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Ernest D. Peek
Born at Oshkosh, WI.a
Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 19, 1897 to Feb. 18, 1901, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers (to rank from Feb. 2, 1901)
Served: Graduation leave, till March 10, 1901; with troops at Willet's Point, N. Y.; en route to the Philippine Islands, June 25, 1901 to Sept. 12, 1903;º in the Philippine Islands, on map and road work; Engineer Officer, Bacolod expedition, Sept. 5‑16, 1903.
(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, April 13, 1903)
— At Washington Barracks, to May 24, 1905; on river and harbor duty in Cincinnati, O., to March 21, 1906; in immediate charge of construction of Lock No. 10, Kentucky River; in charge of improvements and repairs of Ross and bridges in Yellowstone Park, Wyo., to Oct. 31, 1908; on temporary duty at Norfolk, Va., from Dec. 5, 1907 to March 31, 1908.
(Captain, Corps of Engineers, May 8, 1908)
— At Fort Leavenworth, Kas., to –––––, as Adjutant, 3d Battalion of Engineers, to –––––.
(Ernest Dichmann Peek, Born Nov. 19, 1878.)
Military History. —
Captain, Corps of Engineers, May 8, 1908.
At Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Battalion Adjutant, Nov. 4, 1908, to Aug. 20, 1909; student officer, Army School of the Line, to June, 1910, when he was graduated; student officer and distinguished graduate, Army Staff College, 1911; with troops, June, 1911, to Aug. 3, 1912; at Duluth, Minn., on River and Harbor Work, Aug. 4, 1912, to
(Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1914)
Nov. 1, 1916; at Washington, D. C., on River and Harbor Work, in office of Chief of Engineers, Nov. 7, 1916, to
(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 5, 1917)
(Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)
Sept. 7, 1917; at Camp Grant, Ill., organizing 21st Engineers, Sept. 10 to Dec. 26, 1917; in France, commanding 21st Engineers, Jan. 10 to Nov. 19, 1918; participated in St. Mihiel and in Argonne-Meuse Offensives; p937 Engineer of Railways and Roads, 1st Army, A. E. F., Aug. 17 to Nov. 25, 1918; Chief Engineer, 1st Army, A. E. F., Nov. 26, 1918, to Jan. 6, 1919; Deputy Director-General of Transportation, A. E. F., Jan. 7, 1919, to –––––
Distinguished Service Medal
"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He organized and conducted the operations of the standard gauge and light railways of the 1st Army. Although handicapped by lack of personnel and material he pushed the enterprise to success. By untiring, painstaking, and energetic efforts in the use of the inadequate means at his disposal, he displayed unusual talent for organization and masterful execution."
Military History: —
Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.
Deputy Director General of Transportation, American Expeditionary Forces, Jan. 7, 1919, to June 1, 1919; en route to United States, June 10, 1919, to June 19, 1919; at Washington, D. C., Office, Chief of Engineers, to Aug. 15, 1919;
p527 Returned to Grade of Major, Aug. 31, 1919.
student officer, Army War College, to June 29, 1920, when he was graduated, and then assigned as an instructor;
Lieutenant-Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1920.
Instructor, Army War College, to Feb. 8, 1921; en route to Panama to Feb. 20, 1921; at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone, Member of General Staff, G‑3, Department of Panama, Feb. 20, 1921, to Mar. 4, 1924; en route to United States, Mar. 4, to Mar. 10, 1924; at Washington, D. C., in office, Assistant Secretary of War, March 14, 1924, to Dec. 27, 1927; at Babson Park, Mass., student officer, Babson Institute, Jan. 2, 1928, to Oct. 26, 1929; at New York City, on duty River and Harbor Work, Oct. 26, 1929, to Sept. 22, 1930; detailed Inspector-General's Department, to –––––.
Distinguished Service Medal.
"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services. He organized and conducted the operations of the standard gauge and light railways of the 1st Army during its active operations, resulting in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient and the recovery of the extensive Meuse-Argonne area. Although handicapped by lack of personnel and matériel, he pushed the enterprise to success. By untiring, painstaking, and energetic efforts in the use of the inadequate means at his disposal, he displayed unusual talent for organization and masterful execution."
Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action during the encounter against the Moros at Fort Bacolod, Philippine Islands, on Apr. 8, 1903."
Awarded the French Certificate of the National Order of the Legion of Honor, Officer; French Cross of L'Etoile Noire, Officer.
Military History: —
(Lt.‑Col., C. E., July 1, 1920)
At New York, N. Y., River and Harbor Work, Oct. 26, 1929 to Sept. 22, 1930;
(Detailed I. G. D., Sept. 22, 1930)
at Governors Island, N. Y., 2d C. A. Hq to
(Col. C. E., July 1, 1931)
(relieved I. G. D., Sept. 21, 1934)
Sept. 21, 1934; at Norfolk, Va., Dist. Off., River and Harbor duty, to May 5, 1936; at New York, N. Y., Div. Engr., North Atlantic Div., to
(Member, Engr. Bd. for Rivers and Harbors, O. C. of E.)
(Brig.‑Gen., July 1, 1937)
July 7, 1937; at Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyo., comdg. Post and 4th Inf. Brig., to –––––
Military History: —
(Brig Gen 1 Jul 37)
Ft Francis E Warren Wyo, comdg Post and 4 Inf Brig, – 10 Oct 39; C, Inf Sec Hq 3 Div, 3 Oct 39–26 Apr 40;
(Detailed GSC 26 Apr 40)
Presidio of San Francisco Calif, c/s, 9 CA,
(Maj Gen AUS 26 Oct 40)
8 Nov 40;
(Relieved GSC 8 Nov 40)
CG, 9 CA,
(Maj Gen 1 Jun 41)
–30 Sep 41.
(Maj Gen Ret dsbl 31 Oct 42.)
Died Apr. 22, 1950, at San Francisco, Cal.: Aged 71.
Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
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