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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1883

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

Harry Clayº Hale

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born Knoxville, IL.​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., 12th Infantry, June 13, 1883.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Niagara, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1883 (on duty at Lakeview Cemetery, Cleveland, O., May 17 to July 1, 1884),​b to July 26, 1887; and on frontier duty at Ft. Bennett, S. D., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Bennett, S. D., from Oct., 1887 to Dec. 31, 1890. — At Fort Sully, S. D., in charge of Sioux Indian prisoners of war, from Jan. to June, 1891.

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 18th Infantry, Feb. 20, 1891)

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

— Served in 20th Infantry, at Fort Assinniboine, Mont., from Oct., 1891 to April, 1893. — Appointed Engineer Officer, Department of Dakota, April, 1893, with station at St. Paul, Min. — Appointed Aide to Brigadier-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Wesley Merritt, Sept. 1, 1893, and later to Major-General Merritt, and served as such at St. Paul, Min., Chicago, Ill., and Governor's Island, N. Y., to Aug., 1899,

(Major and Asst. Adjutant-General, U. S. Volunteers, May 20, 1898)

(Captain of Infantry, July 1, 1898)

(Assigned to 20th Infantry, Jan. 1, 1899)

and served as such, and Acting Aide to Major-General Merritt, during the Manila campaign of 1898.

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, April 7, 1899)

(Major, 44th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, Aug. 17, 1899)

 p378  — Served at Bacolod, Negros, P. I., commanding 1st Battalion, 44th Infantry, U. S. Volunteers, to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: Bacolod, Negros, P. I., commanding 1st Battalion, 44th Infantry, U. S. Volunteers, to March, 1900, and at Tagbilaran, Bohol, P. I., to Feb., 1901; in command of Bilibid Prison, Manila, P. I., from Feb. to Aug., 1901; joined 20th Infantry at Tanauan, P. I., in Aug., 1901, and in command of 2d Battalion, 20th Infantry, to Jan., 1902; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., April to November, 1902; Recorder of Board for revision of small arms practice at Washington, D. C., Nov., 1902 to 1904; member General Staff Corps, 1903 to June 15, 1906; at Naval War College, Newport, R. I., June 1 to Sept. 30, 1906.

(Transferred to 15th Infantry, July 21, 1903)

(Major, 13th Infantry, June 15, 1906)

— At Fort William McKinley, P. I., Nov., 1906 to July, 1907, commanding 2d Battalion, 13th Infantry; in command post of Parang, Mindanao, P. I., July to Sept., 1907.

(Adjutant-General, by detail, Sept. 3, 1907)

— At Zamboanga, Mindanao, as Adjutant-General, Department of theº Mindanao, from Oct., 1907 to Jan., 1909; at San Francisco, Cal., as Assistant to Adjutant-General, Department of California, from March to Dec., 1909; at Chicago, Ill., as Adjutant-General, Department of the Lakes, from Nov., 1909 to June, 1910; at Omaha, Neb., as Adjutant-General, Department of the Missouri, from July, 1910 to –––––.

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

(Born July 10, 1861.)

Military History. —

Major, 13th Infantry, June 15, 1906.

Adjutant-General, by Detail, Sept. 3, 1907.

At Omaha, Neb., Adjutant-General, Department of the Missouri, July, 1910, to Sept. 3, 1911; on leave of absence, Sept. 3 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 26th Infantry, Sept. 6, 1911)

(Transferred to 17th Infantry, Oct. 9, 1911)

Dec. 31, 1911; at Fort McPherson, Ga., Jan. 1 to Sept. 12, 1912; at Washington, D. C., in Division of Militia Affairs, Sept. 12, 1912, to Sept. 1, 1914; at Eagle Pass, Texas, with regiment, Oct. 1, 1914, to

(Colonel, 20th Infantry, March 26, 1915)

to April, 1915; at El Paso, Texas, commanding 20th Infantry, to

(Transferred to 15th Infantry, Nov. 30, 1915)

cDecember, 1915; at Tientsin, China, February, 1916, to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., May 15, 1917)

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

August, 1917; at Camp Zachary Taylor, Louisville, Ky., commanding 84th Division, National Army, Oct. 1, 1917, to June 10, 1918; at Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio, June 10 to Aug. 1918; at Camp Mills, Long Island, N. Y., Aug. 22‑27, 1918; in West Périgueux Training Area, France, commanding 84th Division, with Hdqrs. at Neuvic, (Dordogne), Sept. 9 to Nov. 7; assigned to command of 26th Division, Nov. 16; at Montigny-le‑Roi, (Haute-Marne), Hdqrs. 26th Division, commanding Division, Nov. 23, 1918, to Jan. 25, 1919; in Le Mans Training Area, Hdqrs. at Ecommoy, (Sarthe), commanding Division, to March 24; at Brest, March 24‑27; en route to U. S. to April 4; at Camp Devens, Mass., commanding 26th Division, April 4, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., May 15, 1917.

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

At Camp Devens, Mass., commanding 26th Division, Apr. 4, 1919, to Apr. 30, 1919; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding Demobilization Camp, May 19, 1919, to June 30, 1920;

Returned to Grade of Brigadier-General, June 30, 1920.

in Germany, commanding 2nd Brigade, American Army of Occupation, Dec., 1920, to Nov. 2, 1921;

Major-General, U. S. A., Nov. 2, 1921.

at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding First Division, Feb., 1922, to June, 1922; at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., commanding First Division and 2d Corps Area, June to Dec., 1922; at Chicago, Ill., commanding 6th Corps Area, Dec. 2, 1922, to July 10, 1925.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, July 10, 1925,
By Operation of Law.


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services during the World War while in command of the 84th Division during its organization and training in the United States and after the armistice in command of the 26th Division in France. By his ceaseless energy and the closest personal supervision of the training, discipline, and supply of his commands, he displayed rare qualities of leader­ship, organization, tact, and judgment. His brilliant professional attainments, his steadfast devotion to duty, and his loyalty to superiors were reflected in the high standards maintained throughout the divisions under his command, and he thus rendered important services to the American Expeditionary Forces and contributed conspicuously to the success of the operations."

Civil History: — LL. D., Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, 1923.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., July 10, 1925.

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

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 10 Jul 25.

Died, Mar. 21, 1946, at Palo Alto, Calif.: Aged 84.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Hale's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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b Although I'm not finding it anywhere, the duty must surely have been in connection with the temporary burial place and/or the construction of the permanent memorial there to President Garfield, who had been assassinated just three years earlier.

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c Here, the printed text inserts

April, 1915; at El Paso, Texas, commanding 20th Infantry, to

— a dittography of most of the preceding line.

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