Clinton in Laurens County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Presbyterian College Armed Forces Memorial
Lt. Colonel George L. Mabry, Jr.
United States Army
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the rick of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Lieutenant Colonel George L. Mabry, Jr., 2d Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty. 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 along into the mined area, Colonel 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 concerina obstacle.
Presbyterian College Alumni
Killed in World War II and
To These Comrades Who Died Defending
America's Eternal Freedoms
We Humbly Dedicate this Building
May They Rest in Peace
1941 World War II 1945
William S. Bean, '09, Daniel J. Brimm, Jr., '12, Hampden E. Montgomery '23, Heyward J. Hindman '24, Frank K. Clarke '25, William M. Perkins '26, Nall Bright '27, George H. McIlwane, Jr. '29, Walter B. McCall, Jr. '30, William V. Greene '31, James A. Hamlin '31, D. Buist Dowling '32, John W. Odiorne '33, Powell Freeman '34, Robert M. Perrin '35, Claude J. Gasque, Jr. '36, Otis F. Morgan '36, Henry M. Wilson, Jr. '36, William J. Langston '37, Laval M. Parham '37, Raleigh A. Shoemaker '37, Marion M. Jones '38.
Wendell E. Pope '39, Carl W. McCully '39, Joseph E. Moore '40, Julius S. McGregor '40, Charles Trammel '40, Charles H. Turner '40, David G. Crawford '41, Robert E. Jones '41, Milburn R. Ratteree '41, L. Reed Watson '41, Raymond D. McSween '41, John A. Gilliam '41, Brooks Sheldon '41, Charles H. Franks '42, Hugh M. Gettys '42, Victor I. Griffin '42, William Huff '42, Woodrow W. Moore '42, John H. Norton '42, James T. Rodgers '42.
Edward E. Bell '43, Bennett Branch '43, William H. Burns '43, Francis F. Callaway '43, William H. Dean '43, Richard O. Dent '43, Jack DeVore '43,
Tommy B. Brooks '41, Releigh Edward Barton '44.
Hoyt L. Sealy '48.
Alan Plummer '49, Smith Severn Somerville '51.
to out-think, out-play, and if need be out-die the enemy."
Powell A. Fraser - Class of 1941.
The Vietnam War
During the 1950's and 1960's the United States struggled with communism and the Cold War. In the years leading to the Vietnam War Presbyterian College was at the forefront in providing leadership to the U.S. Military. During this period Presbyterian College's outstanding ROTC program commissioned 20-25 officers each year. PC ROTC graduates served in positions from Lieutenant to Major General.
To grasp the magnitude and depth of sacrifices of graduates in Vietnam, dates and events of the U.S. involvement are instructive:
8 March 1965: first American combat troops arrive.
September 1965: first American division, 1st Cav. lands.
14-16 November 1965: first major engagement of U.S. and North Vietnamese forces with over 300 U.S. killed.
31 December 1968: 536,100 U.S. forces in Vietnam with 30,610 KIA.
March 1969: U.S. Secretary of Defense announces Vietnamization with intent to withdraw U.S. forces. U.S. forces peak in April 1969 at 543,400.
31 December 1972: U.S. strength at 24,200; 45,926 KIA.
29 March 1973: last U.S. combat troops depart Vietnam.
31 December 1973: U.S. strength at 50 personnel; 46,163 KIA, 10,388 non-hostile deaths, and 2,483 MIA.
30 April 1975: North Vietnam captures Saigon ending war.
1Lt. Charles W. Sherman III, Class of 1968, September 7, 1969
SSG Allan Brooks Callaway, Class of 1967, September 21, 1969
Armed Forces Memorial
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God. --
Col. (Ret.) A. O'Niel Crocker
Class of 1959
During the post Vietnam period, the United Stated and its interests were involved in low intensity warfare conflicts. These include the following:
Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada in October 1983
Operation Restore Hope in Somalia 1992
Bosnia Herzegovina in August 1995
Operation Full Accounting in S.E. Asia
U.S. Embassies attacked in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998
USS Cole attacked in Yemen in 1998
Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1991 were the first major military action since Vietnam. The United States and allies attached to protect Saudi Arabia from Iraqi attack and to force Iraq from Kuwait. The operation involved over 500,000 U.S. forces.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists
On October 7, 2001, Operation Enduring Freedom began as the United States and Britain responded with air strikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan.
