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Grady Mabry

 

Date and Place of Birth: Date Unknown Rome, GA
Date and Place of Death:    December 26, 1944 Italy
Baseball Experience: Semi-Pro
Position: Unknown
Rank: Private First Class
Military Unit: US Army
Area Served: Mediterranean Theater of Operations

Grady Mabry was the first African-American from Rome (GA) to be killed in World War II.

Grady G. Mabry was from Rome, Georgia. Probably employed at a local textile mill, Mabry played baseball with the Colored Lindale Dragons. While the Northwest Georgia Textile League thrived with all-white teams, black workers - with support from their employers - formed their own teams and a fierce rivalry existed between the mills.

Mabry was among the first men drafted in the area after Pearl Harbor in early 1942. A Private First-Class, Mabry died from wounds received when his unit ran into a German machine gun nest in Italy on December 26, 1944. He was the first African-American from Rome to be killed in World War II.

Mabry was originally buried at Callier Springs Cemetery until 1956, when his body was exhumed and placed at Shadyside Memorial Gardens, Rome, Georgia.

Grady Mabry American Legion Post 506 is named in his honor.

Sources
Rome News-Tribune July 7, 1996
Rome News-Tribune May 26, 1998
Rome News-Tribune March 14, 2001
Rome News-Tribune May 29, 2007
Rome News-Tribune August 26, 2007

Date Added February 26, 2013

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