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 George Lafayette Mabry, Jr

George Lafayette Mabry, Jr

Birth
Stateburg, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Death 13 Jul 1990 (aged 72)
Stateburg, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Stateburg, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 7816103 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Unuted States Army during World War II as a Lieutenant Colonel in command of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in for action on November 20, 1944 at Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany. His citation reads "During the early phases of the assault, the leading elements of his battalion were halted by a minefield and immobilized by heavy hostile fire. Advancing alone into the mined area, Col. Mabry established a safe route of passage. He then moved ahead of the foremost scouts, personally leading the attack, until confronted by a boobytrapped double concertina obstacle. With the assistance of the scouts, he disconnected the explosives and cut a path through the wire. Upon moving through the opening, he observed 3 enemy in foxholes whom he captured at bayonet point. Driving steadily forward he paced the assault against 3 log bunkers which housed mutually supported automatic weapons. Racing up a slope ahead of his men, he found the initial bunker deserted, then pushed on to the second where he was suddenly confronted by 9 onrushing enemy. Using the butt of his rifle, he felled 1 adversary and bayoneted a second, before his scouts came to his aid and assisted him in overcoming the others in hand-to-hand combat. Accompanied by the riflemen, he charged the third bunker under pointblank small arms fire and led the way into the fortification from which he prodded 6 enemy at bayonet point. Following the consolidation of this area, he led his battalion across 300 yards of fire-swept terrain to seize elevated ground upon which he established a defensive position which menaced the enemy on both flanks, and provided his regiment a firm foothold on the approach to the Cologne Plain. Col. Mabry's superlative courage, daring, and leadership in an operation of major importance exemplify the finest characteristics of the military service." His Medal was awarded to him in September 1945. He remained in the United States Army after World War II, and rose to the rank of Major General.


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Medal of Honor. Maj Gen US Army World War II


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 7816103
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Lafayette Mabry, Jr (14 Sep 1917–13 Jul 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7816103, citing Church of the Holy Cross Cemetery, Stateburg, Sumter County, South Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .