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Vol. III
p312
2770

(Born Ind.)

William A. Shunk

(Ap'd Ind.)

11

Born Westville, IN.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1875, to June 13, 1879, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at San Felipe, Tex. 1879, to Apr. 2, 1880, — Ft. Clark, Tex., and scouting, to Nov. 17, 1882, — San Antonio, Tex., to Dec. 15, 1883, — and Ft. Clark, Tex., and Scouting (leave of absence, Aug. 17 to Nov. 8, 1884, and conducting recruits, to Nov. 21, 1884), to Aug. 28, 1885, being engaged in the Geronimo Campaign in New

(First Lieut., 8th Cavalry, July 23, 1885)

Mexico, June 17 to Aug. 28, 1885; at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 5, 1887; on frontier duty at Ft. Clark, Tex., Aug. 31 to Sep. 26, 1887, — Ft. Davis, Tex. (leave of absence, May 18 to Aug. 16, 1888), to Sep. 30, 1888, — and Ft. Meade, Dak., to Aug. 14, 1889; and as Instructor at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Aug. 28, 1889, to –––––.

Vol. IV
p308
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: Instructor U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Aug. 28, 1889 to June 15, 1893.

(Captain of Cavalry, 8th Cavalry, Oct. 5, 1892)

— On duty at World's Columbian Exposition, June 16 to Dec. 31, 1893. — Fort Meade, S. D., Jan. 1 (leave of absence to Feb. 9) to May 15, 1894. — En route to and stationed at Fort Yates, N. D., May 16, 1894 to Sept. 25, 1896. — En route to and stationed at Fort Keogh, Mont. (leave of absence, Dec. 20, 1896 to Feb. 15, 1897. — Sick leave of absence, Feb. 16 to May 20), to June 30, 1897. — Washington, D. C., July 10, 1897 to June 10, 1898.

(Major and Engineer Officer, U. S. Volunteers, May 19, 1898)

— Awaiting assignment to June 10. — On duty as Chief Engineer, 2d Division, 1st Army Corps, June 12, 1898 until Feb. 13, 1899.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, March 13, 1899)

(Major, 34th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

Vol. V
p286
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: Temporary duty as Recruiting Officer, April to July, 1899; sailed with regiment from San Francisco, Sept. 16; Manila, Oct. 15; on General Lawton's Northern Expedition, Oct. 26 to Nov. 30; commanding San Isidro and sub‑posts, Dec. 11 to Feb. 10, 1900; on General Funston's Expedition to Baler, Feb. 10 to 20; commanding Baler and adjacent region, Feb. 22 to June 6; and July 21 to Nov. 30, 1900, (numerous scouting expeditions); commanding Pidig, Ilocos Norte, and territory adjacent, Dec. 4, 1900 to Feb. 17, 1901, (frequently scouting); sailed with regiment from Manila, March 1; San Francisco, March 29, 1901.

(Honorably Mustered out of Volunteer Service, April 17)

— Assistant to Chief Mustering Officer to July 22; leave of absence, to Oct. 12; en route to and stationed at Camp Mackenzie, Cuba, Oct. 18, 1901, to Feb. 25, 1902; en route to and stationed at Fort Riley, Kas., Feb. 25 to July 20.

(Major, 8th Cavalry, June 28, 1902)

— Leave of absence, July 20 to Sept. 20; stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Mo., Sept. 20 to Sept. 15, 1903; en route to and stationed at Fort Riley, Kas., Sept. 15, 1903 to Sept. 16, 1904; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at St. John's Military Academy, Delafield, Wis., Sept. 18, 1904 to Sept. 18, 1908; Chief Umpire, Camp of Instruction, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, Aug. 1 to 31, 1906; Chief Umpire, Camp of Instruction, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, Sept. 1 to 30, 1908.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Cavalry, Nov. 20, 1908)º

— Joined regiment at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., March 8, 1909;º leave of absence, Oct. 20 to Dec. 26, 1908; on duty at Headquarters, Department of the Lakes, Chicago, Oct. 1 to 20, 1908; on duty at Headquarters, Department of California, San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 27, 1908 to Feb. 5, 1909; commanding troops on U. S. Army Transport Sheridan, San Francisco to Manila, Feb. and March, 1909; commanding regiment and post, April 14 to June 5, 1909; on leave of absence, Oct. 22 to Dec. 26, 1909.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Cavalry, Nov. 20, 1909)º

