In Memoriam

The past year has been marked by the loss of the following Chemical Corps Soldiers.

To these Dragon Soldiers, the CCRA salutes you. Thank you for your service.

Command Sergeant Major George L. Murray, U.S. Army Retired
Command Sergeant Major George L. Murray, U.S. Army RetiredMarch 31 1919 - October 23 2019
CSM (Ret) George Murray was born on 31 March 1919 in New Bedford, Mass. He enlisted in the Army 17 April 1939 out of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was assigned to Company A, 1st Separate Chemical Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii where he was serving on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He returned to Edgewood Arsenal, Md., in 1942 to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). After graduation he was assigned to Camp Sibert, Ala. In August 1944, he joined C Company of the 86th Chemical Mortar Battalion in France and served with the battalion for the remainder of World War II.

From the end of the War to 1951, he served in various assignments in CONUS, including the Deseret Chemical Center, UT, the 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky. In 1949 he reverted back to the enlisted rank of Master Sergeant. He served as First Sergeant and instructor in the Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) School in Japan from November 1951 to July 1954. Afterwards, he returned to CONUS and served at Fort Dix, N.J., as Committee Chief of the CBR School. He was promoted to Sergeant Major on April 8, 1959 and served as Sergeant Major for the 100th Chemical Group and for the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Training Command. From July 1960 to July 1964, he served at Headquarters Chemical Sections in Orleans, France and Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to Fort McClellan, Ala., in August 1964 and again served as Sergeant Major of the 100th Chemical Group. In January 1969 he was promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps School, which made him one of the first Sergeants Major to be promoted to the new rank of CSM.

CSM (Ret) Murray is a veteran of both the Pacific and European Theaters of Operations during World II. He is a veteran of Pearl Harbor and the campaigns of Northern France, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge), Rhineland and Germany. His awards include the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster (OLC).

After his retirement in 1969, CSM Murray accepted a position as Safety Supervisor, with the FMC Corporation in Anniston, AL. He continues to be active supporting the Chemical Corps Museum and the Chemical Corps Regimental Association (CCRA). He served as the first Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment and is a member of the U.S. Army Chemical Corps Hall of Fame. CSM Murray passed in his sleep on the morning of 23 October 2019.

Awards and Decorations:

Bronze Star
Army Commendation Medal, W/OLC
Good Conduct Medal, 6th Award
American Defense Service Medal
American Campaign Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, 1 Star
European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal, with Stars
World War II Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal, with OLC
Korean Service Medal
UN Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Belgium Fourragere

SFC Jeremiah Johnson
SFC Jeremiah Johnson
4 October 2017
LTC (Ret) Arthur J. Bland
LTC (Ret) Arthur J. Bland
29 August 2017
Colonel (Retired) Ed Len Battle
Colonel (Retired) Ed Len Battle February 22, 1931 – March 22, 2018
Funeral service for Colonel (Retired) Ed Len “Doc” Battle (Ret.), 87, will be 12 p.m.,
Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in the Chapel at Parker Memorial Baptist Church
with the Rev. Mac Amis officiating. The family will receive friends in the
Fireside room at the church one hour prior to the service.

Colonel (Ret) Battle is survived by his wife, Marcelle; their children, Michelle and Scott;
grandchildren, Ashley, Tara, Trent, Tess, Wesley and Adam;
great-granddaughter, Vera; Ed’s two brothers, Frank and Robert; Marcelle’s
brother, Johnny Bowden.

Ed was born in Bibb County, Alabama, in 1931. Following graduation from Auburn
University with a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering and a
commission in the Air Force, he entered the Design Department at Lockheed
Aircraft Company, where he worked with engineers and designers, including
Kelly Johnson, designer of the U-2, the F-104 and the SR-71 “Black Bird”.

About a year later he entered pilot training in the Air Force, spending the
next 23 years in various technical, managerial, engineering and educational
assignments. After obtaining a Master
of Science degree in Astronautics from the Air Force Institute of
Technology (AFIT), he worked on research and engineering projects related
to the development and testing of new aircraft and ballistic missiles. He
flew several test flights at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and in the B-66
program at Edwards AFB, California. He worked as a development engineer on
the Atlas, Titan and Minuteman ballistic missile programs and served as an
Adjunct Lecturer in the Reliability Program at UCLA.

He was later put in charge of ballistic missile launches at Vandenberg AFB,
Calif., launching a total of 37 Minuteman ballistic missiles. In 1967,
he graduated with a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Toronto,
Canada. After graduation, he was placed in charge of the Air Force AFIT graduate
extension course campus located at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. This was
a fully accredited, degree-granting (BS, MS and Ph.D.) institution.

After retirement from the Air Force, Colonel Battle spent 14 years in the Washington,
D.C. area with the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a non-profit
research institute working exclusively for the Department of Defense and a
very small number of other major government agencies. While there he
participated in a number of operational tests of our most advanced weapon
systems. He and his wife, Marcelle, moved to Germany where he was put in
charge of his company’s technical operations at the Warrior Preparation
Center near Ramstein Air Base in Germany. He left that organization in 1992
to accept the position of Director, Edwin R. Bradley Radiological
Laboratories at the U .S. Army Chemical School at Fort McClellan. In 1996 he
formed the Radiation Safety Institute, a consulting firm, but he
subsequently closed that firm to join EAI as an Instructor in Weapons of
Mass Destruction at the newly opened Center for Domestic Preparedness
located on McClellan.

He and his wife Marcelle were members of Parker Memorial Baptist
Church in Anniston, Alabama, for decades and were jointly Directors of a
Department comprised of four Bible Study Classes

In dedication to all members of the Chemical Corps who gave their lives in combat against the enemies of our country during Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. Their sacrifice has not been made in vain.

CPL Mark Bibby
2LT Benjamin Colgan
CPL Arron Clark
SSG Morgan Kennon
CPL Forest Jostes
SGT Gregory Wahl
SPC Mark Kasecky
SGT Thomas Rosenbaum
SSG Robert Johnson
SFC Mickey Zaun
SSG Stephen Sherman
SPC Lizbeth Robles
SPC Ignacio Rameriz
SGT Jonathon Lootens
SGT Marco Miller
SPC Elias Elias
CPL Jason Nunez
SPC Eddie Tamez
SGT Jacob Shumuecker
SPC James Gudridge
SPC Arturo Huerta-Cruz
SGT Jamie Gonzales
SSG Scott Burgess
SPC Krystal Fitts
SGT Trinidad Martin-Luiz
SPC William L. Bailey
SPC Chris Workman
SFC Jeremiah Johnson