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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Va.)

Willoughby Walke

(Ap'd Va.)


Born Norfolk, VA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1879, to June 13, 1883, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 13, 1883.

Served: in garrison at Washington Barracks, D. C., Sep. 30 to Oct. 10, 1883, — Ft. McHenry, Md., to June 1, 1885, — Jackson Barracks, La., to Aug. 31, 1886, — Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., to Sep. 1, 1888, and on Special duty at the School (on detached service at Willet's Point, N. Y., Nov. 27 to Dec. 2, 1888, at Hoboken, N. J., Dec. 2‑9, 1888, and under special instruction at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R. I., July 20 to Oct. 8, 1889), to –––––.

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

Military History. —

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 5th Artillery, April 24, 1891)

Served: on D. S. as Instructor of Chemistry and Explosives, U. S. Artillery School, from Sept., 1888 to 1898 (Graduate, 1888), and from 1899 to –––––;

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

(Appointed Regimental Quartermaster, April 17, 1898.)

(Major, 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, June 22, 1898)

— Served in Southern camps in Cuba (Matanzas).

Served: At Fort Slocum, N. Y. (Regimental Quartermaster), April 17 to July 5, 1898; Washington, D. C. (recruiting for 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers), July 5 to Aug. 1; in camp at St. Louis, Mo., Lexington, Ky., and Macon, Ga., with 3d U. S. Volunteer Engineers, Aug. 1 to Dec. 14, 1898. — In camp at Matanzas, Cuba, Dec. 22, 1898 to April 14, 1899; left Cuba, April 16, 1899, for U. S. via Savannah, Ga. — Regiment mustered out at Fort McPherson, Ga.

(Honorably mustered out of Volunteer Service, May 29, 1899)

— On D. S., Fort Monroe, Va., to ––––

(Captain of Artillery, 2d Artillery, Aug. 28, 1899)

Civil History. — Graduate of University of Virginia. — Fellow of Chemical Society of London (England). — Author of Lectures on Explosives (two editions) and of Gunpowder and High Explosives.

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

Military History. — Served: on D. S. as Instructor of Chemistry and Explosives, U. S. Artillery School, from Sept., 1888 to 1898 (Graduate, 1888), and from April to Sept., 1899; in command of Batteria de la Reina, Havana, Cuba, from Sept., 1899 to Jan., 1900; commanding Battery L, 2d U. S. Artillery, at Cabana Fortress, Havana, Cuba, from Jan. to May, 1900; commanding 13th Company, Coast Artillery, at Fort Monroe, Va., from May, 1900 to Oct., 1903; commanding 52d Company, Coast Artillery, and in command of Fort Rodman, Mass., from Oct., 1903 to Oct., 1906.

(Major, Artillery Corps, Oct. 1, 1906)

— At Fort Barrancas, Fla., from Oct. 1, 1906 to Aug., 1907; at Recruit Depot, Jefferson Barracks, Mo., from Aug., 1907 to –––––.

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

(Born Jan. 28, 1859.)

Military History. —

Major, Artillery Corps, Oct. 1, 1906.

At Recruit Depot, Jefferson Bks., Mo., August, 1907, to August, 1909; at Fort Flagler, Wash., commanding post, September, 1909, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, March 3, 1911)

November, 1911; (on detached service in Alaska, June-July, 1910, and July-November, 1911); at Fort Strong, Mass., commanding post, January, 1912, to

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Aug. 3, 1912)

June, 1913; at Ft. Screven, Ga.º, commanding Coast Defenses of Savannah, June, 1913, to December, 1915; at Fort H. G. Wright, N. Y., commanding Coast Defenses of Long Island Sound, January, 1916, to September, 1917; at Fort Totten, N. Y., commanding Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery District, September, 1917, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service as commanding officer of the Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery district during the war. His services were conspicuous in the administration of that command and in the execution of all projects coming within his control for the organization and training of Coast Artillery Corps units for oversea service."

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

Military History. —

Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Aug. 3, 1912.

At Fort Totten, N. Y., commanding Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery District, Sept., 1917, to Feb., 1919, and commanding Coast Defenses of Eastern New York, Feb., 1919, to Nov., 1919; in Hawaii, commanding Hawaiian Coast Artillery District, to June, 1921; at Fort Totten, N. Y., commanding Coast Defenses of Eastern New York, Sept., 1921, to Nov., 1921; commanding Second Coast Artillery District, Nov., 1921, to Mar., 1922; commanding Coast Defenses of Eastern New York, to Dec., 1922;

 p199  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Dec. 30, 1922.

commanded Second Coast Artillery District, Dec. 31, 1922, to Jan. 28, 1923.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 28, 1923,
By Operation of Law.

Died, Dec. 16, 1928, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 68.​b

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Buried, Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b Sic. If his birthdate is correct — and it is confirmed on his tombstone, q.v. — he was 69. His AOG obituary rounds his age up to 70.

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