Hugh Mott

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MG Hugh B. Mott '40 of the Tennessee National Guard.
MMI Cadet Corporal Hugh B. Mott of "C" Company, second year ROTC. (Credit: 1940 MIANA, MMI Archives)

Hugh Barbee Mott (July 14, 1920 – June 5, 2005) was a soldier in the US Army.[1][2] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions as part of the 9th Engineer Battalion in the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge on March 7, 1945.[3]

Action at Ludendorff Bridge[edit]

On March 7, 1945, during the allied offensive to the Rhine River, Combat Command B of the 9th Armored Division arrived at the town of Remagen, discovering that the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine river was intact. A three-man detachment from 2nd Platoon, B Company (Lieutenant Hugh Mott, Staff Sergeant John Reynolds, and Sergeant Eugene Dorland) moved with the first squad of A/27th AIB to reduce the remaining explosives after the first unsuccessful bridge demolition by the Germans. They were the third, fourth, and fifth US Soldiers onto the bridge. Crossing with lead elements, Dorland destroyed the main demolition switch box on the far shore. The remainder of B Company, 9th Engineers followed with the rest of A/27th AIB, finding and reducing more explosives on the bridge. After the crossing was initially secured, Lt. Mott led B Company in the hasty bridge repairs that allowed the first Sherman tanks to cross the bridge by 2200 that night.

In tribute to Major General Mott, the U.S. Army Engineer School, located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, named the Bachelor Officer's Quarters building "Mott Hall" in his honor.

Later life[edit]

Mott remained in the military as a member of the Tennessee Army National Guard. He attained the rank of Major General, and commanded the 30th Armored Division from 1968 to 1969.

In 1971, Mott was appointed as Special Assistant for Public Safety by Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley. Mott later served briefly as the Chief of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.

General Mott died on June 24, 2005, at the age of 84, after spending more than 33 years in the service of his country.


  1. ^ "MG Hugh B. Mott '40, Hero of Remagen Bridge". Marion Military Institute Archives. Marion Military Institute. January 5, 2009. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Valor awards for Hugh Barbee Mott". Military Times Hall of Valor. Gannett. Archived from the original on July 15, 2013. 
  3. ^ General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 49 (1945). US Army. 1945.