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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born Fla.)

Francis J. Kernan

(Ap'd Fla.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 21st Infantry, June 11, 1881.

Served: on frontier duty at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., Sep. 30 to Oct. 24, 1881, — Ft. Canby, Wash., to Dec. 6, 1881, — Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to Oct., 1882, — Ft. Klamath, Or., to Apr. 10, 1883, — Vancouver Barracks, Wash., and Scouting, to June 25, 1884, — and Ft. Sidney, Neb., and Scouting, to Sep. 1, 1885; on leave of absence, to Sep. 29, 1885; as Professor of Military Science and Tactics at East Florida Seminary, Gainesville, Fla., to July 1, 1886, and at Thatcher Institute, Shreveport, La., to July 29, 1887; on leave of absence, to Oct. 6, 1887; on frontier duty at Ft. Sidney, Neb., to Aug., 1888; and at the Military Academy, as Assistant Professor of History and of Law, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: Instructor in Law and History, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., till Sept. 1, 1891. — With regiment at Fort Randall, S. D., till April, 1892. — As Judge Advocate, Department of Dakota, till April, 1893; as Judge Advocate, Department of Texas, till June, 1896. — With regiment (21st Infantry) at Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., till March 10, 1898. — Temporary recruiting duty, Brooklyn, N. Y., March 10 to May 25, 1898. — With Philippine Islands expedition as A. A. A. G. on Staff of General Arthur MacArthur, from June 16 to Sept. 26, 1898. — Returned to U. S., Nov., 1898. — On leave till Jan. 28, 1899. — Temporary duty in the office of Judge Advocate General till Feb. 14, 1899; then assigned as Judge Advocate, Department of Santa Clara, Cuba.

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

Military History. — Served: Judge Advocate, Department of Santa Clara, Cuba, and at Cienfuegos, Cuba, to July, 1899; appointed Regimental Adjutant, Oct., same year; went with regiment to the Philippine Islands, arriving there Sept. 30, 1900; detailed as Aide to Major-General MacArthur, same month; continued on that duty until June, 1903; joined regiment at Fort Logan, Colo., same month.

(Major, 26th Infantry, Jan. 20, 1904)

— Appointed member of General Staff Corps, June 6, 1906, with station in Washington; on duty with Provisional Government of Cuba, from Oct. 13, 1906 to June 25, 1907.

(Transferred to 25th Infantry, July 8, 1905)

— Relieved from duty in Washington and ordered to the Philippines, sailing Feb. 17, 1909.

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

(Francis Joseph Kernan, Born Oct. 19, 1859.)

Military History. —

Major, 26th Infantry, Jan. 20, 1904

Transferred to 25th Infantry, July 8, 1905

En route to Philippines to May 2, 1909; at Manila, Assistant to Chief of Staff, Philippines Division, May 3 to Sept. 7, 1909; (relieved from General Staff, May 6, 1909); en route to U. S. and on leave of absence, Sept. 15, 1909, to Jan. 25, 1910; at Fort George Wright, Wash., commanding Battalion, Jan. 28, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel 15th Infantry, March 11, 1911)

(Transferred to 1st Infantry, May 13, 1911)

May 21, 1911;

(Adjutant-General, by Detail, June 21, 1911)

at Vancouver Bks., Wash., Adjutant General, Department of the Columbia, June 21, 1911, to Feb. 17, 1912; at Washington, D. C., Assistant to The Adjutant General, March 6, 1912, to Aug. 14, 1913, when he was  p316 relieved from detail in Adjutant General's Department; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Aug. 15, 1913, to

(Colonel of Infantry, Nov. 20, 1913)

(Assigned to 6th Infantry, April 25, 1914)

April 30, 1914; at El Paso, Texas, commanding regiment, May 3 to Aug. 2, 1914; on leave of absence, Aug. 3 to Sept. 21, 1914; en route to Philippines, Sept. 22 to Oct. 29, 1914;

(Transferred to 13th Infantry, Nov. 1, 1914)

at Fort William McKinley, P. I., commanding regiment, Nov. 2, 1914, to March 1, 1915; at Camp McGrath, P. I., commanding regiment, March 3, 1915, to Sept. 1, 1916; en route to U. S., Sept. 2 to

(Transferred to 28th Infantry, Oct. 10, 1916)

Oct. 13, 1916; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., sick, Oct. 14 to Nov. 8, 1916; at Washington, D. C., member of board, Nov. 14, 1916, to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., March 23, 1917)

April 1, 1917; at El Paso, Texas, commanding 2nd Brigade, April 6 to May 1, 1917; at Washington, D. C., member of board, May 7 to

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

Aug. 23, 1917; at Camp Wheeler, Ga., commanding 31st Division, Aug. 25 to Sept. 20, 1917; en route to France, Sept. 21 to Oct. 26, 1917; in France, commanding Service of Supply, Nov. 27, 1917, to July 29, 1918, when he was assigned to special Diplomatic Mission of the United States to negotiate with representatives of Germany on prisoners of war; completed this work Nov. 11, 1918, and was then assigned to duty with American Commission to Negotiate Peace; with Commission to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

Jan. 17, 1919, "for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He was entrusted with the important duty of organizing the services of supply of the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and the foundation then laid was later successfully carried to completion. As member of the war prisoners' commission, Berne, Switzerland, and of the American section of the Supreme War Council, he has rendered conspicuous services to the Government."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Mar. 23, 1917.

Major-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

In France, commanding Service of Supply, Nov. 27, 1917, to July 29, 1918, when he was assigned to Special Diplomatic Mission of the United States to negotiate with representatives of Germany on prisoners of war; with American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Nov. 11, 1918, to Apr. 18, 1919; at Washington, D. C., President of Board to investigate the administration of military justice and to recommend changes in the system, to Sept., 1919; en route to Philippines, Oct. 6 to

Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 14, 1919.

Nov. 23, 1919; commanding Philippine Department, Nov. 23, 1919, to Mar. 6, 1922; en route to U. S. to Apr. 3; on temporary duty at San Francisco to Apr. 30; at Omaha, Nebr., commanding 7th Corps Area, May 28 to Dec. 1, 1922.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 1, 1922,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Awarded Silver Star and cited for "gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Aug. 13, 1898."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Dec. 1, 1922.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 1 Dec 22.

Died Daytona Beach Fla, 4 Feb 45: Aged 85.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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