McBride, Horace Logan, LTG

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Lieutenant General
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00GC-Commanding General
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General Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1954, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Service Years
1916 - 1954
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Lieutenant General

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Home Town
Madison, NE
Last Address
Madison, NE

Date of Passing
Nov 14, 1962
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Sect 2.

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Lieutenant General Horace L. McBride, United States Army (retired) died on November 14, 1962, at the U. S. Air Force Hospital, Orlando Air Force Base, Florida., at 68 years of age.

General McBride was born in Madison, Nebraska, 28 June 1894. He was graduated from the U. S. Military Academy June 13, 1916, appointed a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery and assigned to the Eighth Field Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas. In May 1917, General McBride was transferred to Camp Robinson at Sparta, Wisconsin for a brief period. He served as an instructor at the Officers Training Camp, Fort Myer, Virginia, from June to August 1917, and then joined the Sixth Field Artillery Training Battalion there. In December 1917, he sailed for France.

After attending the First Army Corps School, General McBride was on the staff at Army Artillery Headquarters and joined the staff of the Chief of Artillery in June 1918. He became a Battalion Commander of the 347th Field Artillery, 91st Division, in August 1918, and participated in the Meuse-Argone Offensive. In February 1919, he joined the Provost Marshal General's Department in France and in June 1919, went to The Hague, Holland, as an assistant military attaché. He moved to Warsaw, Poland, in the same capacity in October 1919.

In July 1921, General McBride assumed command of a battalion of the 15th Field Artillery at Camp Travis, Texas. He enrolled in the advanced course at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in September 1922, and was graduated in June 1923. For the next four years he was a Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Yale University. He was graduated from the Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in June 1928, and assigned as an instructor at the Field Artillery School at Fort Sill.

General McBride, in July 1932, was assigned with the 24th Field Artillery at Camp Stotsenburg, Philippine Islands, and remained there until January' 1935. His next assignment was as executive officer of the 16th Field Artillery at Fort Myer. On August 1935, he enrolled in the Army War College, was graduated in June 1936, and then served as an instructor at the Command and General Staff School for four years. He joined the Second Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Clayton, Panama Canal Zone, in May 1940, and from September 1940, until June 1941, was commanding officer of that battalion. He then became operations officer of the Panama Canal Department.

In April 1942, General McBride was assigned to the Army War College for duty with the Army Ground Forces at the Headquarters of Special Troops. In May 1942, he became artillery commander of the 80th Infantry Division at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and in March 1943 became commanding general. In July 1944, he accompanied this division for duty in Europe.

The 80th Division joined the Third Army in Normandy on August 8, 1944, and served continuously with it in the sweep across France, Luxembourg and Germany to contact with the Russian Army on the Enns River in Austria. The 80th assisted in closing the Falaise Gap at Argentan, established the first American bridgehead across the Moselle River, breached the Maginot line in France, drove deep into the south flank of Von Rundstedt's armies in the bulge, penetrated the Siegfried Line east of Luxembourg City, made an assault crossing of the Rhine at Mainz. In the closing weeks of combat, the 80th swept east to Chemnitz before turning south into Austria, where it received the surrender of the Sixth German Army.

General McBride was the only division commander in World War II who trained and continued on through the entire war with the same outfit.

General McBride assumed command of the 20th Corps on 1 October 1945 and handled occupational duties in Southern Bavaria until the Corps was deactivated. In February 1946, he assumed command of the Ninth Division, which shared responsibility of occupational duties with the First Division in the American Zone of Germany.

The Ninth Division was deactivated in January 1947, and General McBride assumed command of the First Service Command at Boston, Massachusetts In August 1947, he became chief of the U. S. Army Group of the American Mission for Aid to Turkey, with station at Ankara. In October 1950, he became commandant of the Command and General Staff College.

On 1 April 1952, General McBride became Commander-in-Chief of the Caribbean Command, with station at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone. In June 1954, he was assigned to Office Chief of Staff, and retired from active service on June 30, 1954.

General McBride has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Silver Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star Medal. His foreign decorations include the Polish Cross of the Brave; the French Legion of Honor (degree of Officer), and Croix de Guerre with Palm and Star; the Luxembourg Croix de Guerre and the Russian Order of Alexander Novsky and Order of War of Fatherland.

The General was buried with full military honors on Nov. 16 in Arlington National Cemetery. Present at the interment were Major General Max Johnson, Lieutenant Colonels George N. Craig, Edward R. Fleisher and E. Coe Kerr - all former members of his staff; Kenneth Campbell, who for four years was the General's driver, and Major General H. Dudley Ives, Deputy Inspector General of the Army, formerly of the 319th Infantry.

He is survived by his mother, residing in his native State of Nebraska, and His wife Irene, of Maitland, Florida.

R T Murrell, PNC Secretary/Editor 80th Division Veterans Association

Published in Blue Ridge, The Service Magazine Official Publication of the 80th Division Veterans Association.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1912, US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School8th Field Artillery Battalion6th Field Artillery BattalionU.S. Army
91st Infantry DivisionDefense Attache Office (USDAO), Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)HQ, US Army Cadet CommandCommand and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)24th Field Artillery BattalionPhilippine Ground Forces16th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
Army War College (Staff)Panama Canal DepartmentArmy Ground Forces80th Infantry Division
XX Corps9th Infantry Division1st Service CommandUnited States European Command (USEUCOM)
Caribbean Defense CommandOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1912-1916, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1916-1917, 8th Field Artillery Battalion
  1917-1917, 6th Field Artillery Battalion
  1917-1918, American Expeditionary Force
  1918-1919, 347th Field Artillery Battalion
  1918-1919, 91st Infantry Division
  1919-1921, United States Defense Attache Office, Warsaw, Poland, Defense Attache Office (USDAO)
  1921-1922, 15th Field Artillery Battalion
  1922-1923, Field Artillery Officers' Advance Course
  1923-1927, HQ, US Army Cadet Command
  1927-1928, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1928-1932, Field Artillery Center & School (Staff)
  1932-1935, 24th Field Artillery Battalion
  1932-1935, Philippine Ground Forces
  1935-1935, 16th Armored Field Artillery Battalion
  1935-1936, Army War College (Staff)
  1936-1940, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1940-1941, 2nd Field Artillery Battalion
  1941-1942, Panama Canal Department
  1942-1942, Army Ground Forces
  1942-1945, 80th Infantry Division
  1945-1946, XX Corps
  1946-1947, 9th Infantry Division
  1947-1947, 1st Service Command
  1947-1950, Office of Defense Cooperation - Turkey (ODC-T), United States European Command (USEUCOM)
  1950-1952, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1952-1954, Caribbean Defense Command
  1954-1954, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 Meuse-Argonne Campaign/Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Phase 1
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Northern France Campaign (1944)/Falaise Pocket
  1944-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Advance to the Rhine
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
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United States Military Academy
  1912-1916, United States Military Academy
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