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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1890

Vol. III

(Born Neb.)

Colden L'H. Ruggles​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1, 1886, to June 12, 1890, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Add. Second Lieut., 1st Artillery, June 12, 1890.

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

Military History. — Served: At Fort Columbus, N. Y. H., with 1st Artillery, from Oct., 1890

(Second Lieut. of Artillery, 3d Artillery, Jan. 7, 1891)

to Aug., 1891; with 3d Artillery at Fort Monroe, Va., from Aug., 1891 to Dec. 18, 1893; on duty at the Artillery School from September, 1892 to Dec. 18, 1893;

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Dec. 18, 1893)

served at Frankford Arsenal, Pa., from Jan. to Oct., 1894; at the Sandy Hook Proving Ground, N. Y., from Oct., 1894 to Oct., 1896; at the Frankford Arsenal, Pa., from Oct., 1896 to ––––

(Major and Chief Ordnance Officer, U. S. Volunteers, Aug. 22, 1898 — Declined)

(Captain, Ordnance, April 29, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: At the Frankford Arsenal, Pa., from Oct., 1896 to Feb., 1900; as Inspector of Ordnance, U. S. A., at the works of the Bethlehem Steel Company, South Bethlehem, Pa., from Feb., 1900 to July, 1903; at the Watertown Arsenal, from July, 1903 to Aug. 21, 1908.

(Major, Ordnance, June 25, 1906)

— As Professor of Ordnance and Science of Gunnery, United States Military Academy, with rank of Lieut.‑Colonel, from Aug. 21, 1908 to –––––; Graduate of the Lehigh University, Class of 1903, having received from that institution the degree of Electrical Engineer.

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

(Colden L'Hommedieu Ruggles, Born Mar. 18, 1869.)

Military History. —

Major, Ordnance Department, June 25, 1906.

At U. S. Military Academy, Professor of Ordnance and Science of Gunnery, Aug. 21, 1908, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, April 13, 1911)

June 30, 1911; at Benicia Arsenal, Cal., Ordnance Officer, Western Department, and commanding Arsenal, July, 1911, to July, 1913; in Philippines, Ordnance Officer, Philippine Department, and commanding Manila Ordnance Depot, Sept. 2, 1913, to Oct. 6, 1915; at Sandy Hook, N. J., commanding Proving Ground, December, 1915, to

(Colonel, Ordnance Department, May 15, 1917)

March, 1918; (in addition, commanded Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., from January, 1918); at Washington, D. C., Chief of Supply Division, Ordnance Department, March 11 to 22, 1918, and Chief of Inspection Division, Ordnance Department, March 22, 1918, to

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

Jan. 6, 1919; (on temporary duty overseas in England and France with American Expeditionary Forces, Oct. 6 to Dec. 23, 1918); at Washington, D. C., Chief of Technical Staff, Ordnance Department, Jan. 6, 1919, to

(Honorably Discharged as Brig.‑Gen., Only, March 10, 1919)


Distinguished Service Medal

"For especially meritorious and distinguished service. The conception and construction of the Aberdeen Proving Ground and its operation during the early and most difficult period of its history are a monument to his sagacity and unremitting labor."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

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

 p298  At Washington, D. C., Chief of Technical Staff, Ordnance Department, Jan. 6, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Mar. 10, 1919.

July 15, 1921; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Aug. 15, 1921, to June 30, 1922 when he was graduated; at Washington, D. C., Chief of Technical Staff, Sept. 2, 1922, to

Brigadier-General, Assistant to Chief of Ordnance, Mar. 28, 1923.

Aug. 27, 1923; Assistant Chief of Ordnance and Chief of Manufacture, July 12, 1923, to (Appointed by the President as Delegate to Conference for the Supervision of the International Trade in Arms and Ammunition and in Implements of War, held in Geneva, Switzerland, May 4, to June 17, 1825);

Reappointed Brigadier-General, Assistant Chief of Ordnance, Mar. 28, 1927.

Aug. 31, 1930.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 31, 1930,
At His Own Request, After Over 40 Years' Service.

Civil History. — Author of "Stresses in Wire Wrapped Guns and Gun Carriages," published in 1916 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Aug. 31, 1930.

Died, Apr. 2, 1933, at Charleston, S. C.: Aged 64.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Bvt. Brig.‑General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George D. Ruggles, Class of 1855.

In Vol. V and subsequent volumes, the note appears as:

Son of Brigadier-General George D. Ruggles, Adjutant-General, U. S. Army, Class of 1855.

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