The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
MABRY, GEORGE L., JR.
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S.
Army, 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division Place and Date Hurtgen
Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, 20 November 1944. Entered Service at: Sumter,
S.C. Birth: Sumter, S.C. G.O. No.: 77, September 1945.
He was commanding the 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, in an attack through the Hurtgen Forest
near Schevenhutte, Germany, on 20 November 1944. 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.