“George McGinnis was a remarkable man, a true American patriot, and a great personal friend to many of us in the cryptologic and information warfare community,” said RADM Edward H. Deets III, vice commander at Naval Network Warfare Command. “As one of the pioneers who helped shape the evolution of naval cryptology, Captain McGinnis deserves much of the credit for our success. His significant and lasting contributions to the security of the United States uniquely qualify him for this honor, and his selection would be a most fitting tribute.”
Born on May 11, 1919, in Iowa Park, TX, McGinnis was commissioned in the Naval Reserve in 1942 and was called to active duty shortly thereafter. He then completed postgraduate studies in electronics at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. He was also the first cryptologic officer to graduate from the Naval War College.
He passed away on October 11, 2006.
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