pew 5: Bergen [John Hardy Funeral - JAN 2005]



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Pew 2: McNerney - Pew 3: Goldstein - Gay - McNair - Pew 4: Russell - McCulla - Pew 5: Ewing - Bergen - Pew6: Rich Miller [John Hardy Funeral - JAN 2005]



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Russell - Ewing - McCulla- Sloan - Rich Miller - Bergen -
McNair [John Hardy Funeral - JAN 2005]



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General Myrna Williamson and Jo Ann McNair
[DEC 2004]



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Strati - Dugan - Neubeck (USNA '55) - McNair - Nordlie -
Norm Smith [E-1 at Roland Nordlie's Home 2003]



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E1: Carl and Jo Ann McNair - Jane Merriman (guest) - Bob and Pat Strati - Norm Blahuta - Ed and Carol Nidever [DC Party - DEC 2003]



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Carl McNair - Tommy West
[APR 2003 Florida Mini]



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Singer's and McNair's
[DEC 2001]



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Starla Vitori - McNair - Roades - Vitori
[c2001]



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McNair - Dugan - Singer - Arthur - Blahuta -
Cathey - Strati [E-1: NOV 2000]



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Enslow - Spaulding - Bundren - McNair - Wray
[45th Reunion - SEP 2000]



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Ludwig - Joe Franklin - McNair -
Newton - Karam [2000]



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Rollie Nordlie - Carl McNair - ? - Jack Viney - Bob Johnson - Dave Maurer - John Hotchkiss ['55 West Point Society President's Conference - West Point - 1994]



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Welter - Newton - Karam - McNair -
Masson - Bill Anderson - Wray [1999]



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Courtney and Carl McNair
[Victoria Falls - c1994]



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McNair - Jill Wiegand - Nordlie - Maurer - Hotchkiss' -
Bob Johnson - Viney's [MAY 1994]



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Dugan - Blahuta - Cathey - McNair - Strati
[APR 1993]



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Carl McNair and ?
[c1993]



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Giddings - Devereaux - McNair -
Bill Anderson - Wilson [c1993]



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Carl McNair - Carl Cathey - Sam Gemar '79
[c1992]



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Jo Ann McNair and Dan Dugan
[c1992]



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Carl McNair and Rollie Nordlie
[OCT 1991]



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Carl Cathey - Strati's - Jo Ann McNair
[SEP 1991]



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Dan Malone and Jo Ann McNair
[SEP 1991]



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Jo Ann McNair - Wargowsky's - Marcia Cathey
[FDD MAR 1991]



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Nidever - Newton's - Wargowsky's - McNair's -
Cathey's - Goldstein's [FDD MAR 1991]



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Navy friend - Lo Dienst - McNair - Lynn
Lang [Army - Navy: DEC 1990]



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McNair - Wiegand - Dunaway
[1990]



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McNair - Jill and Bob Wiegand
[1990]



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Carl McNair and George Page
[1989]



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? - McNair
[1989]



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Ed Anderson - Marcia Cathey -
Vicki Roades - McNair [1989]



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Jim Ryan and Carl McNair
[1988]



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McNair - Don Smith and Date
[1988]



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Dick Masson - Carl McNair - Carl Cathey -
Bud and Dotty Goldstein [1988]



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Carl McNair
[TRADOC - 1987]



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Marjorie Nidever - Jo Ann McNair - ?
[1986]



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Carl and Jo Ann McNair
[Receiving the French National Order of Merit - 1986]



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Carl McNair retires Dave McNerney
[1985]



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[15th Reunion - 1970]

