Retired Murray State professor and Vietnam veteran Doc McGaughey has died

Bob McGaughey recalls his time serving in the Vietnam War.

MURRAY, KY — Vietnam War veteran and retired Murray State University professor Robert “Doc” McGaughey has passed away.

Murray State Board of Regents Chairwoman Susan Guess says McGaughey passed away around 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday at the University of Louisville Medical Center after a short, severe illness. A 1965 graduate of the the university, McGaughey was the chairman of the Murray State Department of Journalism and Mass Communications for more than two decades and taught journalism there for more than 40 years.

In September of last year, McGaughey talked with Local 6’s Todd Faulkner about his service in Vietnam. He served in Vietnam from October 1966 to October 1967. He was with the 19th PYSOPS, or psychological operations company. He recalled air missions in which he helped drop leaflets over enemy territory, trying to influence members of the Viet Cong to surrender. McGaughey shared stories of two close calls he had during the war. Recalling one of those instances, McGaughey said “We took fire, and (the pilot) took a bullet through the leg, and I thought ‘You know, if he goes down, I don’t know how to fly this plane.'”

But the plane did not go down. After his service, McGaughey returned to home and earned a master’s degree at Murray State and a doctorate at Ohio University before going on to each journalism at his alma mater.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been set. If you missed our story on McGaughey’s service in Veitnam, we have included the video of it above. Click here to see the original article, which also includes extended interviews with him about his service.

In addition to his military service, McGaughey also served others at home. In 2016, he was named one of 20 volunteers of the year by the fraternity Pi Kappa Alpha, of which he was an alumnus.

In 2012, he was inducted into the Kentucky  Journalism Hall of Fame in Lexington.