Captain George McGinnis, USN                                 May 11, 1919 – October 11, 2006

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05-11-19-george-mcginnis2Captain Paul McGinnis was born in Iowa Park Texas on May 11, 1919.  After graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1942, he joined the Naval Reserve prior to WW II.  Shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacked he was called to active duty and continued to serve in the navy until he retired 31 years later in July 1973.

Military duties included the following:


1942:  Hq      11th ND, San Diego and M.I.T. Radar School
1942-1944    OINC Radio Station NKM, Recife, Brazil
1944-1945    OP-20-GX, Headquarters
1945-1946    Harvard University Navy PG school
1946-1947    SECNAV
1947-1949    HQ, NavSecGru
1949-1950    AFSA
1950-1952     CO, Dupont Station, SC
1952-1954     Operations Officer, Kami Seya (Several field activities)
1954-1956     NSA
1956-1957     Naval War College (First Cryptologic officer to graduate)
1957-1959     CO, Okinawa (There were two stations)
1959-1962     NSA
1962-1964     CO, Turkey (There were five stations)
1964-1969     NSA
1969-1971      CO, NCTC Corry Station (One field station)
1971-1973      XO, National Cryptologic School, NSA.
July, 1973       Retired, Pensacola

Military decorations and awards include: American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Korean Service Medal; United Nations Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Naval Unit Commendation Medal (2); Navy Commendation Medal (2); Legion of Merit (2).

After military retirement in 1973, he built his home in Gulf Breeze, FL and volunteered many years in community service.  He was on the Board of Directors of the Military YMCA, the United Way, Retired Senior Volunteer Program and the Pensacola Navy League.  He was a certified Florida County Court Mediator and mediated cases in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for more than fifteen years.  Captain McGinnis worked with the Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association (life member) and authored the association History Book and was a regular contributor to the CRYPTOLOG.  He was also instrumental in moving the Naval Cryptologic Museum from Washington, DC, to Corry Station and worked at the Command Display of cryptology for several years.
“George McGinnis was a remarkable man, a true American patriot, and a great personal friend to many of us in the cryptologic and information warfare community,” said RADM Edward H. Deets III, vice commander at Naval Network Warfare Command. “As one of the pioneers who helped shape the evolution of naval cryptology, Captain McGinnis deserves much of the credit for our success. His significant and lasting contributions to the security of the United States uniquely qualify him for this honor, and his selection would be a most fitting tribute.”

Editor’s note: At the time of RADM Deets remarks, Captain McGinnis was being nominated for the Cryptologic Hall of Honor at NSA.

Source: NCVA