Captain McGrath retired from the Navy after 31 years of service on June 1, 1979, and went to work for Hughes Aircraft in Newport Beach, CA, where he was in charge of Research and Development. He retired from Hughes in September 1992.
The McGrath’s then moved to Floyd, VA, where Capt. McGrath worked with the VFW Post # 7854. He initiated and coordinated the first Veteran’s Day Parade in Floyd, and continued to coordinate the parade until 2005. He also initiated the Main Street American Flag Display Program in Floyd where American Flags are displayed along the two main streets in the Town of Floyd during federal holidays. He was a member of the Great Oaks Country Club where he was an avid golfer. They moved to Roanoke, VA, in 2005, and became members of St. Andrews Catholic Church. They were members of the Shenandoah Club and Military Officer’s Association of America.