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Mergenthaler   George O.

Name:
George O.  Mergenthaler
Rank:
Private
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Unit:
28th Infantry Division
Date of Death:
1944-12-18
State:
New York
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http://www.ryeww2.org/mergenthaler-george-o-3825-prd1.htm "George O. Mergenthaler was born in 1921 and lived on Purchase Street in Rye with his mother Alice and his maternal grandfather George Tweeney. He was the only son of the family. His paternal grandfather Ottmar Mergenthaler was the inventor of the Linotype machine in 1886. He graduated from Princeton University and was a classmate of Archibald Graham McIlwaine II (see above). George was a member of a Mechanized Reconnaissance Unit of the 28th Infantry Division. On December 18, 1944 his unit was ambushed by the enemy in Luxemburg. George was in the middle of the convoy in a jeep. He jumped to the rear seat of the vehicle and took control of the 50 caliber machine-gun and urged his fellow soldiers to run to a ditch. His machine gun jammed twice; the second jamming afforded a wounded German soldier to crawl behind George and kill him at close range with a short burst from his submachine gun. George Mergenthaler died near the town he came to adopt, Eschweiler, Luxembourg."