McBride, Horace Logan “Mac”

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McBride, Horace Logan “Mac”, born 29-06-1894 in Madison , Nebraska, attended the University of Nebraska from 1910 to 1911, and then attended and graduated from West Point in 1916. On commissioning, he served as a battery commander in the 347th Field Artillery in World War I as part of the American Expeditionary Forces. He took part in the Meuse-Argonne offensive

  Later he was Assistant Military Attaché at The Hague, Belgium, and then in Warsaw, Poland in 1919. McBride was Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Yale University from 1923 until 1927. In 1928 he attended and graduated from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He was an instructor at the Field Artillery School from 1928 to 1932, then served in the Philippines from 1932 until 1935. After graduating from the Army War College in 1936, he served as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College from 1926 until 1940. He was stationed at the Panama Canal Zone from 1940 to 1942. From April 1942 to March 1943, he served as Commander of the 80th  Infantry Division Artillery, nicknamed “Blue Ridge” . On 05-08-1944, the 80th landed at Utah Beach . The division was destined to become the “work horse” of General Georg Smith Patton’s 3rd Army  and to play a key role in the famed 3rd Army breakthrough at Avranches. The Division then attacked Argentan, taking it, 20 August, and creating the Falaise Pocket. After mopping up in the area, the 80th took part in the Third Army dash across France, cutting through Saint-Mihiel, Châlons, and Commercy in pursuit of the retreating Germans until stopped by the lack of gasoline and other supplies at the river Seille. By V-E day, the 80th  Division had amassed 289 days of combat and had captured more than 200.000 enemy soldiers and their casualties, killed 880; wounded in action 5.149. McBride was promoted to Brigadier General in May 1942. He assumed command of the entire 80th Infantry Division in 1943 and was promoted to Major General March 1943. He served as Commanding General of the XX Corps  from 1945 until 1946. XX Corps is credited with service in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns. Headquarters, XX Corps, was inactivated on 01-03-1946 in Germany

Death and burial ground of McBride, Horace Logan “Mac”.

.  General McBride assumed command of the XX Corps th Corps on 01-10-1945 and handled occupational duties in Southern Bavaria until the Corps was deactivated. In February 1946, he assumed command of the Ninth Division, which shared responsibility of occupational duties with the First Division in the American Zone of Germany. From 1946 until 1947, McBride served as Commanding General of the 9th Division, nicknamed  Old Reliables”  . the 9th Infantry Division 264 days in combat, with killed 4,581, wounded 16,961, missing 750, captured 868 and Battle casualties 22,292. The 9th arrived Continent (D+4) 10 June 1944. After breaking out of the Remagen bridgehead, the 9th assisted in the sealing and clearing of the Ruhr Pocket, then moved 150 miles (240 km) east to Nordhausen and attacked in the Harz Mountains, 14–20 April. On 21 April the Division relieved the 3rd Armored Division, nickname “Spearhead”  under command of  Major General Leroy Hugh . Watson,  along the Mulde River, near Dessau, and held that line until VE-Day.

McBride was Commandant of the Command and General Staff College from 1950 until 1952. From 1953 until 1954, he oversaw the Caribbean Command as its Commander-in-Chief, where after he retired in June 1954.Lieutenant General Horace Logan “Mac” McBride, United States Army died on 14-11-1962, at the U. S. Air Force Hospital, Orlando Air Force Base, Florida, at 68 years of age. He is buried on Arlington National Cemetery, Section 2.

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