Row 8: Auer - McNair - Street - Wix - Row 7: Horst - Paul Parks - ? - Dugan - Grubbs - Domeck - Bliss - Row 6: Howie Stone - Newton - Booras - Strom - McDonald - Row 5: Fikaris - Schick - Gallup - Cardillo - Wheeler - Masson - Row 4: Katenbrink - Spellman - Joseph - ? - Schlotter - Row 3: Bergen - Fralen - ? - Andrews - Dunaway - Bob Johnson - Jim Ryan - Row 2: Bean - Strati - Soper - Jeter - Wiegand - Lenio - Price - Row 1: Prater - Thorsen - Meisenheimer - Reid - Zaborowski - Feagin - Joe Franklin

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[10th Reunion - 1965]

Standing [L to R]: Weaver - Lewis - Turner - Chikalla - Gallup - O'Brien - Freed - Hadly - Wix - ? - Streett - ? - Reb Young - Quinn - Lenio - ? - Perkins - Thorsen - ? - Nieves - Sherman - Burroughs - Giza - Traut - Sloan - Gay - Paul Parks - Andrews - Ginter - Bates - McNair - ? - Lichtenberg - Nidever - Secord - Feagin - Cathey - Herren - ? - ? - Ludwig - ? - ? - ? - Ralls - ? - Shimunek - Macdonald - ? - ? - ? - ? - ? - Bob Strickland - Front [L to R]: Soper - Newton - Dax - Chance - Schmidt - Shideler - Bergen - Matteson - Hargrove - Hornbarger - Steakley - Stevens - Drummond - Rudzki - Knierem - Wargowsky - ? - Stern - ? - ? - Livesay - Dickson - Michalove - Hagan - Landers - ? - Blitch - ? - Cardillo - Ordway - Trobaugh - Crancer - Maus - LaFrenz - Sydenham - Strom - ? - Howie Stone - Schepps - Raymond - Spellman - Sanderson ? - Wray - Fikaris - Stevenson - Sims - ?

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E-1 Firsties - 1st Row: Nidever - Olive - McNair - Lapham (CO) - Nordlie - Cathey - Keegan - 2nd Row: Dugan - Burrus - Norm Smith - 3rd Row: Daly - Strati - Muller - 4th Row: Blahuta - Arthur - 5th Row: Ralls - Hinrichs - Richie Johnson - Singer - Coleman



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E-1 Plebes - 1st Row: D. Macdonald - Leaver - Dugan - Daly - Schriefer - Burrus - 2/3 Row: Blahuta - Coleman - Hinrichs - Singer - Strati - 4/5 Row: Nordlie - R. Johnson - Wuerz - N. Smith - Kirk - 6/7 Row: McNair - Olive - Keegan - Ralls - Lapham - Cathey - Muller - Nidever



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Carl McNair
[c1942]



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2012 AOG Online Register Entry

Register Glossary



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How I got my appointment to West Point

DATELINE - PENSACOLA, FLORIDA - MARCH 1949, WHERE MY WEST POINT JOURNEY ALL BEGAN: While a junior in high school, I was President of our local Key Club and took a class trip to Washington, DC, for a National Key Club Convention, then see all the sights I had only dreamed about. A high priority on that visit was the US Capitol and the traditional visit to our Congressman's office, Rep Bob Sikes, lst District, Florida. We obtained our Congressional Gallery passes for the House from the Congressman's office and on the way out the door, saw and picked up a couple of brochures with impressive military covers. One was for the US Naval Academy and one for the US Military Academy. They were not quite the fancy Admissions Books we see today, these were in black and white and not even "on-line". Later that summer, one of my father's friends there in our home-town of Pensacola, Florida, "The Annapolis of the Air," suggested that I consider the Naval Academy and Dad asked me if I had thought about it. I told him I had read the admissions information brought from Washington and did enjoy watching the training aircraft overhead as they roared over our home, plus the float planes often landed on the water in the bay amidst the many vessels - EXCITING. Our Key Club even went out for a one day cruise in the Gulf to observe flight training carrier qualifications on the local aircraft carrier, USS Lexington "The Lady Lex" as it was called. Officers' cabins were nice, galley was superb, white table cloths and silver - as well as sheets on the bunk. "I was smitten" by the opportunity to take to the air - plus many of our attractive females in town seemed to take a fancy for the Midshipmen's whites at Sunday church services.

