Guy Humphrey Drewry
Brigadier General, United States Army
Humphrey Drewry was born at LaCrosse, Virginia, October 16, 1894.
He attended Horner Military School and graduated Virginia Military Institute, 1916.
He entered the Coast Artillery at Fortress Monroe, Virginia and was commissioned Second Lieutenant, United States Army, in March, 1917. He served in Florida and the Philippines before being transferred to the Ordnance Department in 1921 when he was then assigned to Frankford Arsenal, Philadelphia, then Fort Benning, Georgia and, in 1926, to the office of the Chief of Ordnance.
On assignment at the Springfield Arsenal, Springfield, Massachusetts, Guy Drewry worked with John C. Garand in developing the M-1 rifle of World War II fame. He returned to Washington to direct the small arms procurement office in 1935 and was appointed a Brigadier General in 1941.
During World War II he commanded the Springfield Ordnance District and was responsible for procuring $2 billion worth of munitions from industry in New England. General Guy Drewry retired from the Army in 1946.
Guy Humphrey Drewry married Louise Smith Northington, September 15, 1917. He died April 6, 1943.
Guy Humphrey Drewry started a long family tradition
when his son, Guy, Jr., and grandson, Guy, III, also his namesake, graduated
from Virginia Military Institute and entered the U.S. Army.
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 22 April 2004