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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born Ark.)

William H. Allaire

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born Pocahontas, AR.​a

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

Second Lieut., 23d Infantry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Bliss, Tex., Sep. 29, 1882, to June 13, 1884; and in garrison at Ft. Wayne, Mich., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Wayne, Mich., to May 8, 1890; at Fort Davis, Tex.,

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 23d Infantry, July 15, 1890)

to July 17, 1890; at Neville Springs, Tex., to Oct., 1890; on recruiting  p365 service at Memphis, Ten., Oct. 15, 1890 to June 1, 1891, and at Louisville, Ky., to Oct. 5, 1892; garrison duty at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to May 6, 1893; on duty at U. S. M. A., as Assistant Instructor of Tactics, June 15, 1893 to Aug. 31, 1897; on leave to Nov. 22, 1897; garrison duty at Fort Ringgold, Tex., to April 18, 1898; on sick leave, April 30 to June 16, 1898.

(Captain of Infantry, 23d Infantry, April 26, 1898)

— At Washington, D. C., as Adjutant-General, D. C. Militia, June 16, 1898 to Feb. 1, 1899. — En route to and with regiment in Philippines to ––––

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

Military History. — Unknown, no information having been received.

(Major, 24th Infantry, Nov. 5, 1904)

(Transferred to 23d Infantry, March 18, 1905)

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

(William Herbert Allaire, Born Jan. 1, 1858.)

Military History. —

Captain, 23d Infantry, April 26, 1898

At Cebu, P. I., and in the field commanding Company, March, 1899, to June, 1900; engaged in skirmish at El Pardo Mountain, Aug. 23, 1899; in Battle of Bocane Heights, Aug. 30, 1899; in skirmish in Jacupan Valley, Oct. 30, 1899; in Battle of Sudlon Mountain, Jan. 7 and 8, 1900; in skirmish at El Pardo, Feb. 1, 11 and 23, 1900; left Philippines with Battalion, July 1, 1901; at Fort Logan, Col., commanding Company to Sept. 22, 1901, and commanding post to Jan. 7, 1902; on leave to March 18, 1902; at Fort McPherson, Ga., commanding Company, to July 22, 1902; at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., to April 20, 1903, when he returned with regiment to the Philippines; in Mindanao, commanding Company, from June 2, 1903; with General Wood in all of his expeditions against the Moros in Jolo, Cotabato Districts, except the 2nd Jolo Expedition in November, 1903, at which time he was on an independent expedition against the Moros in the mountains between Malabang and Tucuran;  p346 with First Sulu Expedition, Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, 1903; with 2nd Sulu Expedition, Nov. 11 to Dec. 1, 1903; with First Rio Grande, Cotabato District, March 3 to 31, 1904, participating in engagement with Dato Ali, March 14, 1904; participated in assault upon, capture and destruction of Dato Ali's Fort at Seranaya, Toraca Expedition, Lake Lanao, April 1 to 17, 1904; with regiment in Mindanao, to

(Major, 24th Infantry, Nov. 5, 1904)

December, 1904; on leave of absence, Jan. 16 to

(Transferred to 23d Infantry, March 18, 1905)

April 4, 1905; at Madison Bks., N. Y., commanding 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry, and post, from April 23, 1905; at Fort Niagara, N. Y., Chief Range Officer and commanding Competitors at National Rifle Competition, August and September, 1905; detailed for recruiting service, Nov. 1, 1905; at Fort Slocum, N. Y., Nov. 1 to 10, 1905; at Philadelphia, Pa., in charge of recruiting office, to Sept. 7, 1907; at Vienna, Austria, Military Attaché to American Embassy, to

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

Oct. 22, 1911; at Washington, D. C., on duty in office of Chief of Staff, Nov. 9 to 28, 1911; at Fort Crook, Neb., commanding Battalion, 4th Infantry, December, 1911, to October, 1912; in Philippines, March, 1913, to

(Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 13, 1914)

(Assigned to 8th Infantry, Feb. 10, 1915)

September, 1915;

(Assigned to 16th Infantry, Oct. 4, 1915)

with Mexican Punitive Expedition, March, 1916, to February, 1917; in France, in command of 16th Infantry, 1st Division, June, 1917;

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

appointed Provost Marshal General of the American Forces in France, August, 1917; Commanding General, District of Paris, June, 1918; assigned to special duty at Hdqrs. of Field Marshal, Sir Douglas Haig, July, 1918; assigned to command of 166th Infantry Brigade, August, 1918;

(Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 17, 1918)

relieved of command of 166th Infantry Brigade Nov. 17, 1918; in Paris on special duty, to June 16, 1919; en route to U. S., to June 27; at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, on special duty, Sept. 2, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Colonel of Infantry, Sept. 13, 1914.

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

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 19, 1918.

At Governor's Island, N. Y., on special duty, Sept. 2, 1919, to Dec. 15, 1921.

 p195  Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 15, 1921,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

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

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry near El Pardo, Cebu, Philippine Islands, Aug. 23, 1899."

Awarded French Legion of Honor in 1919.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Dec. 15, 1921.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Died, May 1, 1933,​b at Santa Monica, Calif.: Aged 75.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1935.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b His tombstone (q.v.) gives May 2.

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