[image ALT: Much of my site will be useless to you if you've got the images turned off!]
mail:
Bill Thayer

[image ALT: Cliccare qui per una pagina di aiuto in Italiano.]
Italiano

[Link to a series of help pages]
Help
[Link to the next level up]
Up
[Link to my homepage]
Home

This site is not affiliated with the US Military Academy.

[decorative delimiter]
USMA
Home

 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1889

Vol. III
p430
3325

(Born Mich.)

Joseph D. Leitch

(Ap'd Neb.)

44

Born Montague, MI.a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 15, 1884, to June 12, 1889, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 24th Infantry, June 12, 1889.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bayard, N. M., Sep. 30, 1889, to –––––.

Vol. IV
p488
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: At Fort Bayard, N. M., from Oct. 1, 1889 to Dec. 19, 1891. — Post Adjutant, etc., at San Carlos, Ariz., from Dec. 24, 1891 to May 20, 1892. — On duty with Company A, 24th Infantry, Post Adjutant, Exchange Officer, and Signal Officer, at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., from May 27, 1892 to Oct. 23, 1896. — On duty at Fort Douglas, Utah, from Oct. 23, 1896

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 7th Infantry, Dec. 22, 1896)

(Transferred to 24th Infantry, March 29, 1897)

to April 20, 1898. — On field duty with regiment at Chickamauga Park, Tampa, Cuba, and Montauk Point, from April 20 to Oct. 1, 1898. — Commanded Company B, 24th Infantry, from May 23 to July 11, 1898. — Acting Regimental Adjutant, July 1 to 19, 1898. — In battle at Fort San Juan, July 1‑3, 10, 11, 1898. — In yellow fever camp, Siboney, July 16 to 19; sick thereafter till Oct. 1, 1898. — Left Cuba, Aug. 25, 1898. — At Montauk Point, L. I., and Davids Island, N. Y. H., till Sept. 25, 1898. — Returned to duty, Fort Douglas, Utah, Oct. 1, 1898. — (Regimental Adjutant, Oct. 1, 1898 to –––––)

(Captain of Infantry, 25th Infantry, Sept. 8, 1899)

Vol. V
p441
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: Regimental Adjutant, Oct. 1, 1898 to Sept. 8, 1899; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., March 4, 1899 to Oct. 26, 1899; Post Adjutant, Presidio, March 5 to Oct. 11, 1899; Aide-de‑camp to Major-General Shafter, Oct. 11 to 25, 1899; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, Nov. 1, 1899 to July 19, 1900; at Fort Logan, Colo., commanding post and Company G, 25th Infantry, July 22 to Sept. 22, 1900; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry, Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, 1900; en route to Philippine Islands on Transport Hancock, commanding 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry, Oct. 1 to Oct. 28, 1900; at Bolinao, Zambales, Luzon, commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, Nov. 19, 1900 to Aug. 10, 1901.

(Regimental Adjutant, 25th Infantry,
Sept. 1, 1901 to Oct. 26, 1903)

— At Iba, Zambales, Luzon, P. I., Sept. 10, 1901 to March 8, 1902; at Malabon, Rizal, Luzon, P. I., March 10, 1902 to June 30, 1902; at Manila, P. I., June 30, 1902 to July 7, 1902; in quarantine on Transport Crook, Mariveles, P. I., July 7 to July 17, 1902; en route to U. S. on Transport Crook, with regiment, July 17 to Aug. 13, 1902; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., with regiment, Aug. 13 to Aug. 23, 1902; at Fort Niobrara, Neb., Aug. 27, 1902 to Oct. 27, 1903; (leave of absence, Sept. 1, 1902 to Dec. 1, 1902); (at Maneuver Camp, Fort Riley, Kas., with regiment, Aug. and Sept., 1903); at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, commanding post and Companies C and L, 25th Infantry, Oct. 28, 1903 to May 10, 1904; at Fort Niobrara, Neb., May 11, 1904 to July 8, 1906.

(Regimental Commissary, 25th Infantry,
Aug. 19, 1904 to June 13, 1906)

— (At Maneuver Camp, Manassas, Va., as Umpire, Aug., 1904); at Maneuver Camp, Austin, Tex., as Senior Umpire, Judge Advocate and Adjutant-General, July 11 to Sept. 4, 1906; on leave of absence, Sept. 8 to Nov. 29, 1906; at Fort Bliss, Tex., commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, Nov. 29, 1906 to June 12, 1907; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, June 18, 1907 to Aug. 10, 1907; en route to P. I., on Transport Crook, commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, Aug. 10 to Sept. 20, 1907; at Malabang, Mindanao, P. I., commanding Company G, 25th Infantry, Sept. 20, 1907 to –––––; (D. S. at Manila, P. I., Division Rifle Competition and Meet, Dec. 24, 1907 to –––––).

Vol. VI
p533
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Joseph Dugald Leitch, Born March 5, 1864.)

Military History. —

Captain, 25th Infantry, Sept. 8, 1899.

