Herbert J. McChrystal
|Herbert J. McChrystal|
|Birth name||Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr.|
May 30, 1924|
Panama Canal Zone
|Died||December 10, 2013
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942–1974|
|Commands held||United States Army Test and Evaluation Command|
|Awards||Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (2)
|Relations||General Stanley A. McChrystal (son)|
Early years and personal life
Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr. was born in 1924 in the Panama Canal Zone to Colonel Herbert McChrystal, Sr. (1895-1954), who was stationed with the United States military and Hazel Marion (née Vosper) McChrystal. He married Mary Gardner Bright, with whom he had six children. Mary McChrystal died in 1971.
He served two tours of duty in Vietnam. During his first tour, he commanded the 2nd Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, part of the 1st Infantry Division. His second tour was in 1968, where he commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division and then was chief of staff for the 4th Infantry Division.
In the early 1970s he served as director of the Planning and Program Analysis Directorate at the Pentagon and then his final posting was leading the Test and Evaluation Command at Fort Hood, Texas.
After leaving the military, he spent four years as a Political-Military consultant to RAND Corporation, and worked for several years on the staff and faculty of the Florida Institute of Technology, where he also earned a Master of Business Administration.
Later, he went on to form a logistics consultation firm with his second wife, Gailey Smith.
- "Herbert J. McChrystal Jr., Army major general, dies at 89". Washington Post.
- Profile, panama-guide.com; accessed March 1, 2014.
- "Valor awards for Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr.". Military Times Hall of Valor. Retrieved 19 June 2017.