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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1881

Vol. III

(Born Pa.)

Joseph A. Gaston

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Honey Brook, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 11, 1881, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry, June 11, 1881.

Served: on frontier duty in the field and at Ft. Clark, Tex., Sep. 29 to Oct. 30, 1881, — Ft. Duncan, Tex., and Scouting, to Apr. 29, 1883, — Ft. Clark, Tex., to Sep. 6, 1883, — San Antonio, Tex., and in the field (leave  p347 of absence, Oct. 1, 1884, to Jan. 28, 1885), to June 13, 1885, — Scouting in New Mexico, to Oct. 11, 1886, — San Antonio, Tex., to Oct. 21, 1887,

(First Lieut., 8th Cavalry, Apr. 24, 1886)

— Ft. Davis, Tex., to May 17, 1888, — and on the march to and at Ft. Keogh, Mon. (leave of absence, Dec. 23, 1888, to Feb. 21, 1889), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Returned from Sioux campaign to Fort Keogh, Mont., Jan. 31, 1891. — Appointed Regimental Adjutant, 8th Cavalry, March, 1891, and ordered to Fort Meade, S. D. — Relieved as Adjutant, 8th Cavalry, Sept. 7, 1893, at his own request, to accept detail on recruiting service; served on recruiting duty at Evansville, Ind., for one year, and at Chicago one year. — Rejoined at Fort Meade, S. D., Oct. 31, 1895.

(Captain of Cavalry, 8th Cavalry, Jan. 3, 1895)

— April 24, 1898, was transferred by rail with his troop, F, 8th Cavalry, to Fort Sill, Okla.; Huntsville, Ala., Oct. 5, 1898 until Jan. 30, 1899, when he was ordered with his troop to Puerto Principe, Cuba; Puerto Principe, Feb. 15, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Puerto Principe, Feb. 15, 1899 to about Dec., 1899; troop changed station by marching to Ciego De Avila, Cuba; was appointed Disbursing Officer of the Trocha, from Jucara to Morro, until about Sept., 1900; on four months' leave, until Jan., 1901; on rejoining, exchanged station with troop, by marching (Feb., 1901) to Morro Castle, Santiago, Cuba; troop returned to U. S., 1902, reaching Jefferson Barracks, Mo., about May 1, 1902; remained there until Feb. 22, 1903.

(Major, 1st Cavalry, Feb. 22, 1903)

— With regiment in Texas at Fort Clark and San Antonio, until May 2, 1906; went with regiment to San Francisco, Cal. to help in relief work; assisted Superintendent of Permanent Camps until about May 31, 1906, when he was appointed Superintendent of Permanent Camps; was retained in that capacity by civil authorities; on relief of military, July 2, 1906, until resignation as Superintendent was accepted, Sept. 30, 1906; rejoined regiment, Dec. 6, 1906; sailed for Philippine Islands, Dec. 5, 1907; reached Manila, Jan. 2, 1908; at Camp Stotsenburg, Pampanga, P. I., Jan. 3, 1908 to –––––.

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

(Joseph Alfred Gaston, Born Sept. 2, 1856.)

Military History. —

Major, 1st Cavalry, Feb. 22, 1903

At Camp Stotsenburg, Pampanga, P. I., Jan. 3, 1908, to January, 1910; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., February, 1910, to January, 1911; at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., taking Field Officer's Course, January to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

March 25, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., taking Field Officer's Course, April 1 to June, 1911; at Army War College, Washington, D. C., Aug. 14, 1911, to June 30, 1912; on leave of absence and at Connecticut Maneuvers, July 1 to August, 1912;

(Assigned to 10th Cavalry, Sept. 19, 1912)

joined regiment at Ft. Ethan Allen, Vt.;

(Colonel of Cavalry, March 4, 1913)

at Fort Riley, Kans., commanding post, March 25, 1913, to April 29, 1914;

(Assigned to 6th Cavalry, May 1, 1914)

at Texas City, Texas, with regiment, May 1, 1914, to August, 1915; at Harlingen, Texas, August, 1915, to April, 1916; with Punitive Expedition into Mexico, April, 1916, to May, 1917; in command of Big Bend District, Texas, May 17, 1917, to

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

Aug. 23, 1917; at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas, commanding Depot Brigade, from Aug. 24, 1917; commanded 90th Division to Dec. 27, 1917; at Chickamauga Park, Ga., commanding 11th Brigade, 6th Division, December, 1917, to March 31, 1918; at Montgomery, Ala., and Petersburg, Va., with ––––– Brigade, 37th Division, April 1 to June 9, 1918; at Camp Meade, Md., with 154th Depot Brigade; Camp Commander and later, Executive Officer, June 10, 1918, to Feb. 5, 1919;

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, Feb. 5, 1919)

awaiting orders to Feb. 24; at Philadelphia, Pa., commanding Recruiting District, Feb. 24, 1919, to June 2, 1920; on leave of absence to Sept. 2, 1920.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 2, 1920,
By Operation of Law.

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 2,1920,
By Operation of Law.

 p178  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Traveled for one year in Europe after retirement.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Sept. 2, 1920.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Died, March 31, 1937, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 80.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1937.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

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

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