Col. George A. Babe, 96, of Williamsburg, passed away on 24 July 2021.
George was born in Philadelphia, PA. and raised by the late Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Babe. George met his wife Anna in the fifth grade and was married for over 75 years.
He graduated from Sharon Hill High School and Franklin and Marshall Academy, where he captained the football, baseball, and wrestling teams. He went on to play football and earn a BS degree in civil engineering at the University of Michigan. Upon graduation, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps and sent to the Pacific. He served as the executive officer for the Marine detachment on the USS St. Paul seeing combat action in China. He served as a platoon leader during the Korean War, landing at Inchon and serving at the Chosen Reservoir and being wounded three times. He was Battalion Commander of the 9th Engineering Battalion in Vietnam. His many decorations include; the Legion of Merit for valor, three Bronze Stars for valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation, Good conduct, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Combat Action, WWII Victory, Navy Occupation, American Defense, American Campaign, United Nations, China Service, Asia Pacific, Vietnam Service, Korean Service, RVN Campaign, Korean Service, and National Defense.
Following his military career, he was City Manager in Madeira, Ohio and later, Vice President of Morton Salt Bahamas. Retired or not, George was a MARINE and all that met him understood that being a Marine was his proudest accomplishment in life.
Once totally retired. . . He was President of the Chosen Few, a society of Korean War veterans that served at the reservoir during the historic breakout against the Chinese. He was an avid reader of military history, travelled the world with his wife, enjoyed Saturday college football, fishing, and the beach.
He is survived by daughters, Cherly (John) Helmick, Georgia (Larry) Allen; son, Kurt (Donna) Babe; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and niece Judy (Chuck) Rasmussen.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, July 31, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Bucktrout Funeral Home in Williamsburg, Virginia. Burial is private.