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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1882

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

George P. Ahern

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born New York, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1878, to June 13, 1882, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 25th Infantry, June 13, 1882.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Randall, Dak., Sep. 30, 1882, to Nov. 17, 1882; in garrison at Ft. Snelling, Min., to May 18, 1888; and on frontier duty at Ft. Shaw, Mon., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In the field, Aug. 5–Sept. 30, 1890, and Nov. 5, 1890 to Feb. 7, 1891; Fort Shaw, Mont., Feb. 7, 1891;

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 4th Infantry, Feb. 20, 1891)

(Transferred to 25th Infantry, July 20, 1891)

Fort Missoula, Mont., Sept. 20, 1891; at St. Paul, Min., compiling reconnaissance maps, N. W. Montana, Nov. 15–Dec. 5, 1891. — College duty, College of Montana, Deer Lodge, Mont., Dec. 13,1891–May 14, 1894. — Recruiting service, Columbus Barracks, O., May 18, 1894–Sept. 21, 1894. — New Haven, Ct., Sept. 21, 1894–Sept. 30, 1895. — Joined regiment at Fort Missoula, Mont., Nov. 1, 1895. — Transferred to Fort Custer, Mont., April 1, 1897. — College duty, Bozeman, Mont., Agricultural College, Oct. 5, 1897–May 5, 1898. — Mustering in Montana Volunteers, May 5–June 10, 1898. — Tampa, Fla., June 19, 1898. — On duty carrying supplies to Cuban insurgents, June 21–Sept. 21, 1898. — At Montauk, L. I., Sept. 21‑26, 1898. — On sick leave to Nov. 30, 1898. — Mustering out New York Volunteers to Dec. 1, 1898.

(Captain of Infantry, 9th Infantry, June 30, 1898)

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

Military History. — Served: Mustering out New York Volunteers to March 14, 1899; joined 9th Infantry at Madison Barracks, March 15, 1899; left with regiment, March 17, 1899 for the Philippine Islands; with regiment in the Philippine Islands, from April 25 to June 12, 1899; detailed in Manila with the Military Government in the Islands, June 12, 1899, as member of the Board of Claims; organized and directed the Office of Patents, Copyrights and Trade Marks, P. I., June 26, 1899 to April 1, 1903; organized and directed the Bureau of Forestry, from April 14, 1900 to –––––.

Major, U. S. A., Retired May 26, 1906, disability in line of duty.

Civil History. — Director of Forestry, Philippine Islands. — Residence, Manila, P. I.

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

(George Patrick Ahern, Born Dec. 29, 1859.)

Military History. —

Captain, 9th Infantry, June 30, 1898.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, May 26, 1906,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Organized and directed Bureau of Forestry in Philippine Islands, April 14, 1900, and remained as Director of this Bureau to Nov. 27, 1914, when he returned to U. S.; at Washington, D. C., on duty at Army War College, June 30, 1916, to Aug. 10, 1919.

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

Military History. —

Major, U. S. A., Retired, May 26, 1906,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired , Aug. 12, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Major, Retired, Aug. 10, 1919.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry at Tayabacoa, Cuba, June 30, 1898."

Civil History: — Author of "Why the American Army Succeeded"; "Deforested America," "Forest Bankruptcy in America," and "The Philippine Woods." Degree of LL.B., Yale University, Fellow, Society of American Foresters, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj., Ret., May 26, 1906.

Lt.‑Col., Ret., June 21, 1930.

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

Military History: —

Maj Ret 26 May 06

Lt Col Ret 1 Jun 30.

Died May 13, 1942, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 82.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º ​b

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Capt. Ahern's birth place is from the WPAOG memorial article.

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b See also this very good biographical page, with further links.

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