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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1884

Vol. III

(Born N. Y.)

John Conklin

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Penn Yan, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1880, to June 15, 1884, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 2d Artillery, June 15, 1884.

Served: in garrison at Ft. McHenry, Md., Sep. 30, 1884, to June 8, 1885, — St. Augustine, Fla. (on Rifle Competition in Aug. and Sep., 1885, and conducting Indian Prisoners to Mt. Vernon Barracks, Ala., in April, 1887), to Aug. 14, 1888, — Huntsville, Ala., to Aug. 21, 1888, — and Artillery School for Practice, Ft. Monroe, Va., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Graduated from Artillery School, Fort Monroe, 1890.

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 2d Artillery, May 29, 1891)

— On special ordnance duty under Navy Department, Jan., 1892 to Oct., 1893. — Garrison duty in Departments of Missouri and East Texas to April 20, 1898. — Took part in the Spanish-American war with Light Battery A, 2d Artillery. — Engaged at Santiago de Cuba, July 1 and 2, and 10 and 11. — In various camps in the U. S. till end of war. — On special duty as Collector of Customs at Trinidad, Cuba, from Dec. 31, 1898 to ––––

(Captain of Artillery, 5th Artillery, Oct. 17, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: In command of Battery A, 5th Artillery, July, 1900; organized 23d Battery Field Artillery, Sept., 1901; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., 1901‑1905.

(Transferred to 8th Battery, Field Artillery, Dec., 1905)

— Expeditionary force in Philippine Islands, Jan., 1906.

(Major, Artillery Corps, Oct. 3, 1906)

(Assigned to 2d Field Artillery, June 6, 1907)

— In command of 1st Battalion, 2d Field Artillery (Mountain) in Cuba, to March 1, 1900;​b with same battalion at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo. and Vancouver Barracks, Wash., to –––––.

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

(Born June 29, 1862)

Military History. —

Major, Artillery Corps, Oct. 3, 1906

En route from Philippines to U. S., June 30 to July 27, 1906; at San Francisco, Cal., to Aug. 13, 1906; at Fort Riley, Kans., observer and umpire at Camp of Instruction to Sept. 29, 1906; at Havana, Cuba, commanding 11th Battalion, Field Artillery, to June 6, 1907

(Assigned to 2d Field Artillery, June 6, 1907)

 p375  and commanding 1st Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery, to Feb. 24, 1909; at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., March 8 to Dec. 6, 1909; (participated in Maneuvers at Pole Mountain, Wyo., July 27 to Sept. 16, 1909); at Vancouver Bks., Wash., commanding Battalion, Dec. 9, 1909, to March, 1911; (at Camp of Instruction, American Lake, Wash., July 15 to Aug. 26, 1910); en route to Philippines, March 2 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 1st Field Artillery, March 11, 1911)

April 1, 1911; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., commanding Battalion, to May 10, 1911; at Fort William McKinley, P. I., with regiment, May 20 to

(Transferred to 6th Field Artillery, June 5, 1911)

June 15, 1911; en route to U. S. to July 15, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., with regiment, also Member of Field Artillery Board, July 21, 1911, to

(Colonel, 2d Field Artillery, Feb. 28, 1912)

April, 1912; (commanding regiment, Aug. 6 to Oct. 3, 1911); at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, student officer at School of Fire, April 15 to May 15, 1912; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., commanding regiment to June 18, 1912; on leave of absence, June 19 to Aug. 1, 1912.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 1, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

At Staunton Military Academy, Va., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Sept. 20, 1917, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 1, 1912,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

At Staunton, Va., Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Staunton Military Academy, Sept. 20, 1917, to Sept. 12, 1921; at Cleveland, Ohio, Professor of Military Science and Tactics in Cleveland High Schools, Sept. 13, 1921, to Sept. 22, 1924.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898."

Died, Dec. 23, 1924, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 62.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1932.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.​c

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Conklin's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b The text I crossed out here is what is found in the printed Supplement; yet 1900 is out of sequence here, nor can it just be a later reference to that year, when John Conklin didn't have the rank to command a battalion, and when his command of a battery afterwards would have been a demotion. I strongly suspect a garble, and would follow what we read further on, in Vol. VI, that he commanded the 1st Battalion, 2nd Field Artillery (Mountain), from June 6, 1907 to Feb. 24 (or Mar. 1), 1909.

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c Col. Conklin's burial place is from his AOG obituary. I've found no confirmation of it anywhere online.

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