Herbert J. McChrystal

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Herbert J. McChrystal
Birth nameHerbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr.
Born(1924-05-30)May 30, 1924
Panama Canal Zone
DiedDecember 10, 2013(2013-12-10) (aged 89)
Kingsport, Tennessee
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942–1974
RankMajor General
Commands heldUnited States Army Test and Evaluation Command
Battles/warsKorean War
Vietnam War
AwardsArmy Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit (2)
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star (2)
RelationsGeneral Stanley A. McChrystal (son)

Major General Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr. (May 30, 1924 – December 10, 2013) was an officer in the United States Army and the father of General Stanley A. McChrystal.

Early years and personal life[edit]

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.[1]


McChrystal graduated from New Mexico Military Institute 1942 JC and the United States Military Academy in 1945,[2] and was part of the Occupying force in Germany after World War II.

He served a tour of duty in Korea with the 15th Infantry Regiment, part of the 25th Infantry Division and received his first Silver Star.[3]

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.[1]

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.[1]

He retired from the military in 1974. His decorations including four Silver Stars, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.[1]

Later life[edit]

After leaving the military, he spent four years as a political-military consultant to RAND Corporation,[1] 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.[1]

McChrystal died on December 10, 2013, in Kingsport, Tennessee.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Herbert J. McChrystal Jr., Army major general, dies at 89". Washington Post.
  2. ^ Profile, panama-guide.com; accessed March 1, 2014.
  3. ^ "Valor awards for Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr". Military Times Hall of Valor. Retrieved 19 June 2017.