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Major General Maxwell Murray

Personal Life
Major General Maxwell Murray (1885-1948) was born on June 19, at West Point, New York to Sara Wetmore de Russy and General Rene de Russy. He attended the United States Military Academy from June 15, 1903 to June 13, 1907. From 1919-1920 he studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He married Phyllis Howard Murray (1890-1976) and together they had a son, Arthur Maxwell Murray and a daughter, Ann Howard.  He retired in August 1946 and died on August 4 in Massachusetts.

Honors and Achievments

Awards and Decorations:

Distinguished Service Medal

Silver Star

Legion of Merit (Awarded by Navy)

First Oak-Leaf Cluster to the Legion of Merit

U.S. Treasury Life Saving Silver Medal

Mexican Border Service Medal

WWI Victory Medal with three Battle Clamps

American Defense Service Medal with Foreign Service Clamp

American Campaign Medal

Atlantic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars for the Central Pacific and Northern Solomon Campaigns

WWII Victory Medal

Foreign Decorations:

Order of the British Empire

Degree of Honorary Commander

Officer of the Royal Order of Cambodia

French Fourragere

French Croix de Guerre with Guilt Star


Founded in 1957, Murray Elementary School was named after Maxwell Murray. For more information about the school click here

Murray recieving the star of Brigadier General. Washing

Military History

Major General Maxwell Murray served as the first commander of the newly formed 25th Infantry Division in the only 10 weeks it operated before the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
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Maxwell Murray was a commander of the 35th infantry division during World War 2. The 35th infantry division was involved in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe campaigns and had 264 days of combat.
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Maxwell Murray retired after serving 41 years in the army.


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