Paul G. Gutherie – Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary report:

Paul G. Guthrie, 88, an Army colonel who retired from military service in 1965 as commander of the strategy and tactics analysis group, died of  heart ailments and cancer April 2, 1999 at his home in Seminole, Florida.

Colonel Guthrie was born in Charlestown, West Virginia. He served in the West Virginia National Guard and was called up for active Army service shortly before the United States entered World War II. He served in Europe during the war and received a Silver Star for valor in combat operations in Germany.

Postwar service included duty in Japan, Korea and Germany, and assignments at the Pentagon, Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Holabird, Md. He attended the Army War College. His military decorations also included a Legion of Merit and an Army Commendation Medal.

He settled in the Washington area after the war. In 1978, he moved from Falls Church to Seminole.

During his military career, Colonel Guthrie took courses at the University of Maryland. In 1996, at the age of 85, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in military science.

He was a former member of the Arlington Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Della Guthrie of Seminole; a daughter, Lois G. Seegren of Fairfax; two sisters; two brothers; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. A son, Steven Guthrie, died 10 years ago.

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