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First Name: Jacob

Last Name: George



Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Baltimore, MD
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 19 September 1944

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Jacob A. George, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Jacob A. George, Jr.
Captain, U.S. Army

On 19 September 1944, Captain Jacob A. George, Jr. was serving as Commander of Company C, 17th Tank Battalion (Medium Tanks), 7th Armored Division, Third U.S. Army.

On that day, CPT George’s unit was in action against German forces at Sillegny, France, during the Rhineland Campaign. At 0800, CPT George, the company commander of Company C, was was standing up in his tank turret throwing a hand grenade at some dug-in German infantrymen to his front when he was killed in action by enemy small arms fire. CPT George’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

Medals and Awards

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star Medal (Merit)
Purple Heart
American Campaign Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
World War II Victory Medal

Distinguished Service Cross Citation (Synopsis)

Captain (Armor) Jacob A. George, Jr. (ASN: 0-1010693), United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with the 17th Tank Battalion, 7th Armored Division, in action against enemy forces on 19 September 1944, near Metz, France. Captain George's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 7th Armored Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Third U.S. Army, General Orders No. 60 (1944)


Captain Jacob A. George, Jr. is buried at the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France, in Plot J, Row 21, Grave 19.


Honoree ID: 108468   Created by: MHOH




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