election to a leadership post in the U.S. House. Twice last fall, too, when Harry III was a Republican nominee for Congress, he himself had occasion to meet President Ford when the party's titular leader was giving a campaign boost to GOP candi- dates in Washington. On one of those oc- casions he and the other Republican Congressional candidates were lined up to have their photos snapped with the Presi- dent in the Oval Office. As the Secret Servicemen were about to lead McMullan away, he mentioned to President Ford that he was the namesake of his former Caro- lina classmate. "It was like a light bulb turning on as he remembered," young McMullan said. As a lieutenant (j.g.) in World War II, Gerald Ford's return to Chapel Hill has been well-remembered by other Carolin
lumni. He was a platoon officer in the initial 1942 cadre of the U.S. Naval Pre- Flight School on the UNC campus. His roommate in self-styled bachelor quarters at Chapel Hill was Ens. Bill McCachren '39, also a platoon officer and now N.C. State Director of Selective Service in Ra- leigh (Alumni Review, January 1974). Their roommate in a rented one-room cabin owned by Pharmacy Prof. Henry Burlage in the Hidden Hills neighborhood was Ensign Earl Ruth '38, later Ford's colleague as a Congressman 1968-74. McCachren recalled Ford as "adamn good boy .. . like an old shoe ... but he wasn't
of '38-Gerald Ford
and classmate Harry McMullan Jr. [right)
on Pamlico River, Washington, N.C.
one to carouse around and get stinking
drunk." Ford's contribution to their do-
mestic life then was usually to wash the
dishes after he (McCachren) had done the
Another Carolina alumnus has kept up
through the years with his old friend,
Gerry Ford, from an entirely different and
earlier era. He's former UNC Football
Coach George Barclay '34, the Tar Heels'
first All-American. As a guard, Barclay
lined up beside Gerry Ford in the 1934
East-West All-Star Shrine Bowl football
classic. When Barclay was later a coach at
Dartmouth he occasionally saw Ford at
Yale. He wired him congratulations when
he became Vice President: "Just keep
centering the ball straight back!"
Harry McMullan III
THE WHITE HOUSE
November 5, 1974
Dear Mr. Giduz:
My good friend and former colleague, Congressman L. H.
Fountain, has forwarded your letter requesting infor-
mation concerning the time I spent at the University
at Chapel Hill in 1938.
I have responded to each of your questions in hand-
writing and I am returning your letter to you herewith
--keeping a copy for my files.
I hope this information will be helpful to you.
University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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