Carlos Andres “Chuck” McCrary
Carlos McCrary was born in Adams Springs, Texas. His father is a native Texan and a farmer and his mother was born in Mexico and is a large-animal veterinarian. Chuck’s parents met when they both attended Texas A & M University—he, studying for a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, and she, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Chuck’s mother was born to a ranching family near Mexico City and, as a result of that, she and Chuck both have dual citizenship in Mexico and the United States.
Chuck spent a month with his Mexican grandparents every summer when he was a boy and is fluent in Spanish. He also spent a summer in college back-packing around Spain.
At Theodore Roosevelt High School in Adams Springs, Chuck was starting tight end on the Rough Riders football team. His team won the Texas State 3-AAA Championship his senior year.
After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt, Chuck joined the U.S. Army and became a Sergeant in the Special Forces. He served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star as a member of Operational Detachment Alpha 777, Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Team 7. The story of how he won his Bronze Star is told in “I’m No Hero”.
Chuck mustered out of the Army and attended the University of Florida, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology. Chuck became a patrolman with the Port City Police Department and worked his way up to being a detective before leaving to start McCrary Investigations.