Col. George K. McGunnegle

George K. McGunnegle

Col. George K. McGunnegle temporarily commanded the US Army, Pacific (then named Department of Hawaii) from 5 December 1912 to 14 February 1913. Born in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1854, he came from a military family. His father, Lt. Commander Wilson McGunnegle, commanded the ironclad gunboat, USS St. Louis, during the Civil War. His grandfather, also George K. McGunnegle, served in the US House of Representatives.

George K. McGunnegle attended St. John's College in Annapolis and then served as a lieutenant with the 15th Infantry in 1873. He received a promotion to captain in 1891. In 1899, he served with the 3rd Infantry Regiment as a major. He served with other infantry regiments, including the 17th and 26th, until 1906.

In April 1906, McGunnegle received special assignment to the Pacific Division's Inspection Service, San Francisco, California. Along with several other officers, he collected and furnished data on progress of the city's recovery from the earthquake.

On 3 July 1906, McGunnegle assumed command of the 1st Infantry Regiment and received a promotion to colonel. The unit arrived at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, on 18 May 1912. It was while assigned there that Col. McGunnegle temporarily commanded the Department of Hawaii. In 1913, McGunnegle added another military member to his family when his daughter, Isabel, married Philip Sheridan, Jr., the son of the famed cavalry general. McGunnegle's son-in-law was also a cavalry officer and had served as a military aide to President Theodore Roosevelt.

In 1917, Col. McGunnegle led his regiment back to the mainland from Hawaii, where it was assigned to Fort McDowell, California. He retired from the Army on 23 June 1918. He died on 17 January 1938 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.



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