Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Death of a Retired General Officer

This message went out from General George General W. Casey, Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, today:

DEATH OF A RETIRED GENERAL OFFICER 17 JUN 09. "It is with deep regret that the Secretary of the Army and I inform you of the death of General John R. Guthrie, United States Army, Retired. He passed away on 25 May 2009 in Washington, DC. As a mark of respect to the memory of General John R. Guthrie, the national flag will be flown at half-staff at all installations, activities, and vessels of the Department of the Army in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions, from reveille to retreat on the day of interment 30 June 2009."

I am so very proud and grateful that the Army my father served and loved for more than 39 years has accorded him this amazing honor. His example of people centered leadership (in partnership with my mother for almost 58 years) will continue to guide and inspire me for the rest of my life as it has to this day.

2 comments:

Julie said...

Wow, what a rare and awesome tribute! I'll be thinking of you on the 30th - the full-blown Arlington Cemetery ceremony is a really cool thing to witness. See you in Chicago ... Julie

Louise LaMothe said...

A wonderful tribute, Claire. It is clearly a mark of the respect in which he was held by the service. You should be very proud! Louise