VVMF board member William Murdy has been selected as a 2015 West Point Distinguished Graduate. The Distinguished Graduate Award (DGA) is given to graduates of the United States Military Academy whose character, distinguished service, and stature draw wholesome comparison to the qualities for which West Point strives, in keeping with its motto: “Duty, Honor, Country.”
A 1964 graduate of West Point, Murdy served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1974. His service includes one year in the Dominican Republic with the 82nd Airborne, two years in Vietnam with the Corps of Engineers and 173rd Airborne Brigade, and three years teaching economics at West Point. He left active duty as a Major and continued his service in the Army Reserves. After serving three tours in combat theaters, including Vietnam, Mr. Murdy had a highly successful 40-year civilian career as the CEO for several for-profit entities and public and private corporations. He also dedicated himself to advancing veterans affairs in unpaid capacities.
“Bill has brought infectious enthusiasm and unparalleled business acumen to our efforts, which will succeed in large measure because of the contribution of his unique combination of skills,” said VVMF board member, Major General and Ambassador Robert Kimmitt ’69 (Retired).
Murdy has also brought these qualities as a leader to five West Point Societies and served on numerous WPAOG committees, including one for which he advanced the construction of the Herbert Alumni Center, West Point’s home for its graduates.
William Murdy has also been involved with VVMF, trying to build the Education Center at The Wall, from the start. The Vietnam veteran and former Chairman of Comfort Systems USA provided some of the initial funding to begin the project. Like others, Murdy has accepted the challenge to become part of the Faces Never Forgotten campaign, and has contributed in honor of his 23 fallen 1964 West Point classmates.
VVMF could not be more excited for Murdy's most recent honor. A ceremony recognizing his accomplishment will be on May 19th.