So, when Congressman Sikes offered to place my name in nomination for the US Naval Academy Class of 1954, I decided to "go for it." Until then, I was well prepared academically, having taken a double load in high school to get all the advanced courses, chemistry, biology, Latin, as well as the fundamentals of physics, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry, etc. in preparation for attendance at Emory University Pre-med and followed by Emory Medical School. Physically, my dad had insured that I belong and attend classes at the local YMCA for overall conditioning, but not necessarily with a military option in the equation. However my father had served in the Army between the wars, speaking often about what rank he might have achieved had he served on into WWII; however he turned down his offer of promotion and elected discharge to return home and marry my mother. I often reflected that had he stayed in the military, I might never have been born. So, the Army lost a good soldier in the 20's and got me in the 50's. Therefore, when the ANNAPOLIS appointment came, I proceeded with the preadmission physical at the Pensacola Naval Air Station Hospital. All systems were go, I completed the forms and mailed them off to the Academy, prepared for entry upon high school graduation in June 1950. Unfortunately, Plan B changed rapidly back to Plan A when a rejection letter arrived a couple of weeks later stating that formal review of my application concluded I was qualified academically, physically, mentally, and motivationally; unfortunately, I was STILL TOO YOUNG. Seems I would not be 17 years of age until three months after admission and would only be 20 years upon graduation in June 1954. The law required that a Regular Naval Officer must be 21 years of age upon the date of commissioning, and I would be almost four months shy. In other words, please reapply next year.

Since the Congressman's announcement had already been in the local papers and folks had congratulated me on my decision to follow in the paths of my many male relatives who had fought WWII from ships at sea, not the beaches of Normandy, the die had been cast and my expectations remained high. Emory University now offered me an academic tuition scholarship as I prepared for pre-med, and maybe Annapolis the next year. No sooner was the ink dry on those papers than I received a letter from Congressman Sikes stating that he regretted to inform me that he had committed his Annapolis Class of 1955 appointment for the next year to another student. BUT, he was prepared to offer me the 1st Alternate Appointment to West Point if I had an interest. The sun seemed to be setting deeper on my military options, so I proceeded with my first quarter at Emory, doing well in my class of 300 students, served as class officer, ran cross county, played soccer and enjoyed membership in the popular SAE fraternity, the best on frat row. Emory was good for me as I then turned 17 and settled in more yet, drama club, our Church youth group, a service related service fraternity of former Boy Scouts, and even began to date some of the young ladies from the Agnes Scott campus nearby.

Then, as happens often in Washington, another letter came. The principal appointee for West Point from my district of Florida, a good friend of mine who was one of the finest athletes in Pensacola High School, an outstanding football player, all state end, and star center in basketball, had declined the Principal appointment for West Point, accepting instead a full scholarship to the University of Florida, although not yet the powerhouse it is today, they were a formidable team which would prepare him for the coaching jobs he yearned for and earned in the years ahead. I was now offered the Principal appointment in his place. To have even been considered beside him was an honor, so how could I now turn it down? Thus, I proceeded with the application. My dad was very pleased that I would now follow him with service in the Army, my mother very anxious since the North Koreans had invaded South Korea on June 25, 1950, and I had now turned 17, fully eligible now to serve my country. The sun was rising again. Unfortunately, in early March, 1951, as I prepared for Winter quarter finals at Emory, my father suffered a second and fatal heart attack, at age 47, leaving my mom a young widow of 41, with two children yet to educate. There were no 401K's or IRA's back then, good steady incomes, but no health benefits and dad's illnesses had drained the family reserves, leaving barely enough for one to go to college, not even thinking about two. I had a younger sister two years behind me, so my choice became even clearer and wiser. My dad had held the Army in high esteem and West Point was the epitome of Army service to him.

