Guthrie makes plans to attend West Point, serve in military
D.J. Guthrie II is part of what is becoming an emerging family tradition — attending a military college.
Guthrie, who plans to attend the U.S. Military Academy this fall in West Point, N.Y., is the second in the family to announce he will be going to a military college.
“West Point has always been a dream of mine, I guess,” said Guthrie, a Frenship Community resident. “It’s been something I’ve been planning on for a while and planning for.”
Guthrie’s brother Pierce, a 2007 Coronado High School graduate, is a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. Pierce decided to attend the academy after looking at Notre Dame and Georgetown campuses.
“He really wanted me to go to the Naval Academy,” said D.J. “I had a tough time with that — like which school to really pursue. After I decided to go to West Point, he’s told me about some of the different things at the Naval Academy. That kind of clued me in to what West Point was like. It will be fun, but challenging at the same time.”
The two academies are traditional rivals in sports, but D.J. doubts it will lead to any brotherly debates.
D.J. looks forward to being up the Atlantic seaboard from Pierce.
“It gives me someone to talk to about (the academy). The two of us are pretty close,” he said.
The Guthrie family has a history of military service. His father, Darrell, was in the Army’s field artillery. He is a battalion commander in the reserves. “He’s given me a lot of advice and has been very helpful.,” said D.J.
His grandfather on his mother’s side, Marvin Rosenstein also served in the Army and through two tours of duty in Vietnam. His paternal grandfather, Vester J. Guthrie, served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
D.J. plans to try out for the Sandhurst team, a nine-person squad which competes in military exercises with other military academies.
D.J. said he would like to join the special forces after he completes his studies at the academy.