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Herbert Joseph McChrystal

Birthplace: Panama
Death: December 10, 2013 (89)
Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Sr. and Hazel Marion McChrystal
Husband of Mary Gardner McChrystal and Private
Father of Stanley McChrystal

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About Herbert Joseph McChrystal


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

Herbert Joseph McChrystal, Jr. was born in 1924 in the Panama Canal Zone to Herbert, Sr., 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.


McChrystal graduated from New Mexico Military Institute 1942 JC and the United States Military Academy in 1945, and was part of the Occupying force in Germany after World War II. He later served a tour of duty in Korea and two in Vietnam. 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.

Later life

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. McChrystal died on December 10, 2013 in Kingsport, Tennessee.

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Herbert Joseph McChrystal's Timeline

May 30, 1924
August 14, 1954
Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States
December 10, 2013
Age 89
Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee, United States