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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born Wash.)

Benjamin Alvord, Jr.​1

(Ap'd D. C.)


Born Vancouver, WA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1877, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 20th Infantry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Hays, Kan., Sep. 30, 1882, to June 29, 1885; on leave of absence, to Aug. 29, 1885; at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to July 11, 1887; under orders, to Aug. 28, 1887; and at the Military Academy as Asst. Professorº of Modern Languages, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: Asst. Instructor,º Department of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., Aug., 1887

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 22d Infantry, Jan. 7, 1891)

(Transferred to 20th Infantry, July 20, 1891)

to Aug., 1892; with regiment, Fort Assinniboine, Mont., Aug., 1892 to Oct., 1894, and at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Oct., 1894 to April, 1898; Assistant Instructor, U. S. Infantry and Cavalry School, Oct., 1894; (Adjutant, 20th Infantry, March, 1895 to May, 1898); with regiment in the field at Mobile, Ala., from April, 1898 until detached for duty with U. S. Volunteers, May 24, 1898.

(Captain of Infantry, 20th Infantry, April 26, 1898)

(Captain and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers,
May 12, 1898 — Declined)

— On duty as Adjutant-General of brigades of 1st Division, 4th Army Corps, and Adjutant-General, Inspector-General, Chief Ordnance Officer, and Mustering Officer, 1st Division, 7th Army Corps, at Mobile, Ala., Miami and Jacksonville, Fla., May to Oct., 1898.

(Major and Chief Ordnance Officer, July 18, 1898)

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, Jan. 16, 1899)

— Rejoined regiment at San Francisco, Cal., Jan. 26, 1899; commanded company en route to Manila, P. I., and in the field against insurgents in Luzon, P. I., until April 25, 1899. — (Quartermaster, 20th Infantry, April 25, 1899 to –––––)

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 19, 1899)

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

Military History. —

(Quartermaster, 20th Infantry, April 25 to Sept. 20, 1899)

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 19, 1899)

 p335  — Adjutant-General, 2d Division, 8th Army Corps, Oct. 19, 1899 to April 12, 1900; in field against Insurgents in Luzon, P. I.; Adjutant-General, Department Northern Luzon, P. I., to July 15, 1901.

(Honorably Discharged from Volunteer Service, June 30, 1901)

— With regiment, Fort Logan, Colo.; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to April, 1903; detailed on General Staff, with station at Washington, D. C., April 17, 1903; Secretary, General Staff, June 30, 1904 to June 10, 1905.

(Major, Military Secretary, June 10, 1905)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Military Secretary, June 17, 1905)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Adjutant-General, March 2, 1907)

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

(Born May 15, 1860.)

Military History. —

Captain, 20th Infantry, April 26, 1898

Major, Assistant Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, Oct. 18, 1899

Honorably Discharged Volunteer Service, June 30, 1901

Major, Military Secretary, June 10, 1905

Lieut.‑Colonel, Adjutant-General, March 5, 1907

At Washington, D. C., on duty in office of the Adjutant‑General, to February, 1912; at Fort Totten and Governor's Island, N. Y., Adjutant and Assistant Adjutant, Department of the East, February, 1912, to October, 1913; at Texas City, Texas, Adjutant, 2nd Division, October, 1913, to

(Colonel, Adjutant-General, Nov. 14, 1913)

April, 1914; at Vera Cruz, Mexico, acting Chief of Staff, American Expeditionary Force, April to September, 1914; at Manila, P. I., Adjutant, Philippine Department, January, 1915, to January, 1917; at San Francisco, Cal., Adjutant Western Department, February to April, 1917; at Charleston, S. C., Adjutant Southeastern Department, April to May, 1917; en route to and in France, Adjutant-General, American Expeditionary Forces, May, 1917, to

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

May, 1918;

(Honorably Discharged from National Army Only, May 16, 1918)

at Washington, D. C., sick in hospital and in quarters, May 16 to July 31, 1918; at Charleston, S. C., Acting Chief of Staff and Adjutant, Southeastern Department, Aug. 1, 1918, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For especially meritorious and distinguished services. As adjutant general of the American Expeditionary Forces during the beginning of its organization his long experience, good judgment, and breadth of vision were of great value in the establishment of the innumerable activities of the Adjutant General's Department of the American Expeditionary Forces."

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

Military History. —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel, Adjutant-General, Nov. 14, 1913.

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

Returned to Grade of Colonel, May 16, 1918.

At Charleston, S. C., Acting Chief of Staff and Adjutant, Southeastern Department, Aug. 1, 1918, to May 20, 1919; at San Francisco, Calif., Acting Chief of Staff and Adjutant, Western Department and 9th Corps Area, June 1, 1919, to Apr. 20, 1922; at Washington, D. C., in office of The Adjutant General, Apr. 25 to Aug. 15, 1922;

Brigadier-General, Assistant the Adjutant General, Aug. 16, 1922.

and Assistant to The Adjutant General and Chief of Personnel Bureau, Adjutant General's Office, Aug. 16, 1922, to May 15, 1924.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, May 15,1924,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Cainta, Luzon, P. I., June 13, 1899."

Died, Apr. 13, 1927, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 66.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1931.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Benjamin Alvord, Class of 1833.

Thayer's Note:

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

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