Duncan W. McBride
Duncan Wemyss McBride, 86, of Edgartown, a lifelong Island resident and World War II veteran, died on June 7, 2010 at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Duncan was born on January 29, 1924 in Oak Bluffs, to Frank A. McBride and Florence Beasley McBride. He attended Edgartown School and upon graduation in 1943, he joined the U.S. Army.
After undergoing training as a tank driver at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was transferred to the infantry, serving in the 338th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division, also known as the Custer Division. Serving under General Mark Clark’s leadership of the Fifth Army, he landed in Naples, Italy, and participated in battles at Rome, Arno, the north Apennine Mountains, and the Po Valley.
One battle in particular was the brutal six-day assault on Mt. Altuzzo, near the Giogo Pass. This important victory led to the breakthrough in the German defenses on the Gothic Line, and to the strategic Po Valley. For this engagement the 338th Regiment was awarded the Distinguished Unit Citation, the highest award given to units by the U.S. Army, and rarely given to units of regimental size.
Duncan’s time in the service was always very important to him, and for his service to our country Duncan was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster and the letter V for heroism. Also the Combat Infantryman Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and Honorable Service Button. He was honorably discharged and attained the rank of Sergeant.
Upon his return home he married his wife of 60 years, Margaret Elliott McBride in 1950. She was the daughter of Emulous “Em” Elliott and Ruth Elliott of Edgartown. At one time, Duncan was Post Commander of the V.F.W. and enjoyed marching in the Fourth of July parades.
Duncan worked as an independent landscape gardener for many years before retiring to enjoy playing golf and gardening at home. Golf was one of many sports he excelled at — he was a good athlete. He managed the gardens at the Kelly House, Harbor View Hotel, and many fine homes in Edgartown, some of which were featured in magazine articles.
Duncan was predeceased by a brother, John A. McBride, and a sister, Sarah McBride Cowie. He is survived by his wife Margaret Elliott McBride, and many nieces, nephews, and great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Military services were held on June 11, 2010 at the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown.
Donations may be made in Duncan’s memory to the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, P.O. Box 1477, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.
Please visit www.ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.