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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1884

Vol. III

(Born S. C.)

John B. Bellinger

(Ap'd S. C.)


Born Charleston, SC.​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., 7th Cavalry, June 15, 1884.

Served: awaiting orders at Ft. Snelling, Min., Sep. 29 to Oct. 18,

(Transferred to 5th Cavalry, Oct. 13, 1884)

1884; on frontier duty at Ft. McKinney, Wy., Oct. 23, 1884, to May 20, 1885, — Ft. Reno, I. T., and in the field, to Oct. 26, 1885, — Ft. Riley, Kan., and in the field (leave of absence, Oct. 12, 1886, to Mar. 1, 1887), to Apr. 3, 1887, — in the Oklahoma Country, to Oct. 9, 1887, — and Ft. Sill, I. T., to Aug. 4, 1888; and at the Military Academy as Assistant Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, Aug. 28, 1888, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: As Instructor in the Department of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., to Aug. 28, 1892.

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 3d Cavalry, April 22, 1891)

(Transferred to 5th Cavalry, April 27, 1891)

— General recruiting service, New York City, Aug. 28, 1892 to June 1,  p395 1893; on leave of absence to July 1, 1893; on duty with regiment at San Antonio, Tex., to Aug. 25, 1894.

(Captain Staff, — Asst. Quartermaster, Aug. 11, 1894)

— Disbursing Officer and Quartermaster, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., from Sept. 17, 1894 to May 13, 1898. — Depot Quartermaster, Tampa, Fla., May 28, 1898 to June 30, 1899; in charge of transports at Port Tampa, June 13, 1898

(Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, July 16, 1898)

(Lieut.‑Colonel and Quartermaster, by assignment, U. S. Volunteers,
Aug. 10, 1898 to March 2, 1899)

to June 30, 1899; purchasing, shipping, and disbursing Quartermaster at Savannah, Ga., Nov. 19, 1898 to June 30, 1899; in charge of Quartermaster's Depot, Charleston, S. C., from Feb. 11 to June 30, 1899; in charge of movement of troops returning from Cuba through quarantine stations at Dry Tortugas, Egmont Key, and Mullet Key, Fla., Sapelo and Savannah, Ga., from April 1 to June 1, 1899. — Relieved from duty in charge of Quartermaster's Depots at Tampa, Fla., Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S. C., June 30, 1899; on sick leave of absence to October 26, 1899; on temporary duty in charge of Transportation Division, Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On temporary duty in charge of Transportation Division, Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., to June 5, 1900; Disbursing Officer and Quartermaster, U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y.,

(Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Army, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Honorably Discharged as Major and Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, May 17, 1901)

to July 20, 1903; Quartermaster-General's Office, Washington, D. C., to Oct. 2, 1906; Depot Quartermaster and General Superintendent, Army Transport Service, San Francisco, Cal.,

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Deputy Quartermaster-General, U. S. A., Feb. 16, 1907)

to May 24, 1909; Acting Chief Quartermaster, Department of California, from April 14 to May 20, 1909; en route from San Francisco, Cal. to Manila, P. I., Aug. 5, 1909 to Sept. 1, 1909; in charge of all construction work pertaining to the post of Fort Mills and the warehouses for reserve supplies at Corregidor Island, P. I., Sept. 1, 1909 to Jan. 1, 1910.

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

(John Bellinger Bellinger, Born Apr. 15, 1862.)

Military History. —

Lieut.‑Colonel, Deputy Qr. Mr. General, Feb. 16, 1907.

At Manila, P. I., in charge of all construction work pertaining to the Post of Fort Mills and the warehouses for reserve supplies at Corregidor Island, Sept. 1, 1909, to

(Colonel, Assistant Quartermaster-General, Aug. 1, 1910)

Aug. 18, 1911; en route to U. S., at Washington, D. C., on temporary duty in office of Quartermaster-General, and on leave of absence to March 12, 1912; at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, Department Quartermaster, Eastern Department, to Feb. 23, 1917; en route to Philippines to April 3, 1917; Department Quartermaster, Philippine Department, from April 3, 1917; Deputy Zone Supply Officer, Philippine Department, from April 1, 1919; Department Transportation Officer, from June 23, 1919; Acting Department Motor Transport Officer, Nov. 26, 1918, to Oct. 15, 1919; Deputy Zone Finance Officer and Zone Auditor,  p387 April 7 to Oct. 29, 1919; received following resolution of thanks from Philippine Senate:

"Resolved, That the thanks of the Philippine Senate are hereby extended to Colonel John B. Bellinger, Quartermaster Corps, United States Army, who, as Department Quartermaster, Philippine Department, has rendered distinguished services to the Government of the Philippine Islands during 'The World War' by originating the purchase in the Philippine Islands of centrifugal sugar and other food supplies and shipping them to the United States by Army Transports, thereby greatly aiding the people and commercial interests of these Islands, by aiding the port of Manila in expediting the handling of cargoes and the clearing of ships, by releasing to the Government of the Philippine Islands large quantities of necessary supplies, when not otherwise obtainable, by aiding in the obtaining for its use buildings and grounds, not required by Federal Government, which have greatly aided in the development of projects of enormous value to the Government of the Philippine Islands and by his counsel, suggestions and advice has been of incalculable assistance to those officials of this Government having official relations with him and a conspicuous example of those qualities of mind and character which make up the highest type of Government official."

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

Military History. —

Colonel, Assistant Quartermaster General, Aug. 1, 1910.

In Philippines, Department Quartermaster, Philippine Department, Apr. 3, 1917, to Apr. 12, 1920; en route to U. S. and on leave of absence to May 22; at Boston, Mass., President of Quartermaster Examining Board, June 30 to Aug. 2; Quartermaster, Northeastern Dept., Aug. 2 to 31; Quartermaster, 1st Corps Area, Sept. 1, 1920, to Aug. 28, 1922; en route to Philippines to Sept. 14, when upon his arrival at Honolulu he was ordered back to U. S.; at Washington, D. C., Chief of Supply Service, Quartermaster General's Office, Oct. 9, 1922, to

Brigadier-General, Assistant to Quartermaster General, Dec. 1, 1922.

Apr. 15, 1926; (during this time was on inspection duty by airplane from Washington, D. C., to San Francisco, Calif., and return, Aug. 27–Sept. 7, 1924, and Nov. 3–Dec. 5, 1925, this being the first transcontinental use of airplane transportation for this purpose).

 p217  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Apr. 15, 1926,
By Operation of Law.


Distinguished Service Medal.

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as department quartermaster, Philippine Department, a position of great responsibility. He administered the services of transportation and of the supply of the troops serving in the Philippines and China in a markedly success­ful manner. He originated and executed the supply of the Siberian American Expeditionary Forces and the purchasing of foods in the Orient, and aided the Philippine government in its problems. He rendered services of much value."

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Apr. 15, 1926.

Died, Sept. 23, 1931, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 69.

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

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

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

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