In sadness over my father's passing, but with the challenge ahead, knowing that my dad would be pleased with whatever course taken, I completed my Freshman year at Emory with an excellent record, which further prepared the way for West Point. And in June, 1951, reported to the Academy for the final academic and physical proficiency tests at Stewart AFB, followed by the physical at the West Point Army Hospital. I had travelled 48 hours on a Greyhound Bus from Florida to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, then the Mohawk Coach Line on to Stewart where we were bunked while taking the tests. All went well, academically and physically, until the young dentist who performed the dental exam observed that I had lost four molars as a youngster, which had not been replaced by a bridge, allowing my teeth to shift. In bright red ink, evidently reserved only for "disapprovals", without forewarning or counsel to me, he wrote across the dental portion of the form "disqualified for admission, severe malocclusion - could not eat Army food". I was shocked since I had been examined in Pensacola by the Navy only nine months before, with the same teeth missing then and been fully cleared for Annapolis. Somehow, the Navy must be issued different foods than the Army. But, I remained composed, got out of the dental chair, rushed to the men's room next door and "lost all my breakfast". That was my final station in the entire exam and I had just been disqualified for something I did could not even spell, much less know what it meant, since I ate well every day and never had trouble chewing or swallowing anything. (In later years, this was further validated in Ranger School on those three day patrols through North Georgia, when famished from hunger, we foraged, chewing hard dried corn, pulled as we passed through corn field after corn field and never broke a tooth - nor had an upset stomach.) With my physical exam paper in hand, I moved to the final station in the hospital. It was a large Conference Room where the Hospital Commander chaired the Board of Review, with full Colonels of each of the Medical Departments participating across the long table, approaching an inquisition. The Commander looked only at the front page of the form and said, "Mr. McNair, everything looks good and you appear to be fully cleared medically." I choked it back, but spoke up and said, "Sir, if you will look on the back page, the Dentist has written in red that I am disqualified because my teeth will not be able to chew Army food." The Commander was taken aback, turned the paper over and said that I was correct, he had missed that comment. Looking down the table at the Chief Dental Surgeon, the Commander asked for his comment. The Chief Dentist asked me to step up in front of him at the table and open my mouth. I did as ordered, shaking in the presence of six full Colonels. The Chief Dental Officer, without instruments, mirror or probes, simply looked in briefly and curtly replied, "They look good enough to me - you're fine." It just went to show how much more a Colonel knows about dentistry and a young 17 year old wanted to enter West Point than a Captain. I wanted to hug the Colonel, but exercised constraint. The Hospital Commander scratched out the disqualifying remarks and said, "Congratulations, welcome to West Point." Anyone who doesn't believe there are Guardian Angels, mine was dressed like a Dental Corps Colonel that day. I floated out of the Conference Room that day boarded the bus back to Stewart AFB, swelling with pride and anxiety that I would soon be a cadet.

I was now finally approved for admission on Jul 3, 1951 with the Class of 1955. When one looks back upon such major decisions in their life, there are always "twists and turns", but that year was perhaps the most pivotal in my life as I reached the biggest fork in the road of my life thus far. My family was with me all the way and I truly felt that God had led me to that point, then gave me the strength and courage to choose the proper course. My only disappointment was that my dad could not be with me as I followed that path for the next 60 years of my life, in war and in peace, in love and in marriage. But, in many respects, he is with me to this day, as is my dear late mother, still leading and guiding as I have faced the continuing challenge which life presents for all of us, almost 53 years of marriage to the same dedicated and supportive wife, three fine children all happily married, and six grandchildren. What more can one ask?

