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CDR Mort McCarthy Memorial Scholarship
Commander McCarthy was a Virginia Beach native but raised predominately in Denver, Colorado. He was a member of the NROTC Unit at the University of Utah where he graduated in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and a commission in the US Navy. He entered flight training at Pensacola, Florida in September 1971 and was designated an unrestricted Naval Aviator in November 1972. CDR McCarthy’s tours of duty included Helicopter Anti-Submarine Warfare (HS) squadrons on both the east and west coasts, Helicopter Anti-Submarine Wing One, NROTC University of Idaho, and the Naval Military Personnel Command where he served as the Helicopter Assignments Officer and Aviation Assignment Shore Coordinator. Following his department head tour in HS-12, CDR McCarthy served as the Executive Officer in both HS-16 and HS-2. He took command of HS-2 in 1989. His final assignment on active duty was with OPNAV (OP-05). CDR McCarthy’s service decorations included the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (2), and numerous service and unit awards.
CDR McCarthy retired from active duty in 1992 and began a successful career in commercial real estate in the San Diego area. He was the co founder and president of Packard Reality up until the time of his death. He is survived by his wife Antoinette, first wife and dear friend, Linda McCarthy, two daughters, two step children and eight grandchildren.
Mort served with honor and integrity and was a good friend and mentor to all who worked with him. His contributions to the Navy’s rotary wing community throughout his distinguished career were significant. In recognition of this faithful service, initial steps have been taken to establish a Memorial Scholarship in CDR McCarthy’s name that will be administered by the NHA Scholarship Fund. Contributions can be made to the CDR Mort McCarthy Memorial Scholarship, Account # 117333633, North Island Credit Union, PO Box 85833 San Diego Ca, 92186
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