U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley hosts World War II veteran, retired Lt. Col. James “Maggie” Megellas for his 100th birthday during an office call in the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., March 10, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jamill Ford/Released)
James “Maggie” Megellas, a World War II Army officer who became a legend after he single-handedly wiped out a German tank with grenades during the Battle of the Bulge, has died. He was 103.
Megellas, a Life Member of MOAA and retired Army lieutenant colonel, is known as the most decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts; he was recommended for the Medal of Honor in 1945 and again decades later through legislative efforts.
Read my story here: https://www.moaa.org/content/publications-and-media/news-articles/2020-news-articles/maggie-megellas,-world-war-ii-hero-and-moaa-life-member,-dies-at-103/
I've previously written about Lt. Col. Megellas for the Fayetteville Observer:
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