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WILLIAMSBURG - Peter W. McGurl, Colonel, U.S. Army, Retired, died on April 24, 2014, at Patriot's Colony in Williamsburg, Virginia. Col. McGurl was born on August 5, 1931, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of the late James McGurl and Mary Norton McGurl. After attending Boston Technical High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1950 and served his nation for over 30 years. He graduated from the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1953 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1977. As an infantry officer, he served in Korea and Hawaii and began flight training in 1957 for fixed wing and rotary aircraft in San Marcus, Texas. His first tour of duty in Vietnam was from 1962-1963. During his second tour from 1966-1968, as Commander of the 25th Aviation Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. Thereafter, he served at the Pentagon, the United States European Command Headquarters in Stuttgart Germany, and retired from the Army Training and Doctrine Command in Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1981. Col. McGurl was also presented the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 14 awards, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous other service medals. In 1982, he pursued his lifelong dream of building Elan, a 42 foot sailboat, and took great pleasure in sailing with his family. He launched McGurl Yacht Accommodations in 1983 whereby he combined his love of woodworking and sailing. Col. McGurl was also an avid skier, tennis, racket, and handball player. Gliding in Stuttgart, Germany and participating in the Langley Flight Club were two other great passions he pursued. Ever present for his wife, daughter, son, and grandson, many attempts were made by the family to reduce the blue crab population in Hampton Roads. Col. McGurl is survived by Rosa Lee, his loving and devoted wife of 56 years; his daughter Lee Anne Guzy, son Mark Michael McGurl (Diane), and grandson Raynor James Guzy; a brother, James McGurl and sister, Anne Naff. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased in death by his sister Mary McCarthy and son-in-law James Patrick Guzy. There will be a wake between 4 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. The funeral will take place 11 a.m., Thursday, May 1, 2014, at St. Bede's Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Virginia 23188. Internment is planned for Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the .
Published in Daily Press on Apr. 28, 2014
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