Gerry (Gerald) McMahon DSM, Lieutenant General (retired), a native of Limerick, entered the Cadet School in the Curragh in 1953. He served in the Defence Forces for forty-five years, retiring in August 1998 as Chief of Staff. He served overseas with the 37th Infantry Battalion in the Congo, 21st Infantry Group in Cyprus, 44th Infantry Battalion in the Lebanon. He spent two years as an Observer with UNTSO (United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation) in the Middle East and also served in the UN Headquarters in New York. He oversaw a period of major reorganisation in the Defence Forces. Lt Gen McMahon was interviewed for the Military Archives Oral History Project in December 2016 and February 2017.