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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Mis.)

John W. Heard

(Ap'd Mis.)


Born Senatobia, MS.​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., 3d Cavalry, June 13, 1883.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Thomas, and Scouting in Arizona, Sep. 29, 1883, to Oct. 24, 1884, — Ft. Grant, Ara. (leave of absence, Feb. 24 to Mar. 23, 1885), to Apr. 11, 1885, — Camp Rice, Tex., to  p373 Feb. 17, 1886, — Ft. Davis, Tex., to Oct. 16, 1887, — Ft. Clark, and at Langtry, Tex. (leave of absence, Dec. 12, 1887, to Jan. 12, 1888), to

(First Lieut., 3d Cavalry, Jan. 17, 1889)

Sep. 21, 1889, — and at Ft. Ringgold, Tex., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Ringgold, Tex., to April 24, 1890; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex. (Jan., 1892; in the field suppressing Texas and Rio Grande border disturbances to April, 1892, and at Fort Ringgold, Tex., March to June, 1893), to June 15, 1893; at Fort Riley, Kan., July 8, 1894; at Chicago, Ill., and vicinity, suppressing labor riots, to Sept., 1894; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., Nov., 1894 to March 24, 1898; (Regimental Quartermaster, June 9, 1898 to April 7, 1899); in charge of construction of quarters at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., to May 14, 1898; with regiment at Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt.

(Captain of Cavalry, 3d Cavalry, March 2, 1899)

(Regimental Quartermaster (as Captain), April 7, 1899 to –––––), to Aug., 1899; en route to and in Philippines to ––––

Medal of Honor

for most distinguished gallantry in action at the mouth of the Manimani River, west of Bahia Honda, Cuba, July 23, 1898; after two men had been shot down by the Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the Wanderer, the ship having become disabled, he took the position held by them and personally transmitted orders, remaining at his post until the ship was out of danger; while serving as 1st Lieutenant, 3d Cavalry.

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

Military History. —

(Regimental Quartermaster (as Captain), April 7, 1899 to 1903)

— En route to and in Philippines, to Oct. 29, 1901; recruiting duty, Birmingham, Ala., to 1903; at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., to Nov., 1905; en route to and in Philippines, to Dec., 1907.

(Major, 6th Cavalry, Oct. 31, 1907)

— Recruiting duty at Los Angeles, Cal., Dec., 1907, and in Boston, Mass., Jan. 1, 1908 to –––––.

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

(John Wilkinsonb Heard, Born March 27, 1860.)

Military History. —

Medal of Honor

Major, 6th Cavalry, Oct. 31, 1907.

At Boston, Mass., on recruiting duty, Jan. 1, 1908, to April, 1910; at Des Moines, Iowa, to March, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., to June, 1911; on Mexican border, in Arizona and New Mexico, to February, 1912; at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, Sept. 15, 1912)

January, 1913; at Texas City, Tex., Division Provost Marshal, to April, 1913; at San Antonio, Texas, Adjutant-General, Southern Department, to

(Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

October, 1916; at Fort Bliss, Texas, commanding 8th Cavalry, to June, 1917; commanding 5th Cavalry, June to October, 1917; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 4th Cavalry, to Oct. 1, 1918;

(Brigadier‑General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

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

Military History: —

Medal of Honor

Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916.

Brigadier‑General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918.

Commanding Hawaiian Department, Oct. 1, 1918, to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, June 15, 1919.

Aug. 4, 1919; (on July 23, 1919, was given official thanks of the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii and presented with a sabre in recognition of his work in increasing the general efficiency of the federalized National Guard of Hawaii); at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., commanding 9th Cavalry, Sept., 1919, to Nov., 1920; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., commanding 14th Cavalry, Dec., 1920, to Jan., 1922; at New Orleans, La., to Feb. 4, 1922.

Died, Feb. 4, 1922, at New Orleans, La.: Aged 61.

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

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

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

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b In Vol. VI, Gen. Heard's middle name is printed as William, but in Vol. VII it is corrected to Wilkinson, as given on his tombstone (q.v.).

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