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Colonel Alan Cawthra Macaulay

January 4, 1937 ~ April 24, 2022 (age 85)

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Colonel Alan Cawthra Macaulay, USMC, Retired, passed away on April 24, 2022 in Boca Raton, Florida.  Alan was a decorated war hero who served his country with great honor.  He was the warmest, most generous, and devoted husband, father and friend we will ever know.

Alan was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut on January 4, 1937 to Ernest and Mae Macaulay. He started his 30 years of military service early, enlisting in the Marine Corps on June 25, 1954 at the young age of 17. He trained as an aviation Jet Engine Mechanic, but within two years was accepted for flight training, and in July 1957 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and a Naval Aviator.

Alan served in various assignments on land and sea in aircraft squadrons in California, North Carolina, Japan, Okinawa, Korea and the Mediterranean. During the early 1960s he supported a number of notable and historic operations. He flew in support of President Eisenhower's visit to Japan and Okinawa, and he supported operations in Corfu, Greece where he had the opportunity to meet Crown Prince Constantine. He served as a capsule recovery pilot for Project Mercury, America's first manned space program, and he flew as part of a four-plane detachment supporting the federal troops sent to insure that James Meredith, the first black student in the University of Mississippi, could safely attend classes. He deployed to Jamaica to fly Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird around the island for the Independence Day Celebrations, and in October 1962 he deployed as part of the Cuban Missile Blockade.

While stationed at Marine Corps Air Station New River in North Carolina, Alan met Petitesa Klenos, a teacher at Camp Lejeune, and they married in 1962. Shortly after, Alan received orders to Hawaii as the Assistant Operations Officer of the 4th Marine Infantry Regiment.

In 1965, Captain Macaulay deployed to Vietnam. During this 13 month tour he flew over 500 combat missions, was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC), the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and twenty four separate air medals.

In 1967 Alan returned stateside to Pensacola, Florida. Now a Major, he taught fixed wing acrobatics and precision flying at the Naval Training Command in Pensacola.

In 1968 Alan deployed again to Vietnam for a second 13 month tour of duty. While there he flew another 400 missions, and was awarded the Silver Star, a second Distinguished Flying Cross and twenty more air medals. By the end of this second Vietnam tour, he had flown a total of over 900 combat missions.

After this Vietnam deployment, Alan returned to Pensacola where he earned a BS degree in Business from the University of West Florida. In 1970 he moved to the west coast, first in command of the Headquarters Squadron, Marine Corps Air Facility, Santa Ana, California, and later as the Commander of Marine Helicopter Squadron HMM 165. While in California, Alan was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, and earned his Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

In 1974, Alan headed to Washington, D.C. where he led the Air Assault Systems Section at HQ Marine Corps, and later attended and graduated from the prestigious Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), at the National Defense University (NDU).

In 1978 Alan deployed overseas as the Executive Officer of the 31st Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU), a two thousand man response team kept at sea and always ready to quickly respond to hostile threats. In 1981 he returned to Washington, DC, was promoted to full Colonel and served a two year tour as the Deputy Director of Operations, National Military Command Center in the Pentagon.

In 1983 Colonel Macaulay deployed overseas one more time, serving as the Commanding Officer of the 31st MAU. After this penultimate position, he returned to Washington for his final assignment as the Executive Assistant to the Marine Corps Director of Aviation. Colonel Macaulay retired in September 1984 after 30 years of service to God, Country and Corps. He retired with full honors, and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his years of dedicated service.

Alan and Petitesa then began the next phase of their lives, moving to Florida in 1986. Alan, along with two business partners, founded Delpar Enterprises, a tire and automotive services company doing business as National Tires Wholesale (NTW) in Palm Beach County. Alan served as president and CEO of this company before selling the business to Sears in 1996.

Now fully retired, Alan had time to take up his two passions, golf and service to the American Hellenic Educational Association (AHEPA). AHEPA honored Alan in 2015 with the award of the AHEPA Military Medal of Honor.

Alan is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Petitesa Klenos, and sons Frank (Kathryn), James, and Michael (Mandy). He is also survived by his brother Donald Macaulay of Madison, WI, and David (Bertha) Macaulay of Lexington, SC. His legacy of devotion, integrity and kindness to family will live on through his six grandchildren, Tyler, Meghan, Alexandra, Hanna, Christopher, and William.

A Visitation will be held from 9:30-10 AM on Thursday, April 28 at St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church where a Funeral Service will begin at 10:00 AM.  Full Military Honors will be conducted outside of the church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be offered in memory of Colonel Alan Macaulay to Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church in Boca Raton, FL or to Hospice by the Sea on Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton, FL.

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April 28, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM
St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church (Boca Raton)

Funeral Service
April 28, 2022

10:00 AM
St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church (Boca Raton)

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