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Captain 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
1947-1949 HQ, NavSecGru
1950-1952 CO, Dupont Station, SC
1952-1954 Operations Officer, Kami Seya (Several field activities)
1956-1957 Naval War College (First Cryptologic officer to graduate)
1957-1959 CO, Okinawa (There were two stations)
1962-1964 CO, Turkey (There were five stations)
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.