Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Pearl Harbor, Battle of Bulge Survivor Turns 100-- Part 2
Fifteen years ago, George Murray wrote a 62 page memoir and this is taken from it. He continues with his Pearl Harbor memories:
"It took me about about an hour and a half, using a variety of transportation such as a taxi or bus (to get back to Schofield Barracks). When I got there I found we had no casualties although a bomb had been dropped not too far from our barracks."
Last year, George Murray, a long-time resident of Anniston, Alabama, was recognized as the last-known Pearl Harbor survivor in Alabama. He has since moved to Texas to be near family.
He spent 30 years in the Army and was also at the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. Murray was born March 31, 1919, and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Jobs were hard to come by in 1936, and at the age of 17, with his parents permission, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and traveled the country working on projects.
In 1939, he enlisted in the Army and joined the Chemical Warfare Service which provided such things to the military as gas warfare training and smoke screens.