En route to Philippines, Aug. 10 to Sept. 20, 1907; at Malabang, Mindanao, P. I., commanding company, Sept. 20, 1907, to Dec. 28, 1908; at Camp Vickers, Mindanao, commanding post, company and company of Filipino Scouts, Jan. 13 to March 10, 1909; at Parang, Mindanao, March 11 to July 6, 1909; on leave of absence, July 7 to Sept. 16, 1909; en route to U. S. Sept. 17 to Oct. 9, 1909; at Fort Lawton, Wash., Oct. 10, 1909, to Jan. 24, 1910; detailed on General Staff, Jan. 25, 1910; p534at Washington, D. C., Secretary of 2nd Division, General Staff, and of Army War College, Feb. 6, 1910,

(Transferred to 28th Infantry, March 1, 1911)

(Major, 28th Infantry, March 11, 1911)

to Aug. 31, 1913; student officer at Army War College, Sept. 1, 1913, to April 28, 1914; en route from Washington, D. C., to Vera Cruz, Mexico, via Galveston, Texas, to May 2, 1914; at Vera Cruz, Brigade Adjutant, 5th Infantry Brigade, and Chief of Staff, American Expeditionary Force, May 2 to Nov. 23, 1914; at Galveston, Texas, Nov. 26, 1914; on leave of absence, Dec. 1, 1914, to Jan. 31, 1915; in camp at Galveston, commanding 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, Feb. 1 to Aug. 20, 1915; in camp at Texas City, Texas, commanding 3rd Battalion, 27th Infantry, Aug. 21 to

(Transferred to 27th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1915)

Sept. 28, 1915; en route with regiment to Philippines via Panama Canal, Sept. 29, 1915, to March 5, 1916 (stopped en route at Camp Grant, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, Oct. 4, 1915, to Jan. 24, 1916); at Manila, commanding 3rd Battalion, March 5 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 8th Infantry, July 1, 1916)

Oct. 2, 1916; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., with 8th Infantry, October, 1916, to May 14, 1917; en route to U. S., May 15 to June 8, 1917; at San Francisco, Cal., awaiting orders, June 9 to 17, 1917;

(Assigned to 40th Infantry, June –––, 1917

at Fort Snelling, Minn., commanding 40th Infantry, June 20 to

(Colonel of Infantry, July 18, 1917)

Aug. 16, 1917, and commanding Officers' Training Camp, Aug. 17 to Sept. 30, 1917; at Washington, D. C., member of General Staff, Oct. 4, 1917, to

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

Feb. 16, 1918; at Camp Fremont, Cal., commanding 15th Brigade, 8th Division, Feb. 22 to

(Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

Oct. 5, 1918; at Camp Lewis, Wash., commanding 13th Division, Oct. 7, 1918, to ––––

Vol. VII
p293
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Colonel of Infantry, July 18, 1917.

Major-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918.

At Camp Lewis, Wash., commanding 13th Division, Oct. 5, 1918, to Apr. 26, 1919;

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Apr. 30, 1919.

in Siberia, serving as Inspector General and Chief of Staff, A. E. F., Siberia, May 25, 1919 to Mar. 10, 1920; at Manila, P. I., Commanding 27th Infantry and Post of Manila, Mar. 14 to Aug. 19, 1920; Chief of Staff, Philippine Department, Aug. 20, 1920 to Feb. 20, 1921; at Camp Lewis, Wash., Chief of Staff, 3rd Division, Mar. 21, 1921 to Sept. 30, 1924; at Los Angeles, Calif., with Organized Reserves, Oct. 10, 1924 to June 25, 1925; at Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., with Organized Reserves, June 26, 1925 to Mar. 26, 1926

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Jan. 19, 1926.

at Fort McPherson, Ga., commanding 8th Brigade and Post, Apr. 1, 1926 to Jan. 24, 1927; at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., commanding 5th Brigade and Post, Feb. 23 to Oct. 5, 1927;

p294 Major-General, U. S. A., Nov. 6, 1927.

at Fort Lewis, Wash., commanding 3rd Division and station, Oct. 5, 1928 to Mar. 5, 1928.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Mar. 5, 1928.
By Operation of Law.

Awarded

Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As chief of staff of the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia he gave proof of his great breadth of vision, keen foresight, sound judgment, and tact. By his brilliant professional attainments, coupled with great diplomacy, he handled most ably the many delicate situations with which he was confronted. His fine soldierly qualities were at all times outstanding, and by his masterful grasp of the situation he was able to meet successfully each new and difficult problem with which he was faced. He rendered most conspicuous services of inestimable value to the Government in a place of great responsibility and at a time of gravest importance."

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Awarded: Campaign badges as follows: Indian Wars, War with Spain, 1898, Army of Occupation, Military Government of Cuba, Philippine Insurrection, 1899, Mexican Service, 1911‑17, — Victory, with Siberian Clasp.

Awarded; Italian Cross of St. Maurice and Lazarus, and Czecho-Slovak Cross of War for services in Siberia.

Vol. VIII
p80
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Mar. 5, 1928.

Died, Oct. 26, 1938, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 74.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1940.º


Thayer's Note:

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


[image ALT: Valid HTML 4.01.]

Page updated: 2 Jul 14