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Harry F. Hodges
Born Boston, MA.a
Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Add. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1881.
Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 17, 1881.
Served: with the Battalion of Engineers at and on various Staff duties at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1881, to May 1, 1885; as Inspector
(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 20, 1883)
of Rifle Practice, Battalion of Engineers, Feb. 4, 1885, to May 1, 1885; and on detached service at Creedmoor, N. Y., Sep. 17‑28, 1883; as Assistant to Colonel Poe, May 16, 1885, to Aug. 26, 1888; and at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Civil and Military Engineering, Aug. 28, 1888, to Aug. 28, 1889, and Principal Assistant Professor since Aug. 28, 1889.
Military History. — Served: As assistant to Major Stickney on various works of river and harbor improvement, with station at Cincinnati, O., Aug. 13, 1892 to April 27, 1893. — In charge of various surveys and works of improvement on the Upper Missouri River and its tributaries, and in temporary charge of similar works on Upper Mississippi and its tributaries, with station at Sioux City, Ia.,
(Captain, Corps of Engineers, May 18, 1893)
to Jan. 29, 1896. — Member and Disbursing Officer of the Board of Engineers, with station at New York, N. Y., to July 2, 1898.
(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 8, 1898)
— With 1st U. S. Volunteer Engineers in camp at Peekskill, N. Y., June 20 to Aug. 4, 1898. — En route to and in Puerto Rico making roads and surveys, constructing defensive works, reservoir and refrigerating plant, repairing retaining wall, and masonry and timber bridges, in district of Ponce, to Nov. 25, 1898.
(Colonel, 1st U. S. Volunteer Engineers, Jan. 21, 1899)
— In command of regiment, Sept. 3 to Nov. 12, 1898. — In New York City, to Jan. 25, 1899. — In office of Chief Mustering Officer, State of New York, Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, 1899. — On special duty, under Chief of Engineers, inspecting fortifications in Puerto Rico, Feb. 12 to April 25, 1899. — In charge of certain river improvements in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, April 25, 1899 to –––––
(Honorably Mustered out of Volunteer Service, Jan. 25, 1899)
Civil History. — Author of Professional Papers No. 26, Corps of Engineers, "Notes on Mitering Lock Gates."
Military History. — Served: In charge of certain river improvements in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, April 25, 1899 to May 19, 1901.
(Major, Corps of Engineers, May 2, 1901)
— Chief Engineer Officer, Department of Cuba, May 23, 1901 to May 20, 1902; stationed at Washington, D. C., on duty under the immediate orders of Brigadier-General Leonard Wood, closing up the affairs of the late Department of Cuba, from June 29, 1902; Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, Aug. 5, 1902 to July 22, 1907; in charge of the Purchasing Department, Isthmian Canal Commission, Washington, D. C., from July 22, 1907; General Purchasing Officer of the Isthmian Canal Commission, from Aug. 15, 1907 to –––––.
(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 27, 1907)
— Member of Board of Engineers for river and harbors, July 28, 1902 to Dec. 1, 1903, and from July 17, 1907; member of the Permanent International Commission of the Congresses of Navigation, from Oct. 14, 1903; member of the Light House Board, from March 8, 1904; delegate to the Tenth International Navigation Congress at Milan, Italy, Sept., 1905; General Purchasing Officer of the Isthmian Canal Commission, Aug. 15, 1907 to July 6, 1908.
(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 27, 1907)º
— At Culebra, Canal Zone, Panama, Assistant Chief Engineer, Isthmian Canal Commission; in charge of design of locks, dams and regulating p316works, Isthmian Canal, July 15, 1908 to date; member of the Isthmian Canal Commission, Sept. 15, 1908 to date; member of the Permanent International Commission of the Congresses of Navigation, Oct. 14, 1903 to date.
(Harry Hodges, Born Feb. 25, 1860.)
Military History. —
Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 27, 1907
On Canal Zone, Isthmus of Panama, Assistant Chief Engineer, Isthmian Canal Commission, in charge of design of locks, dams and regulating works, and Engineer of Maintenance of the Panama Canal, July 15, 1908, to
(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 11, 1911)
Jan. 1, 1915; (member of the Isthmian Canal Commission from Sept. 15, 1908); at Washington, D. C., member of Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, in charge of Washington Aqueduct and of certain work of fortification and of river and harbor improvement, Feb. 1 to
(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., March 4, 1915
March 12, 1915; (received thanks of Congress for services rendered in constructing the Panama Canal, Act of March 4, 1915); at Fort p309Totten, N. Y., commanding North Atlantic and Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery Districts, April 9, 1915, to
(Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)
Aug. 25, 1917; at Camp Devens, Mass., commanding 76th Division and Camp, Aug. 25 to Dec. 1, 1917; en route to and in France as observer with American Expeditionary Force, Dec. 1, 1917, to Feb. 3, 1918, when he returned to Camp Devens and was in command of 76th Division and Camp, Feb. 13 to July 5, 1918; commanding 76th Division en route to and in France, July 5 to Dec. 22, 1918; returned to U. S. and at Camp Sevier, S. C., commanding 20th Division and Camp, Jan. 3, 1919, to –––––
Medals: Spanish War, Army of Cuban Occupation, Panama Canal.
Military History: —
Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Mar. 4, 1915.
Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.
At Camp Sevier, S. C., commanding 20th Division and Camp, Jan. 3 to Feb. 28, 1919; at Camp Travis, Tex., commanding Camp, Mar. 2, to
Returned to Grade of Brigadier-General, June 15, 1919.
June 23; at Seattle, Wash., commanding North Pacific Coast Artillery District, July 1, 1919, to Nov. 9, 1920; at Baltimore and Fort Howard, Md., commanding 3rd Coast Artillery District, Nov. 15, 1920, to
Major-General, U. S. A., Dec. 21, 1921.
Dec. 22, 1921.
Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 22, 1921,
Distinguished Service Medal
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services in a position of great responsibility. As commanding general, Camp Devens, Mass., he displayed unusual administrative and executive ability, sound judgment, and high professional skill. He established a model system of schools and training, organized and trained the 76th Division, and in addition thereto, trained for overseas service more than 40,000 men of other units. His untiring energy, devotion to duty, coupled with other outstanding soldierly qualities, contributed markedly to the successful operations of the American Forces during the World War."
Died, Sept. 24, 1929, at Chicago, Ill.: Aged 69.
Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.
Buried, Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, IL.
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