Brigadier General Georges R. Guay went on his final mission on July 29, 2000.
He left the world a better place by his devotion to his God, his country and his family. During 34 years of service in the U.S. Air Force he served as Chief of Counterintelligence Section, Special Division; Chief of OSI District, France; graduated from Air Command and Staff College and Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base; and served as Assistant Joint Secretary, Special Military Assistant to the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Strike Command.
He was then assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff within the National Military Command Center and became Senior Military Representative to the Department of State Operations Center.
General Guay served as Air Attache in Bern, Switzerland, and then became the Air Attache in Paris, France. He assumed the duties as Defense and Air Attache to Egypt with offices in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, with oak leaf cluster; Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Department of State Meritorious Honor Award Medal; and the French Legion of Honor in the rank of commander.
The general was a great man who will live long in the memories of the people whose lives he touched.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nelly; his sons, Richard and Raymond; Nelly's sons, Jean-Luc and Marc; his daughters, Marcy and Theresa; and 11 grandchildren; along with brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews who will miss him.
Visitation in the Fort Walton Beach, Florida, area will be held on Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Whitehurst Funeral Home, 435 West James Lee Blvd., Crestview, Florida.
A full honors ceremony will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery on August 21, 2000, with services at the Fort Myer Chapel beginning at 10:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested all honorariums be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He is finally at ease; may he rest in peace.
BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGES R. GUAY
Retired July 1, 1975.
Brigadier General Georges R. Guay was the defense and air attache to Egypt with office in the U.S. Embassy. He was responsible to the Secretaries of Defense and the Air Force, and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force for all defense and Air Force matters of interest in Egypt.
General Guay was born in 1922, at Sanford, Maine. He graduated from St. Frederick College at Drummondville, P.Q., Canada, and attended the University of Maryland and Troy State College (formerly State Teachers College), Alabama. He began his military career in December 1941 and graduated from Officer Candidate School, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in October 1945 with a commission as Second Lieutenant. He is a graduate of the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, and the Foreign Service Institute.
From December 1945 to October 1946, General Guay served at March Field, California, as personnel officer and then intelligence officer with the 1st Fighter Group. He then attended the Army Counterintelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland. Upon graduation he was assigned to the European Command and became special assistant to the counterintelligence group commander.
From June 1948 to September 1949, he served as administrative officer and then as chief of operations in the U.S. Air Force 702d Counterintelligence Corps Detachment. In September 1949 he was assigned as chief of the Counterintelligence Section, Security Division, of the newly organized Office of Special Investigation in Europe. During this period, he revitalized the coordination of counterintelligence activities between U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the French Air Force.
General Guay returned to the United States for a one-year assignment as OSI Detachment commander at Richmond, Virignia. He returned to Europe and established the OSI Liaison Office in Paris in July 1951 and later served as chief of the Counterintelligence Division, OSI District, France. From 1954 to 1958, he served in both the Counterespionage and the Research and Analysis Divisions of the OSI Directorate, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. In June 1958 he was assigned to the OSI in France as chief of the Counterintelligence Division and as deputy district commander. He returned to the United States in July 1961 and attended the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
From July 1962 to August 1965, General Guay was assigned to the U.S. Strike Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, where he served successively as Assistant Joint Secretary, Special Military Assistant to the Commander in Chief, and Staff Operations Officer. He graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in July 1966.
He then was assigned to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as operations officer within the National Military Command Center, and in February 1967 he became senior military representative to the Department of State Operations Center. After completing training at the Defense Intelligence School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in May 1969, General Guay served as air attache in Bern, Switzerland, and in August 1970 became air attache to France.
General Guay assumed duties as defense and air attache to Egypt with office in the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in May 1974.
His military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon, and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award Medal.
He was promoted to the grade of Brigadier General effective April 2, 1973, with date of rank March 27, 1973.
GUAY, GEORGES RAYMOND
BRIG GEN US AIR FORCE
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
- DATE OF BIRTH: 03/11/1922
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/29/2000
- BURIED AT: SECTION 66 SITE 5247
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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