Official Website of the U.S. Marine Raider Association & Foundation

Select Page

Obituaries > HERRING, GEORGE W.

George William Herring, Colonel, USMC retired, 85, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2003 at the Brandon Wilde, a retirement home in Evans, GA. Colonel Herring graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1940. Among his duty stations during World War II, he served as a Company Commander with the First Marine Raider Battalion on Guadalcanal. During the Korean War, as the commanding officer of HMR-161, he pioneered U.S. Military Helicopter Tactics. As chronicled in the book, Calvary of the Sky, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he served with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. His last duty station was as the commanding officer of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station at Quantico, VA. After his military career, he taught mathematics in the public schools in northern Virginia and then retired to Jekyll Island, GA. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Morgan Herring; son, George William Herring of Dunwoody, GA; daughters, Elisabeth Herring Colquohoun, of Sharpsburg, GA, and Margaret Herring Keogh of Corvallis, OR; 3 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. Graveside services were held Friday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Rev. J. Dean Phelps officiated. Memorials may be made to the Colonnade and Pavilion Endowment Foundation in honor of George W. Herring, attn: Rosie Messer, President, Brandon Wilde, 4275 Owens Road, Evans, GA 30809. Freeman Harris Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.