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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1888

Vol. III

(Born Ill.)

George W. Burr

(Ap'd Mo.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 15, 1884, to June 11, 1888, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 11, 1888.

Served: in garrison at the Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., Sep. 30, 1888, to May, 1889, — Alcatraz Island, Cal., to Dec. 4, 1889, — and Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: In garrison at the Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to May 8, 1890. — Leave of absence, to June 10, 1890. — At Fort Hamilton, N. Y. H., to Nov. 12, 1891. — (Sick leave of absence, July to Sept., 1891.)

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Jan. 10, 1893)

— As Professor of Military Science and Tactics at Agricultural and Mechanical College of Mississippi, to July 7, 1893. — As assistant at Allegheny Arsenal, Pittsburg, Pa., to Nov. 24, 1894. — At Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., to Jan. 6, 1899. — At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to ––––

(Captain, Ordnance, April 7, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to May 7, 1901; at Sandy Hook Proving Ground, N. J., (temporary duty at Fort Riley, Kas., May and June, 1902), to Sept. 1, 1902; in Office of  p417 Chief of Ordnance, U. S. A., Washington, D. C., to Nov. 1, 1902; at Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., to

(Major, Ordnance, June 25, 1906)

Oct. 24, 1907; (Chief Ordnance Officer of Division Camps at Fort Riley, Kas., Oct., 1903 and Aug., 1906, and near Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., Sept., 1906; attended International Engineering Congress, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 3 to 8, 1904, and read paper on "Mobile Artillery," published in transactions of American Society of Civil Engineers, 1905; Author of other papers and pamphlets on Ordnance subjects; Inspector of Ordnance at South Bend, Ind., at various times during 1905 and 1906; member of Boards for the promotional examination of officers, Oct., 1906 and Dec., 1907); en route to Manila, P. I., to Dec. 5, 1907; commanding Manila Ordnance Depot, Chief Ordnance Officer, Philippines Division, and in charge Philippines Armament District; absent with leave, in China and Japan, May, 1908; member of Fortification Board, Philippine Islands, since Dec. 30, 1907; member of Board on Equipment of Philippine Scouts, June 10 to Sept. 30, 1908.

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

(George Washington Burr, Born Dec. 3, 1865.)

Military History. —

Major, Ordnance Department, June 25, 1906.

In Philippines, Dec. 5, 1907, to Dec. 18, 1909; en route to U. S. and on leave of absence in China, India, Egypt and Europe, to May 15, 1910; commanding Augusta Arsenal, Armament Officer, Southern Armament District, and Chief Ordnance Officer, Southern Department, May, 1910, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, Oct. 23, 1910)

June 25, 1911; commanding Rock Island Arsenal and Chief Ordnance Officer, Central Department, July 7, 1911, to

(Colonel, Ordnance Department, July 1, 1916)

Feb. 15, 1918; (member Cavalry Equipment Boards of 1912 and 1915); at Washington, D. C., to March 13, 1918; sailed for overseas, March 28, 1918; in London, England, Chief Ordnance Officer, Base Section No. 3, and technical representative of the Ordnance Department in Great Britain until

(Brigadier-General, Ordnance Department, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918)

Oct. 4, 1918; (in France, April 25 to May 19 and Sept. 20 to 29, 1918); at Washington, D. C., Chief of Engineering Division, Ordnance Office, Oct. 14 to Nov. 29, 1918; Assistant Director, Purchase, Storage and Traffic Division, General Staff, Nov. 29, 1918; member of General Staff, Jan. 16, 1919; member of War Department Claims Board, Jan. 17, 1919; Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Purchase, Storage and Traffic, General Staff, March 1, 1919;

(Major-General, U. S. A., March 5, 1919)


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service as Director of Purchase, Storage and Traffic, General Staff. He has had under his supervision during the last several months most important and complicated operations in relation to the cancellation of contracts, the adjustment of claims, the disposal of surplus supplies and the storage of materials that have accumulated during the war or that had been delivered by manufacturers since the armistice."

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

Military History: —

Colonel, Ordnance Department, July 1, 1916.

Brigadier-General, Ordnance Department, U. S. A., Aug. 8, 1918.

At Washington, D. C., Assistant Chief of Staff and Director of Purchase, Storage and Traffic, General Staff, Mar. 1, 1919, to

Major-General, U. S. A., Mar. 5, 1919.

Returned to Grade of Colonel, June 30, 1920.

Brigadier-General, Assistant Chief of Ordnance,
Recess Appointment, July 1, 1920.

Brigadier-General, Assistant Chief of Ordnance, July 2, 1920.

Sept. 1, 1920; in various cities abroad, Special Representative of the Secretary of War in connection with liquidation matters, to Dec. 11; at Washington, D. C., Chief of Field Service, Ordnance Department, Dec. 11, 1920, to Mar. 4, 1923.

Died Mar. 4, 1923, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 57.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1925.

Major-General, U. S. A., (Posthumously), Mar. 4, 1923.
Act of June 21, 1930.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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