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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1887

Vol. III

(Born N. J.)

William Weigel

(Ap'd N. J.)


Born New Brunswick, NJ.​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., 11th Infantry, June 12, 1887.

Served: in garrison at Madison Barracks, N. Y., Sep. 30, 1887, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: With regiment, 11th U. S. Infantry, Madison Barracks, Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., to May, 1891. — With regiment, Whipple Barracks, Ariz., Sept., 1893 to April 1, 1894. — In command of company at San Carlos, Ariz. — Post Adjutant and in command of Apache Indian scouts at San Carlos, Ariz., Dec., 1893 to April 1, 1894; on duty at U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., September 9, 1894

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 22d Infantry, June 6, 1894)

(Transferred to 11th Infantry, June 22, 1894)

to May 1, 1898. — Quartermaster and Acting Commissary of Subsistence, Camp Black, L. I., N. Y., with New York State volunteers, May 2 to Dec. 10, 1898. — Mustering officer, Camp Black, May 30, 1898. — On duty at Montauk Point, L. I., N. Y., Aug. 15 to Aug. 20, 1898.

(Captain and Asst. Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers, Nov. 26, 1898)

— Aide-de‑camp to Brigadier-General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Pennington, U. S. Volunteers, from June 17 to Dec. 10, 1898. — On duty in Havana, Cuba, as assistant to Chief Quartermaster, Division of Cuba, from Dec. 20, 1898 to –––––;

(Captain of Infantry, 11th Infantry, March 2, 1899)

(Regimental Quartermaster, May 12, 1899.)

(Resigned Volunteer Commission as Captain and Asst. Quartermaster,
June 14, 1899)

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, June 16, 1899)

— Quartermaster and Acting Commissary of Subsistence, U. S. transport Terry, April 8 to June 30, 1899.

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

Military History. — Served: Assistant to Chief Quartermaster, Division of Cuba, from Dec. 20, 1898 to Dec. 16, 1899; with regiment, 11th U. S. Infantry (Regimental Quartermaster), at San Juan, P. R., from Jan. 1, 1900 to Dec. 6, 1900; at Washington Barracks, Washington, D. C., Dec. 7, 1900 to April 4, 1901; Philippine Islands, from April 5, 1901 to Sept. 12, 1903; Chief Quartermaster, 1st District, Department of Visayas, P. I., May 31, 1901 to Oct. 9, 1901; Chief Quartermaster, 6th Separate Brigade, in campaign against ladrones and insurrectos, on Island of Samar, P. I., Oct. 10, 1901 to Dec. 31, 1902; Chief Quartermaster and Commissary against ladrones and insurrectos in "Surigao Expedition," Mindanao, P. I., March 30, 1903 to July 16, 1903; relieved as Regimental Quartermaster, 11th Infantry, Aug. 1, 1903.

(Quartermaster, by detail, Aug. 22, 1903 to Aug. 22, 1907)

— Constructing Quartermaster, Fort Sheridan, Ill., from Nov. 15, 1903 to Sept. 15, 1907.

(Assigned to 18th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1907)

— With Regiment, 18th U. S. Infantry, at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Sept. 27, 1907 to Oct. 4, 1907; Philippine Islands, from Oct. 5, 1907, to Nov. 12, 1909, (station, Camp Keithley, Mindanao, P. I.); Fort Mackenzie, Wyo., Nov. 13, 1909 to –––––.

(Major, 2d Infantry, March 12, 1910)

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

(Born Aug. 25, 1863.)

Military History. —

Captain, 11th Infantry, March 2, 1899.

At Fort Mackenzie, Wyo., Nov. 13, 1909, to March 12, 1910;

(Major, 2d Infantry, March 12, 1910)

at Fort Thomas, Ky., with regiment, March 15 to Aug. 22, 1910; (at Gettysburg Maneuvers, commanding regiment, July 1‑31, 1910); at Columbus Bks., Ohio, Aug. 23 to Sept. 2, 1910; at Philadelphia, Pa., on recruiting duty, Sept. 10, 1910, to

(Assigned to 23d Infantry, April 1, 1912)

April 6, 1912; at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., and at Texas City, Texas, with regiment, April 7, 1912, to Jan. 28, 1914; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., taking Field Officer's Course, Jan. 11 to March 20, 1913; at Texas City, Texas, with 2nd Division, Provost Marshal, April 27 to Aug. 15, 1913; commanding 23rd Infantry, June 20 to Oct. 15, 1913; at New York City, Inspector-instructor, National Guard of New York, Feb. 14, 1914, to Oct. 22, 1915; at Fort Crockett, Texas, with regiment, Dec. 5, 1915, to Feb. 18, 1916;

(Transferred to 2d Infantry, 1916)

at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, with 2nd Infantry, April 13, 1916, to

 p467  (Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, June 12, 1916)

(Colonel of Infantry, May 15, 1917)

