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DAR honors Bel Air’s 'Capt’n’ Jim McMahon as its outstanding veteran volunteer for 2020

James "Capt'n Jim" McMahon was recognized by the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution as its Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2020.
James "Capt'n Jim" McMahon was recognized by the Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution as its Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2020. (HANDOUT)

The Maryland State Society Daughters of the American Revolution selected Bel Air’s James V. McMahan, Jr., retired Colonel and former Harford County Councilman, as its Outstanding Veteran Volunteer for 2020.

The Governor William Paca Chapter NSDAR, nominated McMahan, also known as “Capt’n Jim," a nickname given to him during his radio talk show days, for volunteering thousands of hours to honor and improve the lives of veterans, servicemen and women over the past several decades.

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“I remain speechless having received this incredible honor while at the same time looking at the many needs of our returning veterans," McMahon said when told of his selection. “Although I am most appreciative of the recognition awarded me by MSSDAR, it serves as a reminder of how much work needs to be done for the men and women returning from our various war zones. The stress of the battlefield has always been present with our servicemen and women, but today’s missions are more complex than even my generation can grasp.”

MSSDAR submitted his nomination package to National Society DAR in Washington, DC, in which he competed among hundreds nationwide for the National medal which was presented during NSDAR’s June 2020 Continental Congress.

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MSSDAR was to have honored McMahon during its 115th State Conference at the Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City in late August. State Regent Maureen Tipton provided a donation, on behalf of Capt’n Jim, for the Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Memorial American Legion Post 55, Bel Air.

The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War.

DAR members are committed to volunteer service having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years. The Governor William Paca Chapter, DAR, based primarily in the Bel Air area, currently has 94 members. Membership is open to any woman who can document participation by her direct ancestor in the American Revolution, either in combat or in some other capacity.

Information on the Chapter is available from Chapter Registrar Lisa Johnson at 573-586-6171.

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