A South Carolinian at D-Day

George Mabry was a native South Carolinian. He joined the army in 1940 but his unit, the Fourth Division, did not see action until D-Day, June 6th, 1944. He was part of the first wave of American soldiers to land at Utah Beach. In Europe, soldiers like George Mabry used firearms such as the Thompson Machine Gun. Mabry and other Americans faced firearms such as the Czech ZB 36, and the German MP 40.

Click on the image to view the image at a larger size.

During Mabry’s WWII career he earned numerous metals including the U.S. Military’s highest award, a Congressional Medal of Honor. Mabry was awarded the Cogressional Medal of Honor for his action at the Hurtgen Forest in November 1944, five months after D-Day. Mabry also received two Distinguished Service Crosses. With his many commendations, Mabry was the second most decorated American soldier of WWII.

Return to Introduction