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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born Mo.)

Edgar Russel

(Ap'd Mo.)


Born Pleasant Hill, MO.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1883, to June 12, 1887, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Artillery, June 12, 1887.

Served in garrison at Washington Barracks, D. C., Sep. 30, 1887 (on temporary duty at Ft. Monroe, Va., June to Sep. 28, 1889), to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Monroe, Va., to Dec. 18, 1890; on leave to Feb. 8, 1891; with light battery at Fort Sam Houston, Tex.,  p443 to April 29, 1892; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to Jan. 24, 1893, and at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., to Aug. 1, 1893; on duty at the U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., as Instructor of Chemistry, Aug. 22, 1893

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 5th Artillery, Nov. 2, 1893)

to Aug. 13, 1897, and as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy, and Geology

(Transferred to 6th Artillery, Mar. 8, 1898)

(Captain and Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, June 20, 1898)

to June 22, 1898; commanding Signal Company en route to and in Philippines, to ––––

(First Lieut., Signal Corps, Aug. 30, 1900)

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

Military History. — Served: Left San Francisco, Cal., for the Philippines, in command of a Signal Corps Company, July 23, 1898; commanding Signal Corps Company in the Philippines, from Aug. 24, 1898 to April 7, 1900; Chief Signal Officer, Department of Southern Luzon, and commanding Signal Corps Company in the Philippines, from April 7, 1900 to Dec. 13, 1900; with U. S. Cableship Burnside, in the Philippines, from Dec. 16, 1900 to April 12, 1901; left Philippines for San Francisco, Cal., April 22, 1901.

(Captain, Staff — Signal Corps, Feb. 2, 1901)

(Major and Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, April 12, 1901)

(Honorably Discharged as Major and Signal Officer, U. S. Volunteers, June 30, 1901)

— In Office of Chief Signal Officer of the Army, Washington, D. C., from June 1, 1901 to June 17, 1903; at Seattle, Wash., and in Alaskan waters, in connection with the laying of the Washington-Alaska cable, July 1, 1903 to Dec. 29, 1903; in Office of Chief Signal Officer of the Army, Washington, D. C., Jan. 4, 1904 to May 1, 1904; at Seattle, Washington, and in Alaskan waters, in connection with the installation of the Washington-Alaska cable, May 18, 1904 to Sept. 10, 1904.

(Major, Staff — Signal Corps, July 6, 1904)

— In charge of the installation of the Sitka-Valdez cable, Sept. 11, 1904 to Feb. 20, 1905; in Office of Chief Signal Officer of the Army, Washington, D. C., March 11, 1905 to May 1, 1906; Assistant to the Chief Signal Officer of the Army, Washington, D. C., May 2, 1906 to –––––; recommended by General Lawton for brevet of Major of Volunteers, for efficient work with the Signal Party in keeping line up to the front, and very efficient services rendered by the Signal Party in series of operations in an expedition to the Province of Cavite, June 10 to 22, 1899; recommended by Major-General MacArthur, commanding 2d Division, 8th Army Corps, to be Major and Lieutenant-Colonel, by brevet, United States Volunteers, and Major, by brevet, United States Army, for gallant and exceptionally skilful and meritorious services in conducting the indispensable and dangerous  p403 duties of the Signal Service throughout the campaign, from Feb. 4 to May 15, 1899, especially for battles of Manila, Feb. 4 and 5, and action at Caloocan, Feb. 10, 1899.

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

(Born Feb. 20, 1862.)

Military History. —

Major, Signal Corps, July 6, 1904.

At Washington, D. C., Assistant to the Chief Signal Officer of the Army, May 2, 1906, to August, 1908; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Director of Army Signal School, to May, 1912; Delegate to International Radio Conference, London, May‑June, 1912; at Washington, D. C., Assistant to Chief Signal Officer of the Army, September, 1912, to August, 1915; at Honolulu, Chief Signal Officer, Department of Hawaii, February to July, 1916;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Signal Corps, July 1, 1916)

at San Antonio, Texas, Chief Signal Officer, Southern Department, July, 1916, to

(Colonel, Signal Corps, April 12, 1917)

May, 1917; sailed for France with General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pershing, May 28, 1917; Chief Signal Officer, American Expeditionary Forces, from that date:

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


Distinguished Service Medal

Jan. 8, 1919,

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As Chief Signal Officer, American Expeditionary Forces, he has shown great ability in the organization and administration of his Department, and the results attained are largely due to his zeal and energy. The Signal Corps in France stands out as one of the master­ful accomplishments of the American Expeditionary Forces, and to General Russel is due the credit for its foundation and organization."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Colonel, Signal Corps, Apr. 12, 1917.

Sailed for France with General Pershing, May 28, 1917; Chief Signal Officer, American Expeditionary Forces, in charge of military telephone, telegraph cable and radio systems in American Expeditionary Forces until

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

he left for the U. S. on July 19, 1919;

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Aug. 15, 1919.

 p254  at Governor's Island, N. Y., Signal Officer, Eastern Department, and 2nd Corps Area, Aug. 15, 1919, to Oct. 11, 1921;

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 11, 1921.

at Camp Knox, Ky., Jan. 4 to March 1, 1922; at Fort Sill, Okla., to Apr. 1; commanding 1st Brigade, Field Artillery, and on temporary duty at Washington, D. C., to Dec. 4, 1922.

Major-General, U. S. A., Dec. 2, 1922.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Dec. 5, 1922,
For Disability Incident to the Service.

Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Feb. 5, 1899," and "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at Caloocan, Luzon, Philippine Islands, February 10, 1899."

Died, Apr. 26, 1925, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 63.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1929.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

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

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