Reflecting now on those formative years, I must confess that the thoughts of medical school did cross my mind often during my four years at the Academy, but I was there to stay. As the four years passed, summer training and Branch trips sold me on the Infantry, the Airborne and the Rangers. Yet the challenge of aerial flight experienced on the Air Force visits also beckoned strongly. Air Force was about to get the final nod until the night before branch drawing in March 1955, when General Hamilton H. Howze, then Director of Army Aviation, on the Army Staff, was directed by General James Gavin, the Army G3, to travel to West Point and brief the Class of 1955 that the Army had made a strategic decision to move rapidly into the third dimension, air mobility in a giant way, and would need young Regular Officers to serve and lead the effort. Until then, Army Aviation was an additional skill like a Parachutist for Infantry, Artillery, Armor and officers of other branches, but the Army was now looking beyond the Airborne on a grander scale for the future. That one brief lecture on the eve of branch drawing not only turned my focus, making it clearer yet that I could combine all my dreams into a single pursuit. The following evening, I chose Infantry, Airborne, Ranger, Army Aviation and the 82d Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC - little realizing that 25 years later I would be honored to serve as the first Chief of the Army Aviation Branch of the United States Army.

And that's how I not only "got to" West Point, but where West Point "got me" or perhaps should say "got to me", embedded in the motto of "Duty - Honor - Country" over the intervening decades of service to our Army and our Nation.

Looking back, I will always cherish West Point and the training received, friendships made and opportunities provided. Perhaps in some small way, I have now repaid the investments that my family, our Alma Mater, our Army, and the many mentors and soldiers with whom I served made in me over these many years.

Retired still Serving,

CARL H. McNAIR,JR.
USMA Class of 1955
18 AUG 2010



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Living Legend of Aviation






John Travolta, the "Official Ambassador of Aviation ®," hosted the prestigious "Living Legends of Aviation Awards," at the Beverly Hilton ballroom on January 16, 2015. The 12th Annual Awards saluted Bob Hoover and his 93rd birthday, along with special guests attending to honor this Charter "Living Legend of Aviation."

The three new inductees are Bruce Whitman, chairman and CEO of FlightSafety; Herb Kelleher, founder of Southwest Airlines; and Major General Carl McNair, retired Army and considered the Father of modern Army Aviation.

About Living Legends of Aviation

Considered the most prestigious and important recognition event of aviation, the Living Legends of Aviation Awards recognizes significant contributions and achievements during aviation's second hundred years.

12th Annual Living Legends of Aviation Awards
Friday, January 16, 2015
Beverly Hilton Ballroom, Beverly Hills, CA
6:00pm Red Carpet & Cocktails
7:00pm Dinner
8:00pm Awards


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Easter Seals Advocacy Award for Carl McNair

Dear Class of 1955,

Greetings this holiday season. We hope the very best for all of you and yours.

I wanted to let you know that our very own Carl McNair will receive this year’s Easter Seals Advocacy Award from the DC Metro Easter Seals. A dinner in his honor is to take place on Tuesday, 19 April 2016 in the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC.

Carl helped the DC Metro Easter Seals see the need to help Military service members, Wounded Warriors and Veterans and their families, and helped grow that capability. Previous Award winners are Tom Brokaw, Gary Sinese, Honorable Elizabeth Dole and many other Americans who are ready to help those in need.

Easter Seals has expanded its reach to provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs (now including military, Wounded Warriors, Veterans and their families) have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. The video, "Hope at the Crossroads" gives a short visual of the services that Easter Seals now provides.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVDAVy2Isyo

I think this might be a grand opportunity for a Class of ‘55 table at this event on 19 April. Please see the attached website for more details.

https://www.advocacyawards.org

This information was provided to me by MG John and BG Anne Macdonald (USA Ret), Skip's and my son and daughter in law, who have offered to be my escorts for the evening.

Martha
Martha Macdonald
2 January 2016


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McNair Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

MG McNair(R) ’55 Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Shippensburg University at Alumni Weekend

6/15/2017 Major General Carl H. McNair Jr. (Ret.) is a graduate of the US Army War College. During his time there, he also attended Shippensburg University as a graduate student in the Public Administration program. He received his Master of Science in Public Administration from Ship in 1971. Major General McNair retired from his most recent position at Air Methods Corporation in 2016.


