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COL Andrew J. McVeigh III, 33°
NP #69 (2005-06)
LOH #50 (2015)

Personal: Andrew J. McVeigh III was born in 1934 to Andrew II and Alice McVeigh. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg State College in Pennsylvania.  During his life, he was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America as both a youth and adult, and  received the BSA Silver Beaver Award.  He was also active in the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) and in supporting Youth Leadership Conferences in support of not only MOWW, but also National Sojourners and Youth as well.

Uniformed Service: 2LT Andrew J. McVeigh III entered the U.S. Army in 1956 and received his commission through Officers’ Candidate School.  During his career, he served in various capacities at the Pentagon and as an OCS and ROTC instructor. He commanded a firing battery in the 337th Field Artillery in Germany and a Basic Combat Training company in the 9th Battalion, 2d Basic Combat Training Regiment at Fort Jackson, near Columbia, South Carolina. He was the Operations Officer (S-3) of the 1-21st Field Artillery in Vietnam, the Division Artillery Adjutant in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, the Division Artillery Executive Officer at the 2d Infantry Division Artillery in Korea and the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. His battalion command was the 1-21st Field Artillery at Fort Hood, Texas. After serving as the Deputy Commander of the VII Corps Artillery, he assumed command of the 17th Field Artillery Brigade in Augsburg, Germany. He was also the Director of Course Development and Training at the Field Artillery School.  COL Andrew J. McVeigh III retired with 30 years’ service in 1986.  His military decorations include two Legions of Merit, a Bronze Star Medal, and many other awards.

Masonic History: Brother COL Andrew J. McVeigh, 33°, was raised a Master Mason in Solomon Lodge #822 in Stuttgart, West Germany on 26 June 1963 as courtesy work for Park Place Lodge #1172 in Houston, Texas. He was also a member of Parsons Lodge #222 in Austin, Texas, where he served as Master. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas, he was very active 33° Inspector General Honorary in the Austin Valley of the Scottish Rite (A.A.S.R.-SJ).  In York Rite, he was a member of Lone Star Chapter #6, Royal Arch Masons; Austin Council #2, Royal and Select Masters; and Colorado Commandery #40, Knights Templar.  In Shrine (A.A.O.N.M.S.), he was a member of Ben Hur Shrine in Austin, Texas.  He was also a member of the Texas Lodge of Research, the Philalethes Society, and the Grotto (M.O.V.P.E.R.).

National Sojourners:  Brother COL Andrew J. McVeigh III, 33°,  joined National Sojourners in Fort Hood Chapter #208 in 1975 and was an MMIP member of 30 Chapters.  After his retirement and move to Austin, Texas, his primary Chapter became Anson Jones #507.  At the national level, he was elected to the Committee of 33 in 2000, serving until 2001, when he was elected to the National Progressive Line.  He served as National President 2005-2006.  In 2006, he was elected to the Honor Awards Committee, and in 2008, he was elected to the National Trustees, where he served until 2017.  He was elected to the Sojourner Ritual Committee in 2009.   Brother McVeigh received the Legion of Honor in 2015.  In addition to elected positions, he also served on the Americanism and Fraternal Liaison Committees.  He was also a member of the Royal Order of the Barrow Wheelers. During his term as National President, Brother COL Andrew J. McVeigh III, 33°, chartered four Chapters:  Mustang #542, Shenandoah Valley #543, Northern Indiana #544, and William Hooper #546.

Brother COL Andrew J. McVeigh laid down his working tools on 31May 2024 in Austin, Texas.