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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Fifty-First Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 14th, 1920.

[image ALT: A head‑and-shoulders photograph, three-quarters left, of a man in his early twenties, of a somewhat introspective appearance, with rather thin and already receding wavy hair. He wears the uniform of a West Point cadet. He is Guy William McClelland, the subject of this webpage.]

Guy W. McClelland

 p95  Guy William McClelland
No. 4848. Class of 1909.
Died January 17, 1919, at Langres, France, aged 32 years.

Guy W. McClelland was born in Berlin, Wisconsin, July 13, 1886, and graduated from the high school of that town in 1904. He then entered the University of Wisconsin at Madison, leaving college the following year to enter West Point. As a cadet "Sandy" was not conspicuous in the pursuit of "tenths," graduating number 99 in the class, but making the Cavalry, which was his chief concern.

 p55  His first appointment after graduation was to the 9th Cavalry, with which he served at Fort D. A. Russell and along the Border. He attended the National Matches at Camp Perry in 1911 and graduated from the Mounted Service School at Fort Riley in 1914. In November of that year he went to the Philippines and there served with the 8th and 15th Cavalry.

Returning to the States in the spring of 1917, McClelland joined the 25th Cavalry at Fort D. A. Russell. This regiment was later converted into the 83rd Field Artillery and was moved to Camp Fremont where he commanded a battery. After a course at Fort Sill, "Sandy" joined the 81st Field Artillery as a Major and went overseas with this regiment in October, 1918. He died very suddenly of cerebral hemorrhage, at Langres, January 17, 1919.

He is survived by a widow and one son who make their home in New York City. His mother, brother and sister still reside in Berlin, Wisconsin.

A classmate who knew him well as a cadet and later served in the same regiment, writes as follows:

"The last time I saw him was in France just after the armistice, and I found him the same old 'Sandy' that he was when I first knew him, a man of few words but with a ready smile; such a nice, quiet, wholesome, friendly smile. A man that was more than liked by all who were fortunate enough to know him; his quiet, confident way of conducting his affairs inspired man and beast alike with a fondness for him and a desire to be with him. A competent soldier, a comfortable friend, a loving husband and father was our 'Sandy.'

I always think of him as one of the very best friends I have had in my life, though there are other men whom I knew much more intimately, and the loss of the good officer, husband and father, means to our Class and to many others a very personal loss of a dear friend and companion."

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