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Captain Harold Albert McGrath, Jr.

September 13, 2011

            Captain McGrath always knew he wanted to join the Navy and became a member of the American Blue Jackets at the age of eight.  He graduated from St. Ann’s Academy in 1947 and graduated from Iona College in 1951 with a BS in Physics.  He entered the Navy in June 1948 at Fort Schuyler, Bronx, NY.  After graduating from Iona, he entered the Navy’s Reserve Officer’s Candidate Program in Newport, RI, and was commissioned as an Ensign.  He served aboard the USS Daniel A. Joy from November 1951 – June 1954.  He then served aboard the USS Tarawa from June 1954 – January 1955.  He continued on sea duty and serve aboard the USS Kyne from January 1955 – January 1956.  He transferred to Washington D.C. in January 1956 to work with the CNO Special Projects division until June 1956.  He attended the Navy’s Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA, from June 1956 – June 1958, graduating with a degree in Engineering.  From there he went to the New York Naval Ship Yard in Brooklyn, NY, from June 1958 – June 1960.  He transferred to the Staff of COMINPAC in Long Beach, CA, where he served for three years before transferring to NAVSHIPREPPAC in Guam in September 1963.  In 1965 he again went to Washington, D.C., where he served with NAVSHIPS until Jun 1968.  He next served at COMSERPAC, Pearl Harbor, HI from July 1968 – August 1971.  Captain McGrath then transferred to San Diego, CA, where he assumed command of the Naval Electronics Systems Engineering Center, Southwest Division.  He served as the Commanding Officer until August 1975 when he transferred to his final tour of duty in Washington, DC, at NAVALEX Systems Command until his retirement in June 1979.

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            During his years of service he earned the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with one Gold Star, Vietnamese Navy Service Medal, National defense Service Medal with one Bronze Star, Vietnamese Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with one Device.

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