HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Joseph R. McCormick, one of the oldest alumni of the University of Connecticut and an offensive halfback and defensive end on the school’s football team, has died. He was 101.
McCormick died Thursday in Stuart, Fla. He was born in Bloomfield and graduated the University of Connecticut in 1934.
He commanded amphibious training in the Pacific during World War II, participated in the invasion of the Philippines and served on Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s staff.
He was called back to active duty during the Korean War and retired in 1967 from the active reserve as a Brigadier General. He earned three Battle Stars and a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
He was married for 54 years to Ruth Harris, who died 1991. He is survived by two children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.