July 16, 1917; (commanded regiment from March 5, 1917); at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, commanding 1st Infantry, July 16 to

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

Sept. 3, 1917; at Camp Devens, Mass., commanding 151st Depot Brigade, 76th Division, Sep. 17, 1917, to March 14, 1918; (commanded 76th Division, Nov. 27, 1917, to Feb. 13, 1918); at Camp Hancock, Ga., commanding 56th Brigade, 28th Division (Pennsylvania National Guard), and preparing for overseas duty, April 21‑28, 1919; at Camp Upton, Long Island, with Brigade, April 29 to May 5; en route to Calais, via Southampton and Dover, to May 14; in training with British and French Armies, May 17 to June 23; moved Brigade into second line of defense along the Marne, July 4; center of line opposite Château Thierry; one regiment of Brigade participated in the defense which caused the German retreat across the Marne in the vicinity of Château Thierry, and entire Brigade participated in driving the enemy north and across the Vesle towards the Aisne; operations lasted from July 14 to Sept. 11 and during this entire time the 56th Brigade was continually under fire, the opposing troops being the Army of the German Crown Prince; the Brigade took the towns of Épieds and Courpoil, the Forêt de Fère, the city of Fismes, Château Diable Woods and Fismettes;

(Major-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918)

assigned to command of 88th Division; joined 88th Division at Semur, Sept. 10; moved Division to Héricourt area, Sept. 15; relieved 38th French Division in Belfort Gap (Haute-Alsace Sector), Oct. 15 to Nov. 4; (during a part of this time, Division included one regiment of French Morocco Division); moved Division by rail to Toul Sector, Nov. 6, and participated in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Nov. 6 to 11; commanded 9th Corps, U. S. Army, January 26 to 30, 1919; in Gondrecourt Area, France, commanding 88th Division, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

Jan. 17, 1919,

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As commander of a brigade of the Twenty-eighth Division in the fighting on the Vesle of August, 1918, he inspired confidence by his constant activities and his aggressive pressing of the enemy at every opportunity, which resulted in driving the enemy forces across the Vesle northward toward the Aisne."


Croix de Guerre, with Palm

Jan. 25, 1919, and cited — "Commanding a Brigade of the 28th U. S. Division, particularly distinguished himself during the offensive of the 6th French Army on the Ourcq in July, 1918. By his eminent qualities as a commander and by his energy, he contributed powerfully during the combats in the Bois de Belleau and in the Forêt de Fère to the success of the operations which compelled the enemy to fall back upon the Aisne and forced the general retreat of the Germans."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Major-General, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918.

In Gondrecourt Area, France, commanding 88th Division, Dec. 3, 1918 to May 7, 1919, moved the 88th Division to the Le Mans area and then to Brest and St. Nazaire, France, from which places the elements of the Division sailed for the U. S., May 7 to May 21, 1919; the headquarters and last contingent arriving at Newport News, Va., June 1, 1919; at Camp Dodge, Iowa, demobilizing 88th Division, June 3 to June 12, 1919;

Returned to Grade of Colonel, U. S. A., June 15, 1919.

placed on Initial General Staff Corps Eligible List; at Camp Meade, Md., commanding the 17th Infantry, June 15 to Aug. 22, 1919; General Staff Corps, Aug. 22, 1919; at Governor's Island, N. Y., Chief of Staff of the Eastern Department and Second Corps Area, Aug. 22, 1919 to

 p259  Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Mar. 5, 1921.

May 10, 1921; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, July 1, 1921, to Feb., 1922; at New York City, Army Building, Deputy Commander 12th Army Corps, Organized Reserves, Feb., 1922 to Nov. 20, 1924;

Major-General, U. S. A., Nov. 20, 1924.

at Fort Wm. McKinley, Philippine Islands, commanding the Philippine Division, Jan. 26, 1925 to Feb. 16, 1927; at Manila, P. I., commanding the Philippine Department, Feb. 24 to May 10, 1926; returned to the United States, Mar. 17, 1927; on leave of absence, and at New York City, Headquarters Second Corps Area, in charge of Public Relations for the Army, until retirement.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 25, 1927,
By Operation of Law.

Awarded Croix de Guerre with Palm; citation by Petain, Chief of French Armies of the East:

"As Commander of a Brigade of the 28th Division he gave proof of the greatest ardour for the offensive, ceaselessly pursuing the retreating enemy between the Vesle and the Aisne and capturing numerous prisoners. He was afterwards made Commander of the 88th Division."

Commander of the Legion of Honor, May 21, 1919 — conferred by the French Government at St. Nazaire, France, with added Palm.

Civil History: — Vice President of the Pennsylvania Dock and Warehouse Company, 25 Church St., New York City, N. Y.; Degree of Master of Science conferred by Rutgers College, June 9, 1919.

Home address: New Brunswick, N. J.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Aug. 25, 1927.

Died, Mar. 4, 1936, at Governor's Island, N. Y.: Aged 72.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1936.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

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

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