Jerry Curry for President 2008
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Major General Jerry R. Curry

US Army, Retired



Jerry R. Curry is a statesman, a courageous soldier, a diplomat, and a government leader. Curry is a man of great intelligence, integrity, honesty, and proven character.  He is a person who has taken a stand for his country and devoted his life in its service.  He is a person who has lived out in practice what others just seem to talk about.


Jerry R. Curry was born in Liberty, Pennsylvania, to father Jesse Aaron Curry, a steel worker and part-time farmer, and to mother Reverend Marion Mercer Shiflet Curry. As a young boy, Curry joined the Boy Scouts.  He took on the Boy Scout oath as his own personal credo,


            “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and to my country, to obey the Scout law.  To help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight…to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”


These character qualities represent not only what Curry sought to emulate as a young boy, but what he has become as a man.  In high school, Curry had the opportunity to attend an American Legion program called “Boys’ State.” This was a program that gave him one of his first experiences in leadership.  It was here he learned that, “America’s republican form of government requires leadership, integrity, and a willingness to consider the other person’s point of view.”


In 1950, Curry graduated from high school and nine months later he enlisted in the armed services. Along with a half-dozen other volunteers, he raised his right hand and repeated the oath of service:


            “I, Jerry R. Curry, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the uniform code of military justice. So help me God!”


Curry wore the army uniform for nearly 34 years of active military service.  During that time he rose from Private to General. He was described as “The ablest tactical commander in the entire American army.”


Curry attended Ranger, Airborne, and Army Aviation training.  He served and trained at Camp Roberts, California; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Gary Air Force Base near San Marcos, Texas; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Fort Drum, New York; Presidio of Monterey, California; Fort Lewis in Washington State; Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania,  throughout the United States and the world.


General Curry fought in the War in Vietnam.  He has seen first hand what happens when an enemy is given a safe haven to grow, train and export terrorism. He knows from years of experience what happens on the battlefield.


He has also served this country by assisting in the government in three federal administrations. He served as: Military Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Carter administration; Acting Press Secretary to the Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration; and Administrator of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration in the Bush Sr. administration.


Curry knows how to make decisions, he knows how to work both nationally and internationally, and he is a person of principle.  Curry has a deep faith in God that has guided him throughout his entire life.  It is not a faith conjured up for the favor of religious people, but a faith that plays an integral role in his everyday life.


Curry also has a broad educational background.  He completed his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, his M. A. in International Relations from Boston University, and his Doctorate from Luther Rice University.


Curry is passionate in his patriotism, his love of family, and his love of history and music. He is an accomplished opera singer. In all, Jerry R. Curry is: 

  • A Proven Leader.

  • A Person with Solid Core Values.

  • A Person of Strong Moral Character.

  • A Person of Principle.

  • A Strong Decision-Maker.

  • A Person of Action.

  • A Person who knows what to do in situations of crisis.

  • A Person with a clear understanding of international affairs.

  • A Person who has a sincere love for his nation, having served it his whole life.

  • A Statesman who truly seeks to serve his nation, not a politician who is advancing his own power position.

  • A Person of wisdom, which has come from years of experience in the military, in government, and in business.

  • A Person who believes in the empowerment of the people, not the control of the people.

  • A Person of Faith.


Jerry Curry and his late wife, Charlene, have four children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Their mixed racial and cultural ancestry represents a rich cross section of many backgrounds—as colorful as America itself—having descended from American slaves and freemen, Native Americans, French, Irish and Scottish.


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...General Curry's extraordinary life story as he rises from private to general; from Korea to Vietnam to Europe and on to serve three presidents.
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By Jerry R. Curry