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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1879

Vol. III

(Born Me.)

Lloyd M. Brett

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Dead River, ME.​a

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

Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, June 13, 1879.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Keogh, Mon., and in the field, Oct. 9, 1879, to May 16, 1881, — Ft. Maginnis, Mon., and in the field (leave of absence, Oct. 26, 1882, to Feb. 26, 1883), to Apr. 22, 1883, — Ft. Assinniboine, Mon., and in the field, to Oct. 24, 1883, — and Ft. Maginnis, Mon., to June 18, 1884; in garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Dec. 29, 1885; and on frontier duty Scouting in Arizona, to Sep. 25, 1886,

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, July 6, 1886)

— Ft. Bidwell, Cal. (leave of absence, Dec. 2, 1886, to Mar. 10, 1887) to July 13, 1888, — Ft. Klamath, Or., to Sep. 15, 1888, — and Ft. Bidwell, Cal., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Bidwell, Cal., to July 3, 1890; at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to Jan. 19, 1891; at Fort Wingate, N. M. (Regimental Adjutant, Jan. 16, 1893 to Jan. 13, 1897),

(Captain of Cavalry, 2d Cavalry, Jan. 13, 1897)

to Feb. 10, 1897; at Fort Riley, Kan., to Apr. 19, 1898; with regiment at Camp Thomas, Ga., Mobile, Ala., and Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Montauk Point, N. Y., to Sept. 11, 1898. — On mustering duty in connection with mustering‑out of volunteers, to July, 1899.

(Major, 31st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, July 5, 1899)

— With 31st U. S. Volunteers at Fort Thomas, Ky., July 26 to Aug. 26, 1899. — En route to and in Philippines to ––––

Medal of Honor

for most distinguished gallantry in action against hostile Sioux Indians near O'Fallon's Creek, Mont., April 1, 1880, by fearless  p314 exposure and dashing bravery, cutting off the Indians' pony herd and greatly crippling the hostiles; while 2d Lieutenant, 2d Cavalry.

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

Military History. — Served: En route to and in Philippines, to May 18, 1901.

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 31st U. S. Volunteer Infantry, May 31, 1900)

(Honorably mustered out, June 18, 1901)

— En route to and with regiment, 2d U. S. Cavalry, in Cuba, to Jan., 1902; at Fort Myer, Va., to Sept. 6, 1903; Adjutant-General, District of Columbia Militia, from Sept. 6, 1903 to May 1, 1908.

(Major, 4th Cavalry, March 30, 1905)

(Transferred to 1st Cavalry, April 20, 1905)

— En route to join regiment in Philippines, to –––––.

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

(Lloyd Milton Brett, Born Feb. 22, 1856.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor.

Major, 4th Cavalry, March 30, 1905.

Transferred to 1st Cavalry, April 20, 1905.

En route to join regiment in Philippines to July 4, 1908; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., with regiment, to Jan. 14, 1910; en route to U. S.,  p273 to Feb. 11, 1910; at Boisé Bks., Idaho, commanding post, Feb. 28 to Sept. 12, 1910; Superintendent Yellowstone National Park, Sept. 30, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, March 11, 1911)

(Assigned to 1st Cavalry, Sept. 11, 1911)

(Colonel of Cavalry, Aug. 25, 1914)

Oct. 26, 1916; in El Paso District, on Mexican border, Oct. 28, 1916, to Jan. 2, 1917; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 4th Cavalry, Jan. 12 to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 26, 1917; at Camp Lee, Va., with 160th Infantry Brigade, 80th Division, Sept. 19, 1917, to May 17, 1918 (commanded Camp and 80th Division, Nov. 26, 1917, to March 2, 1918); en route to France in command of 160th Brigade, May 17 to 30; in British Sector, engaged in training and in trench warfare, June 4 to Aug. 26; arrived in American Sector Aug. 28; part of Brigade was in offensive action with French Second Corps in the St. Mihiel, the remainder in reserve, Sept. 12‑15; in Battle of Meuse and Argonne, Sept. 26‑29, Oct. 4‑12, and Nov. 1‑6, 1918; en route to U. S., with Brigade, May 22 to 31, 1919;

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, July 31, 91)

at Fort Myer, Va., commanding 3rd Cavalry and post, Aug. 1, 1919, to Feb. 22, 1920.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 22, 1920,
By Operation of Law.

Officer of the Legion of Honor; awarded Croix de Guerre, with palm.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He commanded the 160th Infantry Brigade with particular efficiency in the markedly success­ful operations resulting in the occupation of the Dannevoux sector in October, 1918. In the actions near Imécourt and Buzancy in November his brigade broke the enemy's resistance. Due to his master­ful ability and brilliant leader­ship, these operations proved a crowning success."

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

Military History:

Medal of Honor.

Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel of Cavalry, Aug. 25, 1914.

Brigadier-General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

 p161  Returned to Grade of Colonel, July 31, 1919.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 22, 1920,
By Operation of Law.

At Washington, D. C., Adjutant General of the D. C. Militia, Nov. 23, 1923, to

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Feb. 28, 1927,
Act of Feb. 28, 1927.

Sept. 23, 1927.

Died, Sept. 23, 1927, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 71.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1936.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Brett's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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