On the 6th of June 2005 a Team of this website visited the Colleville sur Mer US Cemetery.
While walking among the endless rows of white marble crosses we met a woman standing at
a grave in plot F of the cemetery. I asked her if she was ok, the answer made us all choke up.
'That is my father'. She pointed at the white cross in front of her.
Captain Malcolm L. George trained with the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division in the
U.S. He became the Commander of M-Company. One of the Camps that became their temporary home
was Camp Gordon in Georgia. Official pictures of the Company were taken by a local photographer.
Pictures of the barracks and training of the Company at Camp Gordon, Georgia, taken in 1942/1943.
After training, the Regiment and Division, were sent overseas to England to prepare for the Invasion.
According to one of our sources Malcolm L. George and his battalion lodged near Hamton/Hampton.
At the end of May 1944, the troops were sent to camps near the English coast. The Invasion was near.
Captain Malcolm L. George had landed on Utah Beach with the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. After
the landings he gathered a group of soldiers around him and set off to silence a German Machine
Gun that was causing problems to the American troops. The Captain didn't survive that mission.
Because of his initiative as a leader he was awarded with the American Distinguished Service Cross.
Article from newspaper
From U. S. Army headquarters in the European theater of operations came word that
Captain Malcolm L. George was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously
“for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy”.
The citation accompanying the award stated:
“On the second day of the invasion the battalion, in which Captain George was planning and
training officer, was engaged in a desperate battle. A powerful enemy force with a number
of 88mm guns and automatic weapons was holding the high ground and impeding the advance of
the battalion. Captain George observed that severe casualties were being inflicted by a
hidden enemy machine gun which was firing into the rear and flanks of the advancing troops.
Captain George immediately organized a group of volunteers and, with complete disregard for
his own safety, personally led them in a successful assault upon this enemy machine gun
positions. While leading the attack, Captain George lost his life... The extraordinary
heroism, complete devotion to duty and valiant leadership displayed by Captain George reflect
great credit upon himself and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.”
Captain George was a beloved husband and the father of three children. Two sons named Marshall and
Robert and a daughter, Barbara. We were honored to meet Barbara L. George on D-Day 2005, in Normandy.
Other listed casulaties of the 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division for June 7th 1944:
William H. Arps - Private - Service # 35017202 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Joseph Braddock, Jr. - Private First Class - Service # 34573224 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Albert J. Caboor - Sergeant - Service # 36306632 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Clarence C. Campbell - Technical Sergeant - Service # 20013043 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Irvin A. Mager - Second Lieutenant - Service # O1321319 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
John G. Murphy - Private - Service # 14045417 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Fred W. Newsome - Private - Service # 6972533 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Paul Rusnock - Corporal - Service # 33355282 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
John J. Spangler - Captain - Service # O-325528 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Thomas J. Sullivan - Private - Service # 32296369 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Joseph L. Vill - Second Lieutenant - Service # O-520125 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
I also found these two men, MIA or Buried at Sea, dated June 6th 1945 ?
Clarence G. Leque, Jr. - Private First Class - Service # 36204154 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Curtis Pound - Private First Class - Service # 36964730 - 8th Infantry Regiment - 4th Infantry Division
Both listed as: 7-Jun-45 - Missing in Action or Buried at Sea - Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery
These men might have fought with Captain Malcolm L. George. We would appriciate any information.
Barbara George recalls that , according to her mother , her father was good friends with two other
men who died on the same day, one of them being the other Captain listed above; John J. Spangler.
In WW2 the 8th Infantry Regiment, lost 6 Captains and 1 Chaplain-Captain according to the lists.
The archives of the 4th Infantry Division have been seriously damaged by a fire, decades ago.
Lots of documents have been lost. Anybody who has ANY information on the 4th Infantry Division
during those early days of the Normandy invasion, please let us know. Lest We Forget this man !
Special thanks to Barbara L. George and the George Family for
the information and the Picture of Captain M.L. George
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