On March 20, 2002, Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced with 170,000 troops.
Ltc. George D. Martin, Class of 1983, North Vietnam
Recovering U.S. Remains, April 7, 2001
Captain Kimberly N. Hampton, Class of 1998, Combat
Operations in Iraq, January 2, 2004.
This place, this stone
dedicated to those brave men
and women of Presbyterian
College who are yet unknown.
We have been taught that
there will be rumors of wars.
We fear for the future that
may cause our graduates to
face situations requiring
heroic deeds or which this
grand college has
We pray for peace, for God's
divine guidance, and for
protection for our students of
today and tomorrow as they
continue to serve our country.
We also pray that this plaque
remain unaltered, and that
there be no need to inscribe
Erected by Alumni of Presbyterian College.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, Korean • War, Vietnam • War, World I • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1965.
Location. 34° 27.933′ N, 81° 52.6′ W. Marker is in Clinton, South Carolina, in Laurens County. Marker is on South Broad Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the campus of Presbyterian College in the Presbyterian College Armed Forces Memorial. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Clinton SC 29325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mrs. Lillian G. Brown (here, next to this marker); American Flag Pole (here, next to this marker); Jacobs Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Davison McDowell Douglas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Reverend William Plumer Jacobs (about 800 feet away); Malcolm A. MacDonald (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Plumer Jacobs, D.D., LL.D. (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eugene Blakely Sloan (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Ferdinand Jacobs (approx. 0.4 miles away); Clinton Veterans Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
Also see . . .
1. Gen. George L. Mabry, Jr. Obituary. (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. George L. Mabry, Jr. George Lafayette Mabry, Jr. (14 September 1917 – 13 July 1990) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest in World War II. (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. 4th Infantry Division (United States). (Submitted on October 14, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
4. Presbyterian College. Presbyterian College is a private liberal arts college in Clinton, South Carolina, USA. Presbyterian College, or PC, is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. Presbyterian College. Official website of Presbyterian College. (Submitted on October 12, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
6. Kimberly Hampton. Captain Kimberly Nicole Hampton (August 18, 1976 in Greenville, South Carolina – January 2, 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq) was the first female (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
7. Operation Urgent Fury (Invasion of Granada). The Invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury, was an invasion of the nation of Grenada, an island in the Caribbean Sea, 100 miles north of Venezuala, by the a combined force of troops from the United States of America, Barbados, Jamaica and members of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
8. Operation Restore Hope (United Task Force). Unified Task Force (UNITAF) was a United States led, United Nations sanctioned multinational force which operated in the Republic of Somalia from 9 December 1992 to 4 May 1993. (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
9. Operation Full Accounting. Joint Task Force-Full Accounting (JTF-FA) continues progress on the fullest possible accounting of Americans unaccounted-for as a result of the war in Southeast Asia. (Submitted on October 13, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
1. Col. A. O'Niel Crocker, Ret.
Col. (Ret.) A. O'Niel Crocker of Isle of Palms, S.C., commanded at
His service included combat tours in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division and the 82nd Airborne Division. He was nuclear weapons and training inspector for the Department of the Army Inspector General, project manager for the Army Inspector General, commander of Readiness Group Jackson at Fort Jackson, S.C., deputy director for personnel at Pacific Command headquarters, and in a civilian capacity performed work for the counterintelligence and counterespionage office of the Defense Intelligence Agency to support Operation Desert Storm. In 2005 Col. Crocker was inducted into the Presbyterian College ROTC Hall of Fame.
— Submitted September 30, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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