Fry, James Clyde

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Fry, James Clyde, born 25-12-1897, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 14-06-1922. He was assigned as assistant Military Attaché to Egypt in September 1941 until June 1942. He became the Commanding Officer 69th Armoured Regiment in 1943 and from April 1944 until March 1945 the Commanding Officer 350th Infantry Regiment in Italy. In March 1945 transferred to the 88th Division, nickname, “Fighting Blue Devils”  as the Assistant Commanding General with General, John E Sloan,  in Italy, until 01-02-1946. The 88th Infantry Division was one of the first all draftee divisions to enter the war.It was unique in that it was the first Army of the United States division to be created “from scratch” after the implementation of the draft in 1940. Previous divisions were regular army, reserve or National Guard. Much of the experience in creating it was used in the subsequent expansion of the Army of the United States.Shoulder patch: A blue (for Infantry) quatrefoil, formed by two Arabic numeral “8s”. A rocker above it with the nickname “Blue Devils” was often worn. During World War II, the Germans thought the 88th was an elite storm trooper Division. This was most likely due to parallels between the “Blue Devil” nickname and patch rocker and the German SS’s use of the Totenkopf  death’s head insignia.The unit was in combat for 344 days and sustained 15.173 casualties (killed, wounded or missing). The 88th was driving through the Dolomite Alps toward Innsbruck, Austria where it linked up with the 103rd Infantry Division, nickname “Cactus Division”  when the hostilities ended on 02-05-1945. Major General, Anthony McAuliffe famous from Bastogne was also commander of the 88th from January–July 1945.
       The  Fry was attached to Headquarters Army Ground Forces in February 1946 and in 1947 attached to the General Staff of the US Army until 01-11-1949. He became the Deputy US High Commissioner to Austria and in 1952 he became the Commanding General 2nd Division in Korea.

Death and burial ground of Fry, James Clyde.

 General, James Fry retired from the Army in 1957 and died at the old age of 84, on 27-10-1982. James Fry is buried, with his wife Marjorie, born Holloway, who died age 68, on 08-08-1968, on Arlington National Cemetery.

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