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Jo Ann McNair

I was saddened to learn that Carl McNair's wife, Jo Ann, died early this morning (24 Aug) of renal failure. Jo Ann has been confined to a wheelchair for many years, but has always been an active member of the Class of 1955. I will inform you of the time and place of services once they have been determined. In the meantime, keep Carl and his family in your thoughts.

Grip hands...

~jackC '55
Jack Campbell
24 August 2017


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Jo Ann Wilson (Brown) McNair

Jo Ann Wilson McNair of Springfield, Virginia passed away after a brief illness on August 24, 2017. Jo Ann was born on October 7, 1934 at Fort Benning, GA to the late Bea and Emmarene Wilson Brown. Married to her beloved husband, Major General (retired) Carl H. McNair, Jr. on October 26, 1957 at the Fort Benning Chapel, their first married assignment was to Taiwan which started them on 30 years of moves to many military assignments until Carl retired and they settled in Northern Virginia.

Jo Ann was the quintessential Army wife supporting her husband in his career and her children through the many relocations. She particularly enjoyed volunteering with Army Community Services, the American Red Cross and Officer's Wives Club. She enjoyed being the first lady when her husband commanded the Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Jo Ann was an ardent supporter of anything West Point. Having been a cheerleader at Baker High School in Columbus, GA, she enjoyed cheering on Army football, especially at the Army-Navy Game.

In addition to her husband, Jo Ann is survived by her three children, Cynthia McNair Wood (Stephen) of Charleston, SC, Carl Herbert McNair, III (Alana) of Uniontown, PA and
Courtney McNair Bulger (Patrick) of Herndon, VA. She had six grandchildren, Courtland Wood Colantonio (Trey) of North Bethesda, MD, Zachariah Taylor Wood (Grace Anne) Chicago, IL, Virginia Elizabeth Bulger, Emma Caroline Bulger, Rebecca Clark (Eric) of Masontown, PA and Carl Herbert McNair, IV of Uniontown, PA; and four great-grandchildren, Jamie,
Eric Junior and Janessa Clark and Cooper Colantonio. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Ellen Thuston, of Virginia Beach, VA.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 29 at 11 a.m. at Messiah United Methodist Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152. The family will be accepting visitors on Monday, August 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Stroke Association, 9707 E. Easter Lane, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112, www.stroke.org.


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Jo Ann McNair Interment

At 2 PM yesterday (4 Oct), a large group of people assembled in Section 34 at Arlington national Cemetery to join Carl McNair and his family for the interment of his wife Jo Ann who died on August 24th. With the weather sunny and comfortable, the Christian ceremony began with a tenor solo followed with a prayer and reading by Reverend Reggie Tuck. Two family members sang spiritual hymns, one of whom was a grand daughter who sang Amazing Grace. Another member read traditional funeral verses from Chapter 3 of the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. In his remarks, Reverend Tuck shared his discussions regarding family and faith in God with Jo Ann during her terminal illness.

It was a fitting experience to be with the McNair family and relatives as they paid last respects to one of the wonderful ladies of the USMA Class of 1955. Even though Jo Ann was severely handicapped for many years, she continued to attend numerous reunions and other West Point activities. Jo Ann’s grave, at the top of a rolling hill near a very large holly tree, provides a commanding view among thousands of traditional stone gravestones situated in stringently aligned rows throughout the cemetery.

Among the attendees, we identified the following members and associates of the Class of 1955:

Billy Arthur
Val Bundren
Jim Cutchin
Jack Doyle
Connie Franklin
Ted Gay
Don Hilbert
Lorna Malooley
Bill & Joan McCulla
Marty McGuire
Dan & Donna Ludwig
Rich & Mary Ann Miller
George Page
Matt Schepps
Danielle Troyan
Ted & Starla Vitori
Elaine West & daughter
Dick & Sandy Wargowsky

Dan Ludwig,
Class Historian
5 October 2017


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