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Maxwell Murray
Major General, United States Army
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 Major General Maxwell Murray (1885-1948) and his wife, Phyllis Howard Murray (1890-1976) are buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.  Their son, Arthur Maxwell Murray, Colonel, United States Army, West Point Class of 1938 is also buried with them.

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I have an addition to make to your bio of General Maxwell Murray: His mother was indeed named Sara, however her middle name was Wetmore and her last name was de Russy.  Her father was General Rene de Russy. If you need more information about him, I have it as I am a descendent of all above named persons. Thank you for your website. I have never seen  a picture of my grandfather's grave until now.  It really does mean a lot to me.

Thank you sincerely,
 Jilian C. Murray
Portland, Oregon

Maxwell Murray PHOTO Courtesy of Bill Gonyo 2010
Photo Courtesy of Bill Gonyo - 2010

First Commander of Camp Bragg, North Carolina.
 Attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Maxwell Murray was born on June 19, 1885, at West Point, New York, the son of General Arthur Murray and Sarah Wetmore de Russy. He attended the United States Military Academy from June 15, 1903 to June 13, 1907.


1917-1918 5th Field Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, American Expeditionary Force.

September 16, 1918- May 15, 1919 First Commander of Camp Bragg. Construction of Camp Bragg began on September 16, 1918.

1919-1920 Studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1920-1924 Assistant to Chief, Field Artillery

1929-1932 Assistant and Aide to Dwight F. Davis, Governor General, Philippine Islands.

1932-1936 Member of Field Artillery Board, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

1936-1938 Commanded 5th Field Artillery, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

October 1, 1941-May 1942 Major General Maxwell Murray served as the first commander of the newly formed 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The 25th Infantry Division operated for only ten weeks in peace before the Japanese launched their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.


He was appointed Second Lieutenant, Cavalry, Regular Army, June 14 1907; promoted to First Lieutenant, Cavalry, Regular Army, July 27, 1907; and to Captain, Cavalry, Regular Army, July 1, 1916, and transferred to Field Artillery January 13, 1917. He was appointed Major (temporary), Field Artillery on August 5, 1917, he accepted on December 5, 1917, which terminated on January 7, 1918. He was appointed to Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery, National Army, January 5, 1918, he accepted on January 8, 1918. He was appointed Colonel, Field Artillery, U.S. Army, August 28, 1918, he accepted on August 30, 1918, and was honorably discharged from commission as Colonel, Field Artillery, U.S. Army, only, on January 23, 1920. He was promoted to Major, Field Artillery, Regular Army, on July 1, 1920; Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery, Regular Army, October 1, 1930; Colonel, Field Artillery, Regular Army, on October 28, 1935; appointed Brigadier General, Field Artillery, Regular Army, on December 1, 1938, accepted the same date, and he was promoted to Major General, on July 10, 1941.

Military Schooling:
1911-1912 Cavalry School
1924-1925 Field Artillery School
1925-1926 Command and General Staff School

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
Retired: 1946, Washington, D.C.

Married: Phyllis Muriel Howard,  November 18, 1911.

Children: Arthur Maxwell, Anne Howard (Mrs. Robert W. Van de Velde).
Died: August 4, 1948, Massachusetts.

DATE OF BIRTH: 06/19/1885
DATE OF DEATH: 08/04/1948

DATE OF BIRTH: 07/27/1913
DATE OF DEATH: 02/01/2000

Maxwell Murray PHOTO

Maxwell Murray PHOTO

Maxwell Murray PHOTO
Photos & Biography Courtesy of the United States Army

Maxwell Murray Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006

Posted: 16 August 2003  Updated: 27 March 2004  Updated: 18 May 2005 Updated: 7 April 2006 Updated: 16 February 2010
US Military Academy (West Point) SEAL

    Silver Star Medal

Legion of Merit

Distinguished Service Medal


Maxwell Murray Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003