— On duty, Headquarters, Department of California, Dec. 27, 1909 to Feb. 4, 1910; commanding troops on Transport Sheridan, San Francisco to Manila, P. I., to March 6, 1910; on duty with 1st Cavalry,  p287 March 10 to Sept. 12, 1909; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I.; leave of absence, Sept. 13 to Nov. 15; commanding regiment, April 14 to June 8, 1909, and from Dec. 15, 1909 to May, 1910; en route to San Francisco, Jan. 13 to Feb. 12, 1910; on duty, Presidio, San Francisco, Feb. 12, 1910 to –––––.

Vol. VI
p265
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(William Alexander Shunk, Born Dec. 23, 1857.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Cavalry, Nov. 20, 1908.

Served: At Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., March 8, 1909, to January, 1910; commanding regiment April 14 to June 8, 1909, and Dec. 15, 1909, to January, 1910; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding regiment Feb. 12 to June 30, 1910; at Maneuver Camp, American Lake, July 6 to 25, 1910; commanding Fort Walla Walla, Wash., to Aug. 26, 1910, on which date post was abandoned; commanding Boisé Bks., Idaho, with Hdqrs. and three troops, 1st Cavalry, Aug. 28, 1910, to March 9, 1911; at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, commanding post and Department of the Colorado, March 15 to April 25, 1911; ordered to take direction of all detachments from Nogales to Hachita but not to permit any officer or soldier to cross the boundary; at Douglas, Arizona, April 17, 1911, during assault by 1500 Mexicans upon Agua Prieta but forbidden by War Department to take any part; at Calexico, Cal., with regimental hdqrs., April 25 to July 13, 1911; at War College, Washington, D. C., Aug. 9, 1911, to July 1, 1912, when he was graduated;

(Colonel of Cavalry, Aug. 2, 1912)

At Hdqrs. Central Department, Chicago, Ill., in charge of Militia affairs, Aug. 15, 1912, to May 8, 1914 (assistant to Inspector-General to Dec. 10, 1912, and in command of Central Department, April 25 to May 8, 1914); in command of troops aboard Transport Logan en route San Francisco to Manila, June 5 to July 9, 1914; with 7th Cavalry at Fort William McKinley to Sept. 15, 1914, and at Camp Stotsenburg to Oct. 14, 1915;

(Assigned to 15th Cavalry, Sept. 15, 1915)

at Fort McKinley, Oct. 15, 1915, to Sept. 15, 1916; at San Francisco, Cal., Oct., 13, 1916; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Cavalry Instructor,  p266 Dec. 4, 1916, to March 23, 1917; at Camp Vandiver Park,º Montgomery, Ala., as Senior Mustering Officer, March 25 to June 21, 1917; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., commanding post and Commandant of Army Service Schools, June 23, 1917, to June 3, 1919; at Syracuse, N. Y., Recruiting Officer, June 18 to Aug. 5; at Los Angeles, Cal., Recruiting Officer, Aug. 10, 1919, to ––––

Service medals: Indian Wars; Philippine War; Cuban Service, 1899‑1901; Alabama Service, 1916.

Assistant editor of the Cavalry Journal, 1889‑1893; wrote one chapter in West Point Memorial Volume, 1902; has written a number of magazine articles and reviews of military books.

Vol. VII
p157
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel of Cavalry, Aug. 2, 1912.

At Los Angeles, Calif., Recruiting Officer, Aug. 10, 1919, to Mar. 15, 1921; on leave of absence to Apr. 22; commanding Southern California Border District to Dec. 1; on leave of absence to Dec. 23, 1921.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 23, 1921,
By Operation of Law.

Service Medals: Indian Wars; Philippine War; Cuban Service, 1899‑1901; Alabama Service, 1916; Spanish War; World War.

Vol. VIII
p57
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Dec. 23, 1921.

Died, Mar. 9, 1936, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 78.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1939.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

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


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