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The Buckingham resident George McCullough, center, is flanked by long-time friend John Taylor, left, and Spencer Gutierrez, representing US Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX).

The Buckingham in Houston recently hosted a ceremony where resident George McCullough was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in front of family and friends.

The medal is the highest civilian award and is given to individuals who performed outstanding service to the security, prosperity and national interest of the United States. McCullough is a veteran of World War II.

McCullough  joined the Navy Seals when he was 18 and was sent to midshipman’s school, where he was commissioned as an ensign. Afterward, he attended boat training school in Miami, where he learned how to operate high-speed crash boats.

McCullough then was selected to work on Operation FEU. The purpose of the operation was to infiltrate Japan to gather beach intelligence. According to The Buckingham, he was among the team that developed the Gimik semi-submersible submarine used for the project. The submarine is now housed at the National Museum of the US Navy in Washington, DC. 

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