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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1885

Vol. III

(Born O.)

William F. Martin

(Ap'd O.)


Born Ripley, OH.​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., 25th Infantry, June 14, 1885.

Served: in garrison at Ft. Snelling, Min., Sept. 30, 1885, to May 18, 1888; and on frontier duty at Ft. Shaw, Mon., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Shaw, Mont. (at Fort Keogh, Mont., Nov. 28, 1890 to Feb. 6, 1891), to July 20, 1891; at Fort Buford, N. D., to Nov. 23, 1891. — Under instruction at the Torpedo School, Willets Point, N. Y., Dec. 1, 1891

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 5th Infantry, June 3, 1892)

to July 18, 1892; on leave to Sept. 16, 1892; garrison duty at Mount Vernon Barracks, Ala., to July 20, 1893; at Jackson Barracks, La., to Oct.  p412 16, 1894; at Fort McPherson, Ga., to Aug. 9, 1897; under instruction at the Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Sept. 1, 1897 to April, 1898; with company at Tampa, Fla., May, 1898; at Fort McPherson, Ga., to Feb., 1899; at Santiago de Cuba to April, 1899;

(Captain of Infantry, 5th Infantry, March 2, 1899)

at Songo, Cuba, to March, 1900; at Santiago de Cuba to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Guantanamo, Cuba, to June 17, 1899; at Santiago de Cuba, and Alto Songo and Morro, until July 20, 1900; at Fort Sheridan and San Francisco, en route to Philippines, until Sept. 19, 1900; arrived in Philippines, Oct., 1900; arrived in New York and stationed at Plattsburg Barracks, Sept. 13, 1903 to Oct. 1, 1906; in Cuba, Camp Columbia and Cardenas, Oct. 6, 1906.

(Major of Infantry, 18th Infantry, June 30, 1908)

— left Cuba, Aug. 22, 1908; at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Oct. 26, 1908 to April 23, 1909; inspecting National Guard of Iowa, Jan. 31, 1909 to April 1, 1909.

(Transferred to 5th Infantry, March 20, 1909)

— At Plattsburg Barracks, N. Y., April 27, 1909 to –––––.

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

(William Franklin Martin, Born July 19, 1863.)

Military History. —

Major, 18th Infantry, June 30, 1908.

Transferred to 5th Infantry, March 20, 1909.

At Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., April 27, 1909, to Dec. 31, 1911; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., taking special course for field officers, Jan. 1 to March 22, 1912; at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., to Aug. 20, 1912; at Washington, D. C., student officer at Army War College Aug. 22, 1912, to July 1, 1913; at Plattsburg Bks., to July, 1914; detailed to General Staff Corps, July, 1914;

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, Aug. 4, 1914)

at Washington, D. C., Director of Army War College, August, 1914, to June, 1915, and on duty with General Staff to July, 1916;

(Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1916)

Chief of Staff, El Paso, Texas, District, to August, 1917;

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

at Camp Pike, Ark., in command of 174th Brigade, to June, 1918; at Camp Dix, N. J., with Brigade, June to August, 1918; sailed in command of part of 174th Brigade, Battalion 347th Infantry and other troops, from New York on Transport Persic, Aug. 26, 1918; on Sept. 27, 1918, when 40 miles west of Scilly Islands, torpedoed by German submarine; all officers and men taken off by four English destroyers and landed at Plymouth on following day; at Winchester to Oct. 5 when he proceeded to Chaumont, France, via Havre, for observation duty with combat troops; served with 4th and 3rd Divisions and rejoined 174th Brigade, 87th Division, at Pons, Oct. 24; with Brigade Hdqrs. to Mussy-sur‑Seine and Luzy-sur‑Marne, Nov. 15 to Dec. 6, 1918; in command of 87th Division from Nov. 21, 1918, until it was mustered out, Feb. 16, 1919; at Nantes, Dec. 8; at St. Nazaire, Dec. 26; en route to Newport News, Va., Dec. 29, 1918, to Jan. 9, 1919; at Camp Dix, N. J., Jan . 17; assigned to command of 153rd Depot Brigade, Feb. 21, 1919;

(Honorably Discharged as Brig.‑General, N. A., Only, May 15, 1919)

at Boston, Mass., in charge of Militia Affairs for New England States, May, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1916.

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

Returned to Grade of Colonel, May 15, 1919.

At Boston, Mass., in charge of Militia Affairs for New England States, May, 1919, to Feb., 1920; at Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., commanding 26th Infantry, Feb. to Oct., 1920; at Fort Benning, Ga., student officer at the Infantry School, Oct. 15, 1920, to June 30, 1921, when he was graduated; at Tientsin, China, commanding 15th Infantry, to Dec., 1922; at Madison, Wis., on duty with National Guard, Mar., 1923, to June 30, 1925; at Columbus, Ohio, commanding General Reserve Depot, July 19, 1925, to July 19, 1927.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, July 19, 1927,
By Operation of Law.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., July 19, 1927.

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., June 21, 1930.

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

Military History: —

Col Ret 19 Jul 27;

Brig Gen Ret 21 Jun 30.

Died at Fort McPherson, Ga., Apr. 15, 1942: Aged 78.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

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

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