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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1890

Vol. III
p433
3352

(Born Min.)

Milton Fennimoreº Davis

(Ap'd Or.)

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Born near Mantorville, MN.a1

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1886, to June 12, 1890, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1890.

Vol. IV
p497
[Supplement, Vol. IV: 1890‑1900]

Military History. — Served: Joined regiment at Fort Walla Walla, Wash., Oct. 10, 1890; at Fort Walla Walla till April 9, 1891; on duty with Troop I, 4th Cavalry, in Department of California, from April 13, 1891 to Feb. 11, 1897 (except during various tours of special duty and detached service, as Presidio Police Officer, Post Exchange Officer, Signal Officer, and Engineer Officer, and mapping southern Sierra Forest Reserve, during the summer of 1896). — On duty with troop in Yosemite National Park during summers of 1891‑93, and Sequoia Park, summer of 1896. — (Distinguished marksman, 1893.)

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 14, 1897)

(Transferred to 1st Cavalry, March 10, 1897)

— On duty, Department of the Lakes, commanding Troop C, 1st Cavalry (Fort Sheridan, Ill.), June 30, 1897 to April 20, 1898. — In command of troop throughout Spanish-American war. — At Chickamauga Park, April 20 to May 14, 1898; Lakeland, Fla., May 15 to June 7. — En route to Cuba, June 7 to 23. — Took part in the battle of San Juan, July 1, 2, and 3, and subsequent siege of Santiago to the surrender. — Recommended for brevet for gallantry at Santiago. — Military Governor of El Caney, Cuba, July 18 to Aug. 7. — En route from Santiago to Montauk, Aug. 7 to 17, 1898. — Assistant Mustering Officer, State of Illinois, Sept. 10, 1898, to May 1, 1899. — In command of Troop C, 1st Cavalry, Fort Robinson, Neb., May 8, 1899 to ––––

Vol. V
p448
[Supplement, Vol. V: 1900‑1910]

Military History. — Served: In command of Troop C, 1st Cavalry, Fort Robinson, Neb., May 8, 1899 to July 21, 1900; en route to and in Philippine Islands, July 21, 1900 to April 4, 1903; in command of Troop C, 1st Cavalry, to July 28, 1901.

(Captain, 1st Cavalry, Feb. 1, 1901)

p449 — Engagements: With Troop C, 1st Cavalry, relief of Pagbilao, night of May 7, 1901; in command of Troops C and L, 1st Cavalry, engaged insurgents twice, May 26, 1901; Adjutant-General, 3d Brigade, Department of Luzon, Oct. 1, 1901 to March 1, 1903; Secretary, General Service and Staff College, Infantry and Cavalry School, Staff College and Signal School, Fort Leavenworth, Kas., June 1, 1903 to Aug. 15, 1907.

(Transferred to 10th Cavalry, Dec. 27, 1904)

— In General Staff Corps, Aug. 15, 1907 to –––––.

Vol. VI
p550
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Born Nov. 15, 1864.)

Military History. —

Captain, 1st Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901.

Transferred to 10th Cavalry, Dec. 27, 1904.

Member General Staff Corps, Aug. 15, 1907, to June 14, 1909.

(Major and Judge Advocate, June 14, 1909)

Major, U. S. A., Retired, June 16, 1909,
for Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

At Cornwall, N. Y., Commandant New York Military Academy, June 19, 1909, to Feb. 26, 1918; (on duty at Governor's Island, N. Y., Training Camp Division, July and August, 1917);

(Colonel, Temporary, Signal Corps, Feb. 26, 1918)

at Washington, D. C., in Office of Chief Signal Officer, March 13 to June 20, 1918; Chief of Training, Air Service, June 20, 1918, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1918)

Civil History. — Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, New York Military Academy, April 9, 1910, to –––––; given indefinite leave during period of European War; Director and Vice-President, Cornwall National Bank, 1912, to ––––

Vol. VII
p302
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Major, U. S. A., Retired, June 16, 1909,
for Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Colonel, Temporary, Signal Corps, Feb. 26, 1918.

At Washington, D. C., in Office of Chief Signal Officer, Mar. 13, to June 20, 1918; Chief of Training, and Executive Air Service, June 20, 1918, to June 30, 1919;

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 9, 1918.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 29, 1921.

Brigadier-General, Air Corps Reserves, Dec. 23, 1921.

p303 Awarded

Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As Chief of the Schools Section, Division of Military Aeronautics, his work in perfecting a system of training was thorough and complete. His soundness of judgment, fairness in dealing with all the boards of officers and branches of the service, and unusual executive ability made his work a decisive factor in the successful production of trained Air personnel. He rendered services of the highest order to the Government in a position of great responsibility."

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

Civil History: — Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, New York Military Academy Apr. 9, 1910, to ––––– (Given indefinite leave during period of World War); Director and Vice President, Cornwall National Bank, 1912, to ––––; Superintendent, New York Military Academy, since Aug. 22, 1922; President, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce; President and Commissioner, Orange County New York Boy Scouts of America; National Councillor, Boy Scouts of America; National Councillor, U. S. Chamber of Commerce; President and Director, Hudson Valley Federated Chamber of Commerce; President Association Military Schools and Colleges of America; Fellow American Geographical Society.

Vol. VIII
p81
[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj., Ret., June 16, 1909.

Col., Ret., May 29, 1921.

Civil History: — Secretary and Treasurer, Board of Trustees and Board of Directors, New York Military Academy, Cornwall, N. Y., Apr. 9, 1910 to 1922; Superintendent, New York Military Academy, to 1937; President, New York Military Academy, to May 31, 1938. Vice President and Director, Cornwall National Bank, to 1938.

Died, May 31, 1938, at Cornwall‑on‑Hudson, N. Y.: Aged 73.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1939.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.a2


Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Col. Davis's birthplace and his burial place are from his AOG obituary.


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