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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III
p323
2808

(Born Pa.)

James A. Irons

(Ap'd Pa.)

49

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., 20th Infantry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Brown, Tex., Sep. 30, 1879, to Nov. 5, 1881, — and Ft. Gibson, I. T., to Aug. 24, 1883; at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 3, 1885; on frontier duty at Ft. Assinniboine, Mt., Aug. 31, 1885, to

(First Lieut., 20th Infantry, May 14, 1887)

June 5, 1887, — and Camp Poplar River, Mon., to July 3, 1887; and as Instructor at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to –––––.

Vol. IV
p317
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: At Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to July 2, 1891; garrison duty at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., Aug. 30, 1891 (Regimental Quartermaster, Sept., 1891 to Aug. 25, 1893)

(Captain of Infantry, 20th Infantry, Aug. 25, 1893)

p318 to Oct. 10, 1894; at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to April 19, 1898; at Mobile, Ala., to June, 1898; in the campaign against Santiago de Cuba, June to July 17, 1898, being engaged in the actions at El Caney, July 1, San Juan, July 1‑3, and siege of Santiago to July 17, 1898.

(Major and Engineer Officer, U. S. Volunteers, June 13, 1898)

— Engineer Officer, Provisional Division, 5th Corps, in Cuba, July 24 to Aug. 29, 1898; sick and on sick leave to Nov. 14, 1898. — Engineer Officer and Mustering Officer, 1st Division, 1st Corps, at Macon, Ga., to Dec., 1898.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Feb. 16, 1899)

En route to and with regiment in the Philippines (on sick leave in Japan, June 13 to Sept. 1, 1899) to ––––

Vol. V
p296
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: En route to and with regiment in the Phillips (on sick leave in Japan, June 13 to Sept. 1, 1899) to July 4, 1901; engaged in action at Guadaloupe, Pasig, Cainta, P. I., March, 1899.

p297 (Major, 20th Infantry, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Detailed as Inspector-General, Feb. 28, 1901)

— Left Philippine Islands, July 4, 1901; at Denver, Colorado, as Inspector-General, Department Colorado, from Aug. 13, 1901 to May 29, 1903; at Washington, D. C., from June 1, 1903 to July 31, 1904.

(Member General Staff Corps, Aug. 15, 1903)

— At St. Louis, Mo., as Assistant to Chief of Staff, Division of the Missouri, Aug. 1, 1904 to April 9, 1905.

(Relieved as Inspector-General, Feb. 27, 1905)

(Assigned to 16th Infantry, March 1st, 1905)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 14th Infantry, April 9, 1905)

— Relieved as member of General Staff Corps, April 9, 1905; commanding 14th Infantry, April 22, 1905 to Aug. –––––, 1906, at Vancouver Barracks, Washington; garrison duty, to March 31, 1907; Military Attache, American Embassy, Tokio, Japan, April 17, 1907 to –––––.

Vol. VI
p279
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(James Anderson Irons, Born Feb. 21, 1857.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, 14th Infantry, April 9, 1905.

At Tokyo, Japan, Military Attaché, American Embassy, April 17, 1907, to

(Colonel, 20th Infantry, June 26, 1909)

March 10, 1910; at Manila, P. I., and at Fort Douglas, Utah, commanding 20th Infantry, March 20, 1910, to Nov. 28, 1913; at Tokyo, Japan, Military Attaché, American Embassy, Feb. 1, 1914, to March 9, 1917; (Military Observer with Japanese Army at Tsingtao, China, when it was captured from the Germans, October and November, 1914);

(Assigned to 2d Infantry, March 10, 1917)

commanding 2d Infantry, April 6 to July 23, 1917;

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Military Attaché to Imperial Japanese War Mission in U. S., Aug. 13 to September, 1917; at Camp Lewis, Wash., commanding 166th Depot Brigade, Oct. 1 to Dec. 25, 1917; (in temporary command of 91st Division, November to Dec. 25, 1917); at Camp Greene, N. C., commanding 5th Regular Brigade, Jan. 2 to March 18, 1918; (in temporary command of 3rd Regular Division, March 1 to 18, 1918);

(Honorably Discharged as Brigadier-General, N. A., Only,
March 18, 1918)

(Assigned to 49th Infantry, March 18, 1918)

at Camp Merritt, N. J., commanding Camp and 49th Infantry, March 18 to June 22, 1918;

(Transferred to 29th Infantry, June 22, 1918)

at Camp Gaillard, Canal Zone, Panama, and at Camp Beauregard, La., commanding 29th Infantry, July 23 to Nov. 30, 1918; commanding 17th Division, Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, 1918; commanding 34th Infantry Brigade, Nov. 1 to

(Assigned to 157th Depot Brigade, Nov. 28, 1918)

30, 1918; at Camp McClellan, Ala., commanding 157th Depot Brigade, Dec. 2 to 26, 1918; at Camp Gordon, Ga., commanding same Brigade, Dec. 26, 1918, to ––––

Awarded Third Class Order of Rising Sun of Japan.

Colonel, U. S. A., July 1, 1920,
at His Own Request, After Over 45 Years' Service.

Vol. VII
p162
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 1, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 45 Years' Service.

Died, July 20, 1921, at Sant' Agnello di Sorrento, Italy: Aged 64.

Cited posthumously "for gallantry in ancient against Spanish forces at El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898, and against insurgent forces at Cainta, Luzon, P. I., Mar. 16, 1899."

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

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., (Posthumously) July 20, 1921,
Act of June 21, 1930.


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