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Vol. III
p365
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(Born Va.)

William Campbellº Langfitt

(Ap'd O.)

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Born Wellsburg, WV (at the time: VA).a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878, to July 25, 1879, and July 26, 1880, to June 13, 1883, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1883.

 p366  Served: with Battalion of Engineers at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1883, to Oct. 27, 1886; unassigned, Oct. 27 to Dec. 4, 1886; as Engineer

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sep. 30, 1884)

Officer of the Department of the Columbia, Dec. 14, 1886, to Aug. 28, 1888; and as Assistant to Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Ernst, since Sep. 26, 1888 (leave of absence, Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, 1889).

Vol. IV
p366
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: In 1890 at Galveston, Tex., Assistant to officer in charge of river and harbor works; relieved, Aug., 1893, and reported at Cincinnati, O., to Lieut.‑Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Stickney for duty under his orders.

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 31, 1895)

— Relieved from duty at Cincinnati, O., and ordered to Willets Point, N. Y., Aug., 1895. — In command of Company B, Battalion of Engineers, and Instructor of Electrical Engineering at U. S. Engineer School, till May 23, 1898. — Transferred to command of Company A, and ordered to join expedition forces to Philippine Islands in Spanish-American war.

(Major, 2d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 7, 1898)

 p367  — Organized 3d Battalion of regiment at San Francisco. — Ordered to Honolulu, H. I., July 26, 1898. — Served at Honolulu, H. I., with battalion as part of garrison with 1st New York Volunteer Infantry, until Dec. 7, 1898, when he assumed command of United States forces in the Hawaiian Islands, the 1st New York Volunteer Infantry having been ordered home. — Returned with Engineer battalion to San Francisco, April 20, 1899.

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, May 16, 1899)

— While in Hawaiian Islands, he was in charge of all engineering work; in command of U. S. forces there, Dec. 7, 1898 to April 20, 1899. — Member of Boards on selection of sites for post and general hospital near Honolulu, H. I., and for selection of harbor lines. — On temporary duty, office of Chief of Engineers, Washington, D. C., May 26 to June 17, 1899. — Portland, Ore., in charge of fortification, river, and harbor works (Columbia River, etc.), from July 1, 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
p340
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: Portland, Ore., in charge of fortification, river and harbor works (Columbia River, etc), from July 1, 1899 to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, April 21, 1903)

Aug. 17, 1905; temporary duty, Office Chief of Engineers, Washington, D. C., Aug. 24, 1905 to Nov. 15, 1905; Instructor Civil Engineering, Engineer School, Washington Barracks, D. C., Nov. 17, 1905 to June 12, 1906; in command of Engineer School, Engineer Depot, and post of Washington Barracks, D. C., June 12, 1906 to Oct. 3, 1906; Chief Engineer, Instruction Brigade, Camp Roosevelt, July to Sept., 1906; member Board of Engineers for rivers and harbors, July, 1905 to Sept., 1906; member, Board on Engineer Equipment of troops, June, 1906 to Oct., 1906; Chief Engineer, Army Cuban Pacification, Oct., 1906 to July, 1907.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 2, 1908)

— In command construction of buildings, Washington Barracks, D. C., and in command of Engineer School, Engineer Depot and post of Washington Barracks, D. C., and member, Board on Engineer Equipment of Troops, July, 1907 to –––––.

Vol. VI
p347
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(William Campbell Langfitt, Born Aug. 10, 1860.)

Military History. —

Major, Corps of Engineers, April 21, 1903.

At Washington Bks., D. C., in charge of construction of buildings, in command of Engineer School, Engineer Depot, and Post, July, 1907, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, June 2, 1908)

April 1, 1910; Engineer Secretary of Lighthouse Board, April to July, 1910; Member of Board of Reclamation Projects, July to November, 1910; Member of Board of Irrigation, San Carlos Project, 1912; Member of Board on Engineer Equipment of Troops, July, 1907, to

(Colonel, Corps of Engineers, Oct. 12, 1913)

December, 1913; Member of Board of Engineers for Rivers and Harbors, July, 1907, to January, 1914; in charge of Washington, D. C., River and Harbor District and of Water supply at Washington, July, 1910, to Jan. 1, 1914; Division Engineer, Southeastern Division, and Engineer, Savannah District, River and Harbor Work, January, 1914, to May, 1916; in charge of Railway Operations and Department Engineer, Southern Department, June, 1916, to May, 1917; at Chicago, Ill., organized 3rd (later 13th) Engineers (Railway), May to July, 1917;  p348 sailed from New York in command of 13th Engineers, July 23, 1917; in France Chief of Staff, Lines of Communication, Aug. 24 to

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

Sept. 28, 1917; manager of Light Railways, Sept. 29, 1917, to

(Major-General, National Army, Dec. 17, 1917)

March 12, 1918; Chief of Utilities, March 12 to July 11, 1918; Chief Engineer, American Expeditionary Force, July 11, 1918, to July 10, 1919; at New York, N. Y., Division Engineer and in charge of New York and Porto Rico Districts, September, 1919, to May 31, 1920.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 31, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Awarded

Distinguished Service Medal

Jan. 17, 1919.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As director of light railways, and roads and later as chief of utilities he displayed great ability and marked breadth of vision. As chief engineer of the American Expeditionary Forces his brilliant professional attainments, untiring energy, and devotion to duty placed his department in a state of efficiency and enabled it to perform its important function in the most satisfactory manner."

Commander of the Legion of Honor of France; Companion of the Most Honorableº Order of the Bath (English); Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium.

Vol. VII
p196
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 31, 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Commander of the Legion of Honor of France; Companion of the Most Honorableº Order of the Bath (English); Commander of the Order of the Crown of Belgium.

Civil History: — General Manager, Secretary and Treasurer, David Belais, Inc., New York, 1920 to 1926; Consulting Engineer, Coolidge Dam, Ariz., 1927 to 1929.

Vol. VIII
p65
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., May 31, 1920.

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Died, Apr. 20, 1934, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 73.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1935.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.


Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Langfitt's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.


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