MACGILLIS, Major John D.
c/o Building 52419
John ("Mac") is a single, conservative,
by-the-book Major in the United States
Marine Corps. Born in Snake River
Mississippi, John grew up on his parents
farm, attended Vanderbilt College as a
history major, joined the Marines and
served three tours in Vietnam. Then, he met
The Major & Family
Polly is a widowed liberal (pacifist) journalist
who works as a reporter for the Oceanside
Chronicle. She was married to Sandy Cooper and
in her youth wrote for a radical magazine called
What’s Left. Polly met John when she interviewed
him for a newspaper article on September 11th.
They began dating and married on October 11th.
As a romantic gesture, John gives Polly flowers
on the 11th of every month.
John, a lifelong bachelor, soon moved into
Polly’s house and began to share the lives of
Polly’s three daughters: Elizabeth, Robin and
Casey as well as the family pets, Lemon, a bird
(who dies) and Claudette, a turtle.
Elizabeth is thirteen and attends Keefer High
School [later Hollister Base High School]. Her
little toes are double jointed. Robin, eleven
and Casey, six, both attended Martin Elementary
School [later Hollister Base School]. Robin is a
tomboy, likes to play baseball and basketball
and ran for president of her student council.
Casey is still into dolls including Henrietta,
Ruby, Whoobie (a plush toy) and Mr. Smithers (a
In the fall of 1990, the MacGillis family
transferred to Camp Hollister in Farlow, VA
[House 485] John now worked as the staff
secretary to General Marcus Craig and Polly gets
hired at the camp newspaper The Bulldog, writing
the human interest column "At Ease." Eventually,
John adopted Polly’s children on 5/31/91 at
which time they dropped their Cooper surname in
favor of MacGillis.
The Major Trying to Control the Troops
Some MacGillis Trivia:
- In Oceanside, the MacGillis family
drives a station wagon - license plate 638 574 (2RW 308 in Virginia).
- The Major enjoys chess
and martial arts.
- As a boy, he stole a watch and
in later life made amends for his transgression.
- In an effort to better himself, the Major takes
piano lessons and enrolls in night school. To
earn extra money, he moonlights as a service
- The Major left on a secret
mission and later contemplated quitting the
Corps when denied a promotion.
- The Major met
Vice President Quayle on the 215th anniversary
of the Marine Corps.
- The Major posed as a "hunk"
for a Camp Hollister "Ideal Serviceman"
- The Major realizes a lifelong dream
and performs in the US Marine Corps Silent Drill
- Constant threats of Defense cutbacks and
camp closures upset the Major's daily routine.
When a real estate developer threatens to shut
down the camp, the discovery of an endangered
nesting turtle on the camp grounds thwarts the
- On the family front, the Persian Gulf
War interrupts the family's routine when John
prepared to leave for overseas. Casey loses one
of the Major's prized medals.
- Elizabeth hits the
General's antique MG while learning to drive.
- Polly gets sent to jail to protect her story
- When she arrives in Farlow, Virginia,
Polly decides to runs for Mayor.
- The Major takes the family on a camping
trip and on a last-minute trip to Hawaii.
- Polly's morning sickness fools the
Major into thinking he was to be a father.
- When Polly is bedridden, the Major writes
an article on raising children, much to
- In an attempt to fit in with the other
camp spouses, Polly endures a
survival-training day of Marine wives.
- And, Polly's former boyfriend, Evan
Charters appears and asks her to co-write a
book, which, of course, makes John jealous.
Polly was jealous of John's ex-girlfriend Lt.
Colonel Maggie Connell who had romantic
designs on the now married Major.
Major John D.
Sergeant Alva "Gunny" Bricker
2nd Lt. Gene
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