GARY MCMAHON

Profile Updated: May 29, 2017
GARY MCMAHON
Residing In: MISSION VIEJO, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Never married, no exwives, no kids, no regrets...
Occupation: Motor Trade, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover, BMW
Military Service: U.S. Naval Air Reserve 1968-72 USS Oriskany CVA-34  
Yes! Attending Reunion
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After graduating from Start, I joined the Naval Air Reserve in December 1968. While going through Aviation Ordnance training in Jacksonville Florida, I applied to the Naval Academy but was runner up to a guy who was the captain of his high school football team... My active duty was served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany CVA-34 in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of Viet Nam. I was able to visit Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Philippines during my tours of duty, plus my ship was home-ported at Naval Air Station Alameda in San Francisco Bay, an area that I enjoyed. After my release from active duty I remained in the reserves for several more years. I returned to Toledo in 1972 and attended T.U. before relocating to Southern California in 1976 where I was actually born. I have been engaged in the imported automobile business ever since. Besides restoring and selling classic British sports cars, specializing in Jaguars, I enjoy travel and have been to Spain, England, Wales, France, Belgium, and of course Ireland many times... Never married, no kids, no regrets... Plenty of nieces and nephews...

School Story:

I'm sure that I was pretty much invisible to most of my classmates during my years at Start. I was not a "Social", not a "Hood" just one of the faceless rabble in between... I remember how my history teacher, John Wretschko, every December 7th, would recount his personal experience of Pearl Harbor. How as a P-40 fighter pilot he was able to get off the ground only to be shot down by our own forces after being mistaken as the enemy. Not big enough for most sports, I remember that I weighed only 127 pounds when I entered the Navy, so they put me on the bomb assembly crew for 12 hours a day, 7 days a week... Most of my social interaction in my high school years was with friends made through my involvement with Junior Achievement where I met kids from all over the city. As one of 8 children, there wasn't a lot of money to go around. No yearbooks, no class ring, no senior trip or prom ( I did take a couple of girlfriends to their proms though...) But I really didn't mind... I still have family in Toledo and have returned regularly over the years.

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