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George Winfred Smythe, American army officer. Decorated Purple Heart with cluster, Silver Star Medal (cluster 1945), Distinguished Service Cross, 1944, Bronze Star (United States); Chevalier Legion of Honor, Cross of War with palm, 1945 (France); Russian Medal of Bravery, 1945; O.B.E. (England), 1946; Office Order of Leopold, with palm, Cross of War, 1940 (palm, 1946) (Belgium).


Smythe, George Winfred was born on August 4, 1899 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of David N. and Laura Virginia (Brooks) Smythe.


Student West Chester Normal School, 1918, Muhlenberg College. Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1919-1920. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1924.

Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1927-1928. Command and General staff schedul, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1935-1936.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, June 12, 1924, and advanced through grades to major general. Served as company officer 29th infantry, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1924-1927. Professor Military Science and Tactics.

Staunton (Virginia) Military Academy, 1928-1932. Company officer 33d infantry, Fort Clayton, Canal Zone, 1932-1934, 4th infantry, Fort George Wright, Spokane, Washington, 1934-1935. Director physical education, United States Military Academy, 1936-1940.

Staff officer 27th infantry, Hawaiian department, Schofield Barracks, T.H., 1940-1942. Member general staff Army Service Force Military Lend Lease, Washington, District of Columbia, 1942-1943. Commanding officer 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, North Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium and Germany, 1943-1944.

Assistant division commander, 80th Division, Germany, 1945. With headquarters Army Ground Forces, Fort Monroe, Virginia, 1945. Chief of staff 3d Army, Fort McPherson, 1947.

Assistant division commander 1st Infantry Division, 1949.


Member general staff Army Service Force Military Lend Lease, Washington, District of Columbia, 1942-1943. Member Alpha Tau Omega. Mason. Awarded Edgerton Sabre by United States Military Academy for best all round athlete, class 1924.


Married Susie Hubbell Coley, August 12, 1924. Children: George W., John David.

David N. Smythe

Laura Virginia (Brooks) Smythe

Susie Hubbell Coley

George W. Smythe

John David Smythe