Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets
Monstrat Viam!


In Memoriam


HEGARTY, Major General Joseph P. (LTG-MA)

HEGARTY, Major General Joseph P. (LTG-MA), 94, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Duxbury, MA, passed away on January 10, 2019.

LTG Hegarty was the former Commander of the 26th (YANKEE) Infantry Division, Massachusetts Army National Guard, where his motto was “Pursuit of Excellence”.

General Hegarty first enlisted in the Mass Army National Guard in 1939, at the tender age of 15 years, and became a sergeant and sharpshooter before he was released from duty in 1941 due to age minority. He then went on to join the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving in Marshfield, VT, where he learned to be a bulldozer operator and dynamiter. As the CCC wound down in August, 1941, LTG Hegerty enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went on active duty in the Southwest Pacific in the first offensive operation against the Japanese at Guadalcanal, and subsequent operations in New Guinea, New Britain, and Okinawa. He was released from active duty in November, 1945, returned home where he attended and graduated from Suffolk University and its law school.

He retired as Senior Vice President and Counsel, Alliance of American Insurers.

In 1962, he rejoined the Massachusetts Army National Guard, rising through the ranks to a Federally recognized Major General.

Gen. Hegarty was a member of many military organizations: the First Marine Division Association; National Guard Association of Massachusetts; a life member of the Veterans Association of the First Corps of Cadets; the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Association of Massachusetts; the Association of the U.S. Army, and Military Officers Association of America. He was an alumnus of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, and of the Command & General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

He was a distinguished soldier, a proud member of he VAFCC, and an honorable man who will be sorely missed.


O'Malley, Arthur Edward COL (MA)

O'MALLEY, Arthur Edward COL (MA) Retired, passed away Wednesday, December 5, surrounded by his family and friends. Arthur was born and raised in Dorchester, MA. He loved his family and lived his life with gusto. He enjoyed traveling the world and embracing the history of each new city. He was proud to serve his country and valued his work training military personnel to prepare them for deployment. He was honored to be a colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard where he served for over 30 years. He was also the adjutant in the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts leading ceremonial duties and international goodwill missions. COL O’Malley was a long time member of the VAFCC and presently held a position on the Membership Committee and the Nominating Committee. He is survived by his wife Diana, his daughters Laura O'Malley, Maureen Coleman, Victoria Bowen, Emily Browne, and Hannah Browne. He is also survived by his sons-in-law, Scott Blatterman, Thomas Coleman and Shawn Bowen, as well as his cherished grandchildren Olivia Kathleen Coleman and Theodore Arthur Blatterman, his sister Patsy Bolduc, and his brother Gerald O'Malley. Interment with military honors at was held at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne.


Davenport, Robert Coolidge, Major General (MA)

Major General (MA) Bob Davenport passed on February 15, 2017, at the age of 95 years. He was the beloved husband of the late Annetta Marion (Barrus) Davenport and father of Robert C. Davenport, Jr. He was the loving grandfather of Nathaniel Coolidge Davenport and dear brother of the late Charles Davenport and Richard Robinson Davenport. MG Davenport is also survived by his loving companion Polly Kameese and her family of Framingham. MG Davenport served in the US Army during WWII from 1943 – 46 in both the European and Pacific theaters of operations. He joined the Army Reserve and retired in 1978 as a colonel. He then joined the Massachusetts National Guard as the commander of the 3rd Brigade Military Police unit where he served for 5-1/2 years before retiring as a Major General. He was an active member of Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets, serving most recently on the Prudential Committee as its chair.



Craig W.C. Brown, Curator

Craig Brown of Cambridge, MA, died on March 2, 2016, at the age of 76. Mr. Brown was a librarian at Boston University Libraries for many years until his retirement in 2005. Mr. Brown also acted as Director of the First Corps of Cadets (FCC) Museum, Boston, from 1970 until his passing, leaving behind many permanent exhibits. Mr. Brown was also instrumental in transferring the manuscript and book collection of the FCC and the Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets (VAFCC) to the professional care of the Howard Gotleib Archival Research Center of the Mugar Library at Boston University. The VAFCC/FCC Museum at 227 Commonwealth Avenue is a testament to his creativity and commitment. It was his life’s project. Fixing his memory permanently to the collections that he valued, Mr. Brown bequeathed to the Museum the proceeds of the auctions of his magnificent personal collection of military firearms and artifacts. The proceeds have been invested to fund The Craig W. C. Brown Curatorship. Mr. Brown’s wife, Margaret Goostray of Cambridge, worked with the VAFCC Collections committee to facilitate the auctions and the transfer of the proceeds to the Craig W.C. Brown fund of the VAFCC. Craig’s ashes were interred at a graveside service in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA on Thursday, October 6, at 12 pm. Mr. Brown can be said to have lived and died by the motto of the First Corps of Cadets, Monstrat Viam!


Richter, Thomas E., Colonel, MAARNG

Colonel (Ret.) Tom Richter, age 73, died suddenly, December 4th, 2015. Son of the late Klara Franziska "Frances" Schulz Richter, brother of the late Frank Richter, COL Richter is survived by his wife Svetlana, daughter Patricia Richter of Dedham, daughter Wendy Richter of Millbury, and granddaughter Ivy Richter of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He retired as a Colonel afer a career in the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard. He was an active member of the Veteran Association of the First Corps of Cadets, and served as Adjunct in The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Tom Richter served one term as president of the VAFCC and several years on the Board of Directors.


Hurley, William Bennett, Brigadier General (MA)

BG Bill Hurley, of Winthrop, MA passed away on Sept 15, 2014 at the age of 74. Bill was a lifelong educator who taught for 30 years at Winthrop High School before becoming Dean of Professional Studies at Endicott College. He served for 40 years in the Army and MA National Guard, retiring as a Brigadier General (MA). He earned his BS in Mathematics and Masters in Education from Northeastern University, MBA from Anna Maria College and Doctorate in Education from Johnson and Wales University. Bill founded Commonwealth Clinical Services Home Health Care Agency in 2005 and served as its CEO. Dr. Hurley was also an Adjunct Professor at North Shore and Cambridge Colleges and continued to teach until his passing. General Hurley was past President of the First Corp of Cadets and member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company and Sons of Italy. Bill was the beloved husband of Sandra Jean (Olson) for 48 years. Bill was a powerful presence on the VAFCC Board for many years, promoting many initiatives that continue to benefit the organization to the present day.