Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Pearl Harbor, Battle of the Bulge Survivor Turns 100-- Part 3: George Murray


After Pearl Harbor, Murray spent months in Hawaii, among the things he did was train civilians what to do in case of a gas attack.  Later in 1942, he returned to the United States mainland for Officer Candidate School.

In 1943, he was off to England where he censored mail and other tasks.  In 1944 he was sent to France as a replacement and assigned to the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion as a forward observer.

He was with the 28th Division at the Battle of the Bulge and remembers:  In some cases casualties were covered with snow before they could be removed.  The bolts on the rifles would freeze and could not be fired.  Infantrymen had to urinate on the bolts of their automatic weapons to thaw them enough to fire them."

After the war he reverted to enlisted status and in 1959 was promoted to sergeant major and in retirement was active in the Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion.  Later he was inducted into the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Hall of Fame.

There is no official record as to how many Pearl Harbor survivors still in in North Texas.

--GreGen

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