Martin Maher

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Martin Maher
Nickname(s)Marty
BornJune 25, 1876
DiedJanuary 17, 1961
New York City, NY
Buried
West Point Cemetery
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1898-1928
RankMaster Sergeant
UnitUnited States Military Academy

Martin "Marty" Maher, Jr. (June 25, 1876 – January 17, 1961) was an Irish immigrant from Ballycrine near Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland, who joined the United States Army in 1898 and rose to the rank of master sergeant. He served as a swimming instructor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, from 1899 to 1928.

Maher retired from the army in 1928 and stayed at West Point as a civilian employee in the athletic department. He retired from the civil service in 1946, completing 50 years of service at West Point (including two years as a waiter prior to his enlistment).

A much-respected and admired member of the West Point staff, Maher was named an honorary member of the classes of 1912, 1926 and 1928. His autobiography, Bringing Up The Brass: My 55 Years at West Point, co-written by Colonel Red Reeder and Nardi Reeder Campion, was published in 1951 by David McKay Company Inc.

Maher died on January 17 1961 at the age of 84 and is buried in the West Point Cemetery.

In popular culture[edit]

Maher was the subject of the 1955 film The Long Gray Line, starring Tyrone Power and Maureen O'Hara. His autobiography was the source material for the film. The film depicts Maher as having been in the U.S. Army for all of his fifty years at West Point, whereas in reality he was in the Army for thirty years and stayed on for another twenty after retiring.

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