McMurtry, George, CPT

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Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1918-1919, HHC, 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1898 - 1919



Two Overseas Service Bars

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Date of Passing
Nov 22, 1958
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Wound Chevron (1917-1932)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1918, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1918, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 308th Infantry, 77th Division.Place and date: At Charlevaux, in the forest of Argonne, France, 2-8 October 1918. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 6 November 1876, Pittsburgh, Pa. G.O. No.: 118, W.D., 1918. 

Commanded a battalion which was cut off and surrounded by the enemy and although wounded in the knee by shrapnel on 4 October and suffering great pain, he continued throughout the entire period to encourage his officers and men with a resistless optimism that contributed largely toward preventing panic and disorder among the troops, who were without food, cut off from communication with our lines. On 4 October during a heavy barrage, he personally directed and supervised the moving of the wounded to shelter before himself seeking shelter. On 6 October he was again wounded in the shoulder by a German grenade, but continued personally to organize and direct the defense against the German attack on the position until the attack was defeated. He continued to direct and command his troops, refusing relief, and personally led his men out of the position after assistance arrived before permitting himself to be taken to the hospital on 8 October. During this period the successful defense of the position was due largely to his efforts.

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In 2001, U.S. television channel A&E made a television movie called The Lost Battalion
based on accounts of the battle. In that portrayal Capt. McMurtry is played by Phil McKee

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1898, State ARNG (ARNG OCS)
 Unit Assignments
E Company, 52nd Infantry (LRRP) U.S. ArmyArmy ReserveHHC, 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry Regiment
  1898-1898, E Company, 52nd Infantry (LRRP)
  1899-1918, Break in Service
  1918-1919, 77th Infantry Division (RTU)
  1918-1919, HHC, 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan Hill
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Kettle Hill
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
 Colleges Attended 
Harvard University
  1895-1899, Harvard University
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