Retired Army Maj. Gen. James Clyde Fry, 84, a highly decorated combat veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict, died Oct. 27 at his home in Falls Church. He had arteriosclerosis.
As the colonel commanding the 305th "Battle Mountain" Regiment in Italy in World War II, he took part in some of the most difficult fighting in that campaign. At Mount Battaglia in northern Italy, the regiment held off German attacks on its positions for seven days.
The regiment, part of the 88th "Blue Devil" Infantry division, won the Distinguished Unit Citation.
Gen. Fry was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's highest decoration for valor except for the Medal of Honor. He also won the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, two Legions of Merit, the Bronze Star and four Purple Hearts. At war's end, he was assistant commander of the 88th Division.
Before going to Korea, Gen. Fry held staff posts in the United States and was deputy U.S. high commissioner and commander of U.S. forces in Austria.
In May 1952, he took command of the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea and held that post until the war ended in July 1953. His last assignment before he retired in 1958 was as chief of the military assistance group in Italy.
Gen. Fry settled in the Washington area and was an officer of the First National Bank of Arlington and the Suburban National Bank of Virginia. He also was executive director of the First Manassas Corp., a nonprofit group that organized the reenactment of the First Battle of Manassas in 1961 in connection with the Civil War Centennial.
Gen. Fry was a native of Sandpoint, Idaho, and a 1922 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Ramsey Fry of Falls Church; a sister, Ruby Grewelle of Idaho, and five grandchildren.