"Carry This Forward": Exemplifying West Point's Ideals of Selfless Service

Harry Dermody


Colonel (Ret.) Harry Dermody enlisted in the Army in 1958, and graduated from West Point in 1965. After completing Airborne and Ranger training, he held commands at every level from platoon through brigade, including a combat tour leading an infantry company in Vietnam, and eventually coordinated all support logistics for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Following his retirement, he was active in numerous civic organizations, and worked extensively on behalf of the West Point Association of Graduates (AOG). He passed away on 24 November 2012, several months after this interview was conducted. Here, he discusses his diverse and colorful career, the soldiers with whom he served, the values by which he lived his rich life, and the strength he derived from his devoted family.


conflicts Vietnam War Persian Gulf War
topics Leadership Morale USMA 1965
interviewer Todd Brewster, Robert Doughty
date 17 July 2012


name Harry Dermody
institution USMA
graduation year 1965
service Army
unit III Corps Support Command
specialty Signals, Infantry, Ordnance
service dates 1958 1993