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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III

(Born Ky.)

Thomas Cruse

(Ap'd Ky.)


Born Owensboro, KY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1875, to June 13, 1879, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Camp Thomas, Ara., Sep. 24 to Oct. 28, 1879, — Ft. Apache, Ara., and Scouting, to May, 1880, being engaged, Apr. 7 and 19, 1890, with Apaches, — in command of company of Indian Scouts in the field, and at Ft. Apache, Ara., to Nov., 1881, being engaged, Aug. 29 and Sep. 7, 1881, with Apaches, — Ft. Apache, Ara. (leave of absence, Jan. 12 to March 11, 1882), and Scouting, to Nov. 2, 1882, being engaged, July 17, 1882, in the Act of Chevalon's Fork, Ara., — Ft. Lowell, Ara., and Scouting (leave of absence, Aug. 26 to Oct. 18, 1883), to June 8, 1884, — Ft. Stanton, N. M., and Scouting (leave of absence, Jan. 11 to Mar. 24, 1886), to Oct. 21, 1886, — Ft. Union, N. M., to Aug. 27, 1887, — on the march to and at Ft. Lewis, Col., to Oct. 22, 1887,

(First Lieut., 6th Cavalry, Sep. 28, 1887)

— and Ft. Stanton, N. M. (leave of absence, Dec. 8, 1887, to Feb. 6, 1888), to Aug. 19, 1889; and at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., Sep. 1, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(Brevet First Lieut., Feb. 27, 1890, for gallant services in action against Indians at Big Dry Wash, Ariz., July 17, 1882)

Medal of Honor

for distinguished conduct in action against hostile Apache Indians, at the Big Dry Wash, Ariz., July 17, 1882, gallantly charging the enemy, and also with his carbine compelling a party of them to keep under cover of their breastworks, thus being enabled to recover a soldier severely wounded; while serving as Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry.

Served: Student, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, Sept., 1889 to 1891 (Honor Graduate, 1891). — Instructor, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, Aug., 1891 until Dec., 1893. — (Regimental Quartermaster, 6th Cavalry, Dec., 1893.) — Joined regiment at Fort Niobrara, Neb., Dec., 1893. — Ordered, with Headquarters 6th Cavalry, to Fort Myer, Va., Oct., 1894.

(Captain, Staff — Asst. Quartermaster, Dec. 1 and Dec. 22, 1896)

— Fort Washington, Md., constructing Quartermaster, until May, 1897. — Abroad in Europe from May to Oct., 1897. — Constructing Quartermaster at Key West, Nov., 1897 to March, 1898. — April 16, 1898, specially ordered to purchase and fit out pack-train for service in Cuba; purchased 17,000 mules and 1200 horses during months of April, May, June, and July. — Chief Quartermaster, 3d Division, 1st Army Corps, at Chickamauga Park, Ga., Aug. 10. — Camp Hamilton, Lexington, Ky., Aug. 21 until Nov. 17, 1898. — Chief Quartermaster, 2d Division, 1st Army Corps, at Columbus, Ga., under orders for Matanzas, Cuba, to ––––

(Major and Quartermaster U. S. Volunteers, May 12, 1898)

— Chief Quartermaster, 3d Division, 1st Army Corps, and Chief Quartermaster, 2d Division, 1st Army Corps.

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

Military History. — Chief Quartermaster, 2d Division, 1st Army Corps, at Columbus, Ga., under orders for Matanzas, Cuba, to March 1, 1899; relieved from duty, 1st Army Corps, placed in charge transport with Secretary of War, Cuba, Jamaica, and Porto Rico, during March and April, 1899; stationed in New York in charge of Transport Ingalls, May, 1899; relieved from duty as Transport Quartermaster, ordered to duty as Assistant to Chief Quartermaster, San Juan, Porto Rico; joined in June, 1899; in charge of Depot Quartermaster's Office and transportation at San Juan; also distribution of relief supplies to hurricane sufferers, until Aug. 10, 1900; ordered to the Philippines, Sept., 1900; reported at San Francisco, Cal., in charge of Troop Leelanaw, with cargo of public animals for Manila Sept. 26, 1900; reported for duty at Manila, Nov. 21, 1900; made Depot Quartermaster in charge of Land and Water Transportation and Property, Jan. 1, 1901; Depot Quartermaster from that time until Aug., 1902; mustered out as Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, May 1, 1901.

(Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Army, July 5, 1902)

— Left Manila, Sept. 5, 1902; reached San Francisco, Cal., Oct. 16, 1902; on sick leave for one month, surgeon's certificate of disability, extended one month; on duty at Washington, Jan. 17, 1903, until July 18, 1903; Depot Quartermaster at St. Louis, Mo., from last date to Oct. 1, 1905; Assistant to Chief Quartermaster, Chicago, and  p291 in charge of manufacture of clothing at Racine, Wis., until Oct. 1, 1906; Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Missouri, Omaha, Neb., Oct. 10, 1906 to Oct. 1, 1907; on duty as Depot Quartermaster, Boston, Mass., Oct. 20, 1907 to –––––;

Medal of Honor,

Philippine Campaign Medal, and a member of the Society of Indian Wars.

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

(Born Dec. 29, 1857.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor

Major and Quartermaster, July 5, 1902.

At Boston, Mass., Depot Quartermaster, Oct. 20, 1907, to Feb. 15, 1910 (Chief Quartermaster at Maneuver Camp at Fort Riley, Kans., July-September, 1908); at Chicago, Ill., Chief Quartermaster, Department of the Lakes, Feb. 17, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Deputy Quartermaster General, Feb. 17, 1910)

February, 1911 (Chief Quartermaster at Maneuver Camp, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., August-September, 1910); at Boston, Mass., Depot Quartermaster, February, 1911, to Nov. 10, 1912; at Philadelphia, Pa., Depot Quartermaster, November, 1912, to

 p271  (Colonel, Quartermaster Corps, Feb. 1, 1913)

March 1, 1915; at Washington, D. C., in office of Quartermaster General, March to September, 1915; at Army War College to April 10, 1916, when he was graduated; on duty in office of Quartermaster General, April 10, 1916, to

(Brigadier-General, Quartermaster Corps, Dec. 9, 1916)

Jan. 9, 1918.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 8, 1918,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Medal of Honor (gallantry in action); Indian Campaign medal; Philippine Campaign medal; member of Society of Indian Wars.

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

Military History: —

Medal of Honor.

Brigadier-General, Quartermaster Corps, Dec. 9, 1916.

 p160  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 8, 1918,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Awarded: Medal of Honor (gallantry in action); Indian Campaign medal; Philippine Campaign medal; member of Society of Indian Wars.

Civil History: — Since retirement, traveled in Panama, New Mexico and Costa Rica.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Jan. 8, 1918.

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 8 Jan 18.

Died June 8, 1943, at Ft Sam Houston Tex: Aged 85.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Cruse's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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