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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1871

Vol. III

(Born O.)

James R. Wasson​1

(Ap'd Io.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1867, to June 12, 1871, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1871.

Served on leave of absence in China and Japan, June 12, 1871, to July 1, 1872.

Resigned, July 1, 1872.

Civil History. — Professor of Mathematics in the College Hokkaido, Japan, being employed, Mar., 1872, to Mar. 1873, in constructing roads, etc., in the island of Yezo. Surveyor-in‑chief to the Kaitakushi of Hokkaido, Mar., 1873, making a Topographical Survey of Yezo, till Mar. 31, 1874. Chief Engineer, Apr. 1, 1874, with the rank of Colonel (Chuza), in the Imperial Army of Japan, being engaged in the Formosa Campaign, Apr. to Oct., 1874, and in Tokio, till Mar., 1875. Professor of Civil Engineering in the Imperial University of Tokio, Oct., 1875, to Sep., 1876. Member of the Imperial Order of Merit of Meiji, receiving the decoration of the "Rising Sun" of the order for his gallant and faithful services in the Formosa Campaign, 1874.

Military History. — Served: in the Paymaster-General's Office, Washington,

(Major, Staff — Paymaster, U. S. Army, Sep. 14, 1876)

D. C., Feb. 23 to Apr. 14, 1877; as Paymaster, San Antonio, Tex., Aug. 27, 1877, to June 12, 1879, — Ft. Brown, Tex., to Jan. 1880, — Brownsville, Tex., to May 1, 1880, — San Antonio, Tex., to Feb., 1882, — and Galveston, Tex. (leave of absence, Apr. 23 to Oct. 21, 1882), to May, 1883; and in arrest, to July 3, 1883.

Dismissed, July 3, 1883.

Civil History. — Counselor at Law, Des Moines, Io., since 1885.

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

Civil History. — Life insurance business. — Post-office address, Pittsburg, Pa. — Tendered his services to the War Department at the outbreak of the Spanish-American war.

Military History. — Private, 46th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Oct. 9, 1899. — En route to and in the field, Philippine Islands, to ––––

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

Military History. — When troops were called for to suppress insurrection in Philippine Islands, enlisted Oct. 7, 1899, and was assigned to the 46th U. S. Volunteers. — Served with that regiment throughout the insurrection in the P. I. as sergeant, color sergeant and private till muster out of regiment at Presidio, San Francisco, May, 1901.

Civil History. — Civil and Mining Engineer with Gov. A. R. Shepherd in Mexico, 1902. — Insurance in Chicago 1903 and 1904. — 1904 to 1909 with Lennox Furnace Co., Marshalltown, Iowa.

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

(James Robert Wasson, Born Jan. 11, 1847.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1871.

Resigned, July 1, 1872.

Major and Paymaster, Sept. 14, 1876.

Dismissed, July 3, 1883,
Per G. C. M. O. No. 30, A. G. O., June 27, 1883.

Civil History. — At Marshalltown, Iowa, with Lennox Furnace Co., 1904 to 1909; on account of failing health, entered National Soldiers' Home, 1912; was at Mountain Branch, Tenn., at Southern Branch, Va., and later (1918) at National Soldiers' Home at Danville, Ill.; in 1919 returned to Marshalltown, Iowa, and in June, 1920, moved to National Soldiers' Home at Phoebus, Va.

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

Military History: —

Second Lieutenant, 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1871.

Resigned, July 1, 1872.

Major and Paymaster, Sept. 14, 1876.

Dismissed, July 3, 1883,
Per G. C. M. O. No. 30, A. G. O., June 27, 1883.

Died, Feb. 17, 1923; at Washington, Iowa: Aged 76.

Buried, Hartford Cemetery, Hartford, IA.

The Author's Note:

1 James R. Wasson, before becoming a Cadet, served in the 34th Iowa Volunteers, Jan. 26, 1864, to Aug. 15, 1865, being engaged in the Red River Campaign, and the operations in 1864 and 1865 against Mobile, Ala.

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