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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

John Wilsonº Ruckman

(Ap'd Ill.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1878, to June 13, 1883, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 5th Artillery, June 13, 1883.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Hamilton, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1883 (leave of absence, Sep. 19 to Dec. 19, 1885, and at Riverside Park, N. Y., Dec. 19, 1885, to Feb. 15, 1886), to Dec. 1, 1886, — Ft. Wood, N. Y., to Mar. 2, 1887, — and Ft. Hamilton, N. Y. (leave of absence, June 16 to Aug. 16, 1887), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Hamilton, L. I., till May 8, 1890; New York City, May 8 to Sept. 1, 1890; at U. S. Artillery School, Fort Monroe, Va., as student officer (Graduate, 1892),

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 1st Artillery, Feb. 20, 1891)

to September 1, 1892; Police and Acting Ordnance Officer, Fort Monroe, Va., from Sept., 1892 to ––––

(Transferred to 7th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

(Captain of Artillery, 2d Artillery, March 31, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: Police and Acting Ordnance Officer, Fort Monroe, Va., from Sept., 1892 to April 15, 1899; Editor Journal U. S. Artillery, Jan. 1, 1892 to Jan. 1, 1896; at Fort Slocum, N. Y., from April 16, 1899 to June 30, 1899; Havana, Cuba, from July 5, 1899 to Nov. 2, 1902; Instructor at School of Submarine Defense, and member of Torpedo Board, from Nov. 5, 1901 to March 15, 1904, Ft. Totten, N. Y.; on sick leave, July 16, 1904; reported from sick leave at Fort Du Pont, Del., Aug. 16, 1905.

(Major, Artillery Corps, June 30, 1906)

— Left Du Pont on three months' leave, Aug. 11; at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., Nov. 9, 1906; at Fort Baker, Cal., as commanding officer, Jan. 25, 1909, and in command of same, Feb. 19, 1909 to –––––.

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

(Born Oct. 10, 1858.)

Military History. —

Major, Artillery Corps, June 30, 1906.

At Fort Baker, Cal., commanding post, Feb. 9, 1909, to Nov. 11, 1910; on leave of absence for one month and awaiting orders to Jan. 5, 1911, when he sailed for the Philippines; at Fort Mills, Corregidor, P. I., commanding post, Feb. 1, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Feb. 2, 1911)

March 4, 1911; detailed in Inspector General's Department, April 12, 1911; at Manila, May 5, 1911, to

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, March 7, 1912)

May 7, 1912; assumed command of Coast Defenses of Manila Bay, May 7, 1912; on leave of absence in China and Japan, March 5 to May 6, 1913; relieved of command of Coast Defenses of Manila Bay, Dec. 15, 1913; on leave of absence, Jan. 14 to Feb. 12, 1914; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Artillery, Feb. 20 to July 10, 1914; at Army War College to June 30, 1915, when he was graduated; at Naval War College, July 2, 1915, to June 23, 1916, when he was graduated; ordered to command 5th Provisional Regiment of Coast Artillery on Mexican border, July 3, 1916; joined at Del Rio, Texas, July 19, 1916;

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 20, 1916)

commanding Del Rio District; commanding Eagle Pass District, Oct. 18 to Nov. 4, 1916; assigned command of Laredo district, Nov. 6, 1916; assumed command of New Laredo District, consisting of Old Laredo District, Eagle Pass and Del Rio District, May 1, 1917; relieved July 18, 1917, and ordered to Charleston, S. C., to command South Atlantic Coast Artillery District;

(Major General, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, commanding Southern Department, Aug. 30, 1917; honorably discharged from National Army by reason of being found physically disqualified for foreign service, May 1, 1918; and reassigned to Regular Army with former rank; at Boston, Mass., commanding Northeastern Department, May 23, 1918; relieved of command of Northeastern Department and assigned to command of North Atlantic Coast Artillery District, July 20, 1918.

Civil History. — Author of The Wind Problem in Gunnery, 1890; Artillery Difficulties in the Next War, 1892; Coast Artillery Fire Instruction, 1894; Investigation of the Comparative Values of Concentrated and Parallel Methods of Mortar Fire, 1896; Are Disappearing Gun Carriages Essential to Our Coast Defenses, 1902; Coast Artillery Practise,º 1908‑09; Observation of Coast Artillery Fire, in Comparison with Authorized Methods, 1914; The Administration and Organization of the Command of the Fortress of Port Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War, 1915; The Campaign of Petersburg from the Battle of Cold Harbor to Include the Explosion of the Mine, July 30, 1864, 1915; The Military Policy of the United States, 1915; Co‑operation of Naval and Military Forces, 1916; Papers on Strategy, Logistics and Tactics, 1916.

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

Military History: —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 20, 1916.

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

Returned to Grade of Brigadier-General, May 1, 1918.

At Boston, Mass., commanding North Atlantic Coast Artillery District, July 20, 1918, to June 7, 1921.

Died, June 7, 1921, at Brookline, Mass.: Aged 62.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1922.

Major -General, U. S. A., (Posthumously) June 7, 1921.
Act of June 21, 1930.

Awarded posthumously

Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous services as department commander, Southern Department, between Aug. 30, 1917, and May 4, 1918, and department  p198 commander, Northeastern Department, between May 23, 1918, and July 20, 1918. He handled many difficult problems arising in these departments with rare judgment, tact, and great skill."

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