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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1889

Vol. III

(Born O.)

Sydney​a A. Cloman

(Ap'd O.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1885, to June 12, 1889, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 1st Infantry, June 12, 1889.

Served in garrison at Angel Island, Cal., Sep. 30, 1889, to –––––.

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

Military History. — Served: At Angel Island, Cal. (in the field in South Dakota, during campaign against Sioux Indians, Dec., 1890 to Feb., 1891), to Aug. 27, 1891; on recruiting service to April 22, 1892; garrison duty at Angel Island, Cal., to Oct. 2, 1893; at Benicia Barracks, Cal., to June 24, 1895; at Angel Island, Cal., to Oct., 1896; at Presidio, San Francisco, Cal.,

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 15th Infantry, Nov. 7, 1896)

to Feb., 1897; at Fort Bayard, N. M., to June 30, 1897; on leave to  p487 Aug. 14, 1897; Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the University of California, Berkeley, Cal., Aug. 14, 1897 to May, 1898;

(Major and Chief Commissary of Subsistence,
U. S. Volunteers, May 28, 1898)

on duty as Commissary of the first expedition to the Philippines, May 23 to June 30, 1898; Chief Commissary of troops in the Philippines, July 1 to 26, 1898, and Purchasing Commissary at Cavite, July 1 to Aug. 13, 1898; Depot and Purchasing Commissary at Manila, P. I., Aug. 15, 1898 to Feb. 28, 1899; Quartermaster and Commissary on transport service, March 1

(Honorably discharged from Volunteer Service, June 13, 1899)

(Captain and Asst. Quartermaster, U. S. Volunteers,
July 18, 1899)

(Commission as Captain, U. S. Volunteers, vacated, Sept. 7, 1899)

(Captain of Infantry, 23d Infantry, Sept. 7, 1899)

to Oct. 12, 1899. — With regiment in the Philippines, Nov. 6, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: With regiment in the Philippines Nov. 6, 1899 to Oct. 31, 1901; with regiment at Madison Barracks  p440 and Plattsburg Barracks, to Jan. 1, 1903; on recruiting service, San Francisco, until May 5, 1903; at War Department, Washington, to Nov. 10, 1903; detailed General Staff, Aug. 15, 1903; in Venezuela, Colombia and Panama, to April 1, 1904; at War Department, General Staff and War College, to April, 1905; Military Attache and Observer with Russian Army in Manchuria, to Nov. 1, 1905; at War Department, General Staff and War College, to Dec. 20, 1906; Military Attache to the American Embassy, London, England, Jan. 1, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Sydney Amos Cloman, Born Oct. 10, 1867.)

Military History. —

Captain, 23d Infantry, Sept. 7, 1899.

At London, England, Military Attaché to American Embassy, Jan. 1, 1907, to 1911; (in Turkish counter-revolution of 1910; with U. S. Commission  p531 to Liberia and Sierra Leone, 1910); at Fort McIntosh, Texas, with regiment, 1911;

(Major, 26th Infantry, March 11, 1911)

at Fort Brady, Mich., with 26th Infantry, 1911‑1912; at San Francisco, Cal., Representative of the War Department and in command of Exposition Guard at Panama-Pacific Exposition, 1912 to 1914; visited Australia, New Zealand and Malay States, as member of U. S. Commission, 1914; served in Philippines with

(Assigned to 21st Infantry, Sept. 1, 1914)

(Transferred to 30th Infantry, Oct. 21, 1914)

(Assigned to 24th Infantry, Feb. 10, 1915)

(Transferred to 8th Infantry, Sept. 1, 1915)

various regiments, 1914 to 1916; in Manila with 24th and 8th Infantry, 1916; at El Paso, Texas, commanding 23d Infantry, 1916; at Nogales, Arizona, with 12th Infantry to Jan. 25, 1917.

Resigned Jan. 25, 1917.


Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, June 11, 1917.

Colonel of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

Joined at Camp Zachary Taylor, Ky., Sept. 1, 1917; organized and commanded 159th Depot Brigade, 1917‑1918; at Camp Lee, Va., and in France, commanding 320th Infantry, May to June, 1918; in British Sector to June 11, 1918; at Langres, France, student officer at General Staff College, to Sept. 1, 1918; Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑3, 1st Corps, and Corps Liaison Officer with 2nd Division, during St. Mihiel Campaign; assigned as Chief of Staff; 29th Division, and joined in Alsace; with Division during Argonne Campaign and on Heights of the Meuse, north of Verdun, to Nov. 11, 1918; in Paris, Assistant Finance Officer, member of Board of Contracts and Adjustments, and Chief of Administrative Liaison Bureau, December, 1918, to May, 1919, when he returned to U. S.

Lieut.‑Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 23,º 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 33 Years' Service.

Awarded Croix-de‑Guerre; Officer of the Legion of Honor of France; Companion of Order of St. Michael and St. George of England; Order of Stanislaus, 2nd Class, of Russia; Order of Danilo of Montenegro.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As chief of staff of the 29th Division, he showed himself resource­ful and equal to any emergency. His sound judgment and ability, especially during the operations north of Verdun, France, in October, 1918, were of a high order. The success of these operations was in a measure due to his energy, zeal, and rare qualities of leader­ship."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, May 24,º 1919,
At His Own Request, After Over 33 Years' Service.

Died, May 12, 1923, at Burlingame, Calif.: Aged 55.

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

Colonel, U. S. A. (Posthumously), May 12, 1923,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Thayer's Note:

a The Register spells his first name Sidney in Vols. III, IV, and V; making the correction in Vol. VI with no comment. His AOG obituary following the later spelling, I too have made the correction.

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