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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1872

Vol. III
p191
2428

(Born N. Y.)

Frank West

(Ap'd N. Y.)

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Born Mohawk, NY.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1868, to June 14, 1872, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, June 14, 1872.

Served: in garrison at Oxford, Mis., Sep. 28 to Dec. 6, 1872; on frontier duty, at Ft. Harker, Kan., Jan. 4 to Apr. 2, 1873, — Camp Supply, I. T., Apr. 14, 1873, to Apr. 29, 1875 (on Escort duty, Apr. 14, 1873, to July 23, 1873, and on Expedition to Indian Territory, Aug. to Oct., 1874, being engaged against Cheyennes on Red River, Tex., July 30, 1874, and Kiowas, near Washita River, Aug. 9‑12, 1874), — Ft. Dodge, Kan., May 1 to Aug. 2, 1875, — Camp Verde, Ara., Oct. 9, 1975, to May 20, 1876, — Camp Grant, Ara., May 31 to June 21, 1876, — Camp McDowell, Ara.,

p192 (First Lieut., 6th Cavalry, May 17, 1876)

June 30 to Aug. 10, 1876, — Camp Bowie, Aug. 20, 1876, to May 18, 1876 (leave of absence, to Sep. 27, 1878), — in command of Indian Scouts at Camp Verde, Ara., Oct. 17, 1878 (Scouting, Apr. 5 to May 25, 1880), to Dec., 1881, — Ft. McDowell, Ara., to Jan. 21, 1882, — Scouting in Arizona, to July 28, 1882, being in command of Indian Scouts, and engaged in the Action on Big Dry Fork, Ara., July 17, 1882, — Ft. McDowell, Ara., and on Expedition to the Sierra Madre, Mexico, to Oct. 17, 1883, — Ft. Huachuca, Ara., to June 5, 1884, — Ft. Craig, N. M., to Mar. 8, 1885, — Ft. Wingate, N. M., to May 22, 1885, — on Expedition against Chief Geronimo, to July, 1886, — Scouting and at Ft. Cummings, N. M., to Oct. 3, 1886, — and Ft. Wingate, N. M., to Oct. 26, 1886; and in examining State War Claims at War Department, to Dec. 26, 1889.

Captain, 6th Cavalry, Oct. 19, 1889.

Vol. IV
p220
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. —

(Brevet 1st Lieutenant, Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in actions against Indians on the Washita River, Tex., Sept. 9, 10, and 11, 1874)

Medal of Honor

for distinguished conduct in action against hostile Apache Indians at the Big Dry Wash, Ariz., July 17, 1882, in rallying his command and leading it to the advance against the fortified position of the enemy; while serving as 1st Lieutenant, 6th Cavalry, commanding Troop I and a detachment of Indian scouts.

Served: Member of Board of State War Claims, Washington, D. C., Nov. 1, 1886 to Jan. 1, 1890. — Commanding Troop G, 6th Cavalry, from Jan., 1890 to –––––; Fort Union, N. M., Jan., 1890 to Dec. 1, 1890. — "Pine Ridge" Indian campaign, Dec. 1, 1890 to Feb. 8, 1891. — Fort Niobrara, Neb., February 8, 1891 to June 9, 1892. — "Cow Boy War," Fort Fetterman, Wyo., June 9 to Sept. 30, 1892. — At World's Fair Dedication, Oct., 1892. — Fort Niobrara, Nov., 1892 till July 7, 1894. — During Chicago riots, July 9, 1894 to Oct. 3, 1894. — Fort Myer, Va., Nov. 4, 1894 to April 19, 1898. — During Spanish-American war, April 21 to Dec. 30, 1898. — Santiago campaign, June 23 to Aug. 5, 1898. — Participated in battle of San Juan, July 1, 2, 3, 1898. — In camp at Montauk, N. Y., and Huntsville, Ala., Aug. 13 to Dec. 30, 1898. — Fort Riley, Kan., Jan. 1, 1899 to –––––; Recommended for Brevet Major U. S. A., for gallantry at battle of San Juan, Cuba, July 1, 1898.

(Transferred to 9th Cavalry, April 10, 1900)

Vol. V
p190
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — At the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Aug. 20, 1899 to May 20, 1900. — Acting Superintendent Sequoia National Park, Cal., June 1, 1900 to March 20, 1901.

(Major, 6th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901)

Stationed Taal, Batangas, P. I., April 23, 1901 to Dec. 6, 1901. — In engagement with insurgents at Mount Durungoa, Batangas, P. I., Oct. 11, 1901, while commanding 2d Squadron, 6th Cavalry. — Inspector-General by detail, Dec. 9, 1901. — Inspector of 5th Separate Brigade, Iloilo, Panay, P. I., Dec. 19, 1901 to Oct. 13, 1902. — Stationed Manila, P. I., as assistant to Inspector-General Division of Philippines, Oct. 15, 1902 to June 10, 1903.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 5th Cavalry, March 2, 1903)

— Inspector-General by detail May 25, 1903. — At Denver, Col., as Inspector of the Department of the Colorado, July, 1903 to Jan., 1904. — Inspector-General Southwestern Division, Oklahoma City, Jan., 1904 to July, 1905. — Inspector-General Northern Division, St. Louis, Mo., July, 1905 to March 1, 1906. — Transferred to 7th Cavalry, March 2, 1906. — Stationed Camp McGrath, Batangas, P. I., April 30, 1906 to Oct. 26, 1906.

(Colonel, 2d Cavalry, Oct. 1, 1906)

— Stationed Fort Assinniboine, Mont., Jan. 3, 1907 to June 10, 1907. — Fort Des Moines, Iowa, June 15, 1907 to –––––. In expedition in "Ute Indian Disturbance" Nov. 3, 1907 to Dec. 20, 1907, at Thunder Butter, S. Dakota.

Vol. VI
p171
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Sept. 26, 1850.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor.

Colonel, 2d Cavalry, Oct. 1, 1906.

At Fort Des Moines, Iowa, commanding regiment and post, June 15, 1907, to Nov. 28, 1909; commanding regiment en route to Philippines Nov. 29, 1909, to Jan. 4, 1910 at Jolo, P. I., Jan. 5 to March 21, 1910; at Camp Overton, Mindanao, March 23 to May 28, 1910; on detached service, President of a Court of Inquiry, Manila, May 29 to Oct. 26, 1910; at Camp Overton, Oct. 27 to Dec. 15, 1910; at Jolo, Dec. 17, 1910, to May 6, 1912; commanding Department of Mindanao, Jan. 6 to 18 and Nov. 8 to 14, 1911; commanding Jolo Field Forces in operations against Moros, December, 1911; commanding regiment en route to Fort Bliss, Texas, May 6 to June 14, 1912; at Fort Bliss to Nov. 14, 1913; commanding 1st Cavalry Brigade, Feb. 15 to March 15, 1913; at Fort Slocum, N. Y., in command of Recruit Depot, Nov. 18, 1913, to Sept. 26, 1914.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 26, 1914,
By Operation of Law.

Medals of Service in Indian Wars, War with Spain and Philippine War Service.

Civil History. — Residence since retirement, Mohawk, N. Y. Member of the Society of Santiago de Cuba, of the Order of Indian Wars, of the National Historical Society, of the New York State Historical Society, of the National Geographic Society.

Vol. VII
p110
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Medal of Honor.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 26, 1914,
By Operation of Law.

Died, Aug. 26, 1923, at Mohawk, N. Y.: Aged 72.

Cited posthumously "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1924.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

a Col. West's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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