George G. McMurtry
Captain George G. McMurtry
November 6, 1876|
|Died||November 22, 1958(aged 82)|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1898, 1917–1919|
|Unit||2nd Battalion, 308th Infantry, 77th Division|
World War I
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1876, McMurtry was described as a big, burly, Scotch-Irish American with a ruddy face who seemed to always be of good cheer. He attended law school at Harvard graduate prior to the Spanish–American War.
At the start of the Spanish–American War, at the age of 22, McMurtry left Harvard to serve as a member of Theodore Roosevelt's 1st US Volunteer Cavalary, known as the Rough Riders. He was a member of Troop D commanded by Captain Robert B. Huston. D Troop was part of the cavalry squadron commanded by Alexander Brodie. As part of D Troop, McMurtry participated in the Battle of Las Guasimas on Friday 24 June 1898 and in the Battle of San Juan Hill on 1 July 1898.
When the Rough Riders were disbanded, McMurtry stayed in the Army as a young enlisted man and decided to become a career soldier who worked his way up through the ranks. He obtained a commission when the Army established its first Officer Candidate Schools in May 1917. By the time World War I started, he was one of the most experienced officers of the newly formed 308th Infantry Regiment who easily acquiesced to the orders of those above him despite his greater degree of military experience.
After the War, McMurtry returned to Harvard College, graduating in 1899. Like Charles Whittlesey, he was also a Wall Street lawyer. He would later make millions of dollars in the stock market after the war.
In popular culture
- Charles White Whittlesey
- List of Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War I
- The Lost Battalion
- "The Rough Riders – Online Book by Theodore Roosevelt". Charles Scribners & Sons. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
- "The Lost Battalion". Joe McCarthy. Retrieved February 20, 2008.
- "The Lost Battalion". Homeofheroes.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
- Medal of Honor Recipients on Film
- Beyond Hollywood.com Review. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- The Lost Battalion (2001) on the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 12, 2015.
- Johnson, Thomas M., and Fletcher Pratt. The Lost Battalion. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8032-7613-3
- Miles, L. Wardlaw. History of the 308th Infantry, 1917–1919. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1927. OCLC 5142462
- "The Lost Battalion of World War I". Retrieved September 29, 2010.