Sumter military order named for Medal of Honor recipient

09/24/2013 8:51 PM

03/14/2015 8:31 AM

The Sumter chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart has been renamed in honor of a Sumter native who received the Medal of Honor.

Chapter 817 is now the Gen. George L. Mabry Jr. Chapter after receiving approval from the MOPH national commander.

Mabry enlisted in the Army in 1940 and served throughout World War II. He landed on Utah Beach during the Normandy invasion and received his Medal of Honor for actions during the American push into Germany.

He was leading a battalion into the Hurtgen Forest when he faced nine onrushing German soldiers. Mabry felled one with the butt of his rifle and bayoneted another before his troops came to his aid, then crossed 300 feet of fire-swept terrain to capture an elevated German position.

Mabry went on to serve as a regimental commander in the 31st Infantry Regiment during the Korean War and was chief of staff and assistant deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Forces in Vietnam. He was also commanding general of the Panama Canal Zone before he retired in 1975 with the rank of major general.

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