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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

Lewis M. Koehler

(Ap'd Io.)


Born Galena, IL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1881, to June 14, 1885, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 6th Cavalry, June 14, 1885.

Served: on frontier duty at Ft. Wingate, N. M., and in the field, Sep. 30, 1885, to July, 1886, — Ft. Cummings, N. M., to Sep., 1886, — and Ft. Bayard, N. M., and in the field, to June 6, 1887; on leave of absence, to Sep. 6, 1887; under instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School of Application, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., to June 23, 1889; and on sick leave of absence, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: On sick leave to Dec. 19, 1890; in the field near Pine Ridge Agency, S. D., during the campaign against Sioux Indians, to Feb., 1891; garrison duty at Fort McKinney, Wyo., to April 27, 1891; at Fort Niobrara, Neb., to May 15, 1891; on leave to Aug., 1891; at Vancouver Barracks, Wash., on duty as Aide-de‑camp to General Kuntz, Aug. 29, 1891

(First Lieut. of Cavalry, 10th Cavalry, Jan. 1, 1892)

to Jan. 15, 1892; garrison duty at Fort Niobrara, Neb., Jan. 24

(Transferred to 9th Cavalry, Feb. 9, 1892)

to Nov. 23, 1892; at Fort Du Chesne, Utah (on leave May 8 to Nov. 13, 1896), to April 20, 1898; with regiment at Tampa, Fla., to Aug., 1898; at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., to Sept., 1898; at Fort Grant, Ariz., to Oct. 1, 1899;

(Captain of Cavalry, 4th Cavalry, Nov. 7, 1899)

on leave to Dec., 1899; en route to and with regiment in Philippines to ––––

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

(Name erroneously spelled Louis M. Koehler, in Vol. IV.)

Military History. — Served: On leave, from Oct. 15 to Nov. 20, 1899; en route to Philippines and with regiment, from Dec. 6, 1899 to Feb. 17, 1901, during which time commanded Troop G, 4th Cavalry, in following: Skirmish, three miles from Santa Cruz, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 17, 1900; skirmish at Camping, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 18, 1900; skirmish at Siumpbu, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 19, 1900; skirmish, three miles from Siumpbu, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 20, 1900; skirmish at San Isidro, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 22, 1900; skirmish at Rio Penaranda, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 24, 1900; skirmish at San Roque Barrio, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, March 27, 1900; engagement with insurgents at Rio Penaranda, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, April 19, 1900; engagement with insurgents at San Antonio, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, April 23, 1900; engagement with insurgents near San Miguel, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, May 24, 1900; two engagements with insurgents in mountains near Gapon, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, May 31, 1900; two engagements with insurgents at Papaya, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, June 14, 1900; recommended for brevet for gallantry in this engagement; engagement at Santa Christa, near Gapon, Aug. 30, 1900; engagement, Doro Mountains near Montlabon, Nov. 22, 1900; skirmish at Malinda, Nueva Ecija, Luzon, Jan. 12, 1901; returned to United States, March 12, 1901; at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., from June, 1901 to Oct. 15, 1904; at Cantonement, at Presidio of San Francisco, from Oct., 1904 to Sep. 5, 1905; in Mindanao, from Oct., 1905 to June, 1907; commanded the west column in battle of Mt. Dajo, at Jolo, Jolo, March 6, 7 and 8, 1906; mentioned in orders for conduct during this engagement; at Fort Snelling, Aug. 21, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Born July 21, 1863.)

Military History. —

Captain, 4th Cavalry, Nov. 7, 1899.

At Fort Snelling, Minn., Aug. 21, 1907, to Feb. 16, 1911; at Fort Bliss, Texas, with 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, Feb. 16, 1911, to

(Major, 4th Cavalry, March 3, 1911)

July 10, 1911; at Fort Snelling, July, 1911; at Army War College, Washington, D. C., August, 1911, to July 1, 1912; at San Juan, Porto Rico, commanding Porto Rican Regiment of Infantry, Aug. 8, 1912, to

(Assigned to 15th Cavalry, Jan. 15, 1914)

Jan. 21, 1914; at Fort Bliss, Texas, with 15th Cavalry, Feb. 4, 1914, to Sept. 28, 1914; at Fort Riley, Kans., for course in riding, Oct. 1 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, 15th Cavalry, Dec. 10, 1914)

Dec. 20, 1914; at Fort Bliss with regiment, Jan. 14, 1915, to Feb. 26, 1916; en route to Philippines, April 5 to May 5, 1916; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., with 9th Cavalry, May 15 to

(Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

Sept. 15, 1916; en route to U. S., Sept. 15 to Oct. 12, 1916; at Brownsville, Tex., Oct. 22, 1916; at Dona, Texas, Colonel of Provisional Regiment of Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma National Guard Cavalry; in Brownsville Maneuvers, Nov. 11 to 26, 1917; at Marfa, Texas, attached to 6th Cavalry, January to March 10, 1917; at Kansas City, Mo., Chief of Staff of Militia Division, March 15 to July 2, 1917; at Fort Riley, Kans., with 20th Cavalry, July 2 to Sept. 6, 1917; at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., with 24th Cavalry, Sept. 6, 1917; at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., with 23rd Cavalry, Sept. 9 to Nov. 19, 1917; on sick leave, Sept. 19, 1917, to Jan. 26, 1918.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 26, 1918,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

At Los Angeles, Cal., commanding Student's Army Training Corps at University of Southern California, March 1, 1918, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Jan. 26, 1918,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

At Los Angeles, Cal., commanding Student's Army Training Corps at University of Southern California, Mar. 1, 1918, to July 1, 1920; at Los Angeles on General Recruiting Service, July 1, 1920, to July 1, 1921.

Awarded Silver Star and cited for "gallantry in action against insurgent forces near Papaya, Luzon, Philippine Islands, June 14, 1900."

Died July 16, 1924, at Los Angeles, Calif.: Aged 61.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1926.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

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

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