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Col. Paul J. McCarthy, served in elite Army units Jan. 6, 1938 -- July 28, 2011

Col. Paul Joseph McCarthy, a career soldier who had strong ties to Buffalo and Niagara University, died July 28 in Fairfax, Va. A resident of Falls Church, Va., for the past three decades, he was 73.

Born in Binghamton, he was a graduate of Niagara University, where he earned an officer's commission in the infantry.

Col. McCarthy served with elite units including the 5th Special Forces in Vietnam and the 82nd Airborne Division. His record includes numerous awards and decorations from the Army and from the governments of the Republic of Vietnam and the Philippines.

Throughout his 32-year military career, Col. McCarthy benefited from diverse duties in command and staff assignments, encounters with special leaders, education and training.

Graduating from top military schools, he won early promotion and divided his Army service among field units and at the Army's highest levels.

His overseas assignments spanned Germany, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam with his final assignment at the Pentagon.

Col. McCarthy remained loyal to Western New York, even though he spent most of his life away from this area. He was active in fundraising for Niagara University. In 1995, he received the Alumni of the Year Award from NU. He also served in leadership roles with Buffalo Night in Washington, D.C.

He is survived by his three children, Maura M. Hoffman, Paul A. McCarthy, Timothy V. McCarthy; and his sister, Margaret McCarthy.

A retired Army colonel, he will be interned with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 29.


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