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Colonel John W. Guy* -- 2007 Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Science - 1959 - Geology
Semper Fidelis (always faithful), the motto of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), is how many of his friends describe Colonel John W. Guy. “I could spend much time and fill numerous pages listing Colonel Guy’s education, accomplishments, work, and endeavors in service clubs and organizations, as well as his exemplary accomplishments in the military,” notes Milford Eversole, Powell. “I would rather spend my efforts on the qualities of the gentleman that endear him to so many. These qualities are genuine pride in, understanding of, and willingness to promote the state and the University of Wyoming. He is most definitely Wyoming born, Wyoming bred, and Wyoming proud.”
After a tour in the USMC as a sergeant and after receiving a bachelor’s degree in geology in 1959, Guy continued his 38-year career as a Marine commissioned officer. Over the course of three decades, he fulfilled his military duties stateside and in Cuba (during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis), Vietnam, the Philippines,
Japan, and Korea. Guy first served in Vietnam in 1964 as a junior advisor to the Vietnamese Marines as part of the “In Country Training Program,” then as an infantry and battalion and regimental senior advisor to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Guy chose to return to Vietnam as the assistant plans officer, 3rd Marine Brigade, between 1970 and 1971. He received many decorations and commendations throughout his career, including the Silver Star (the 3rd highest award for valor), the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart. Guy studied Asian history and received a master’s degree from the University of San Diego.
Following his extraordinary military service, Guy and his wife Darlene (parents of three grown children and two grandchildren), both Wyoming natives, returned home, taking up residence in Powell. Dedicated to community service, Guy is active in Rotary Club and other community activities. In 1999, he was elected president of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association, and Guy’s name became synonymous with UW, as he traveled throughout the state and region promoting the university. “In all of his civic and charitable endeavors, John Guy grabs you like a Marine drill instructor and he won’t let go until the mission is accomplished,” says Ray B. Hunkins. Fred Reckling, M.D., adds, “With his positive ‘can-do’ attitude, his character, his education and training, and his indefatigable energy, Colonel Guy is an exemplary citizen of the United States and Wyoming and an individual that A&S can be proud to honor as ‘one of our best.’”
*In Loving Memory