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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1890

Vol. III

(Born Mas.)

Fred W. Sladen​1

(Ap'd Neb.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1885, to June 12, 1890, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 14th Infantry, June 12, 1890.

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

Military History. — Served: At Vancouver Barracks, Wash., Oct. 10, 1890 to May 21, 1897. — With company in the field, Puyallup Indian Reservation, Wash., during the summer of 1893; and during labor  p499 troubles (Coxey Army movement) and railway strikes in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the spring and summer of 1894.

(First Lieut. of Infantry, 4th Infantry, Feb. 10, 1897)

— Aide-de‑camp to Brigadier-General E. S. Otis, commanding Department of Columbia, April 7 to May 21, 1897. — Aide-de‑Camp, Inspector S. A. P., and A. O. O., Headquarters Department of Colorado, May 24, 1897 to May 12, 1898. — Aide-de‑camp to Major-General E. S. Otis, U. S. Volunteers, while commanding U. S. expeditionary forces and Independent Division, 8th Army Corps, San Francisco, Cal., May 17 to July 15, 1898; during fourth expedition to Philippines, San Francisco to Manila, July 15 to Aug. 22, 1898; Department of Pacific and 8th Army Corps, Manila, P. I., Aug. 26 to 29, 1898; and while Military Governor in the Philippines and commanding Department of the Pacific and 8th Army Corps, Sept. 28, 1898 to –––––; Aide-de‑Camp to General Otis, Aug. 30, 1898 to ––––

(Captain of Infantry, 8th Infantry, Oct. 20, 1899)

(Transferred to 14th Infantry, April 17, 1900)

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

(Fred Winchester Sladen)

Military History. — Served: Aide-de‑camp to General Otis in the Division of the Philippines, Aug. 29, 1898 to May 5, 1900; Mustering Officer, Department of the Pacific and 8th Army Corps, and of the  p451 Division of the Philippines, Sept. 28, 1898 to May 5, 1900; Assistant Instructor of Infantry Tactics, and commanding company of cadets, U. S. Military Academy, Aug., 1900 to Aug., 1904; Acting Adjutant, U. S. Military Academy, March and Aug., 1902; at Vancouver Barracks, Wash. with regiment, Oct., 1904 to Aug., 1907; as Post Quartermaster and Commissary, to June, 1905; commanding Company B, 14th Infantry, to Sept., 1906; Regimental and Post Adjutant, to July, 1907; relief duty, with company, at San Francisco, Cal., after earthquake and fire, Apr. to June, 1906; detailed to the General Staff Corps, Aug. 15, 1907; member, Recorder and Disbursing Officer, National Board Promotion of Rifle Practice, Feb., 1908 to –––––; Secretary, General Staff Corps, April 7, 1908 to –––––. Engagements: Lines around Manila and at Caloocan, Feb., 1899; Putol and San Francisco de Malabon, Oct., 1899; Adjutant-General, Schwan's Independent Brigade, Oct., 1899; Service Medals: Spanish war, Philippine campaign.

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

(Fred Winchester Sladen, Born Nov. 24, 1867.)

Military History. —

Captain, 8th Infantry, Oct. 20, 1899.

Transferred to 14th Infantry, April 17, 1900.

 p553  Detailed to General Staff Corps, Aug. 15, 1907; Secretary of General Staff Corps, April 7, 1908, to Jan. 19, 1911; at U. S. Military Academy, Commandant of Cadets, Jan. 23, 1911, to

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

January 23, 1914:

(Assigned to 15th Infantry, Jan. 23, 1914)

en route to Philippines and to China to March 31, 1914; at Tientsin, China, with 15th Infantry, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1916)

Aug. 31, 1916; en route to U. S. to Oct. 12, 1916; at San Francisco, Cal., awaiting orders, to Oct. 30, 1916; at San Diego, Cal., with 21st Infantry, to March, 1917; on detached service, instructing National Guard of California and at Los Angeles, Cal., Assistant to Commanding Officer, Southern District, Western Department, March, 1917; at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., commanding Post and School for Non‑commissioned candidates for appointment as temporary 2nd Lieutenants, to May, 1917; commanding 1st and 2nd Training Camps to

(Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Aug. 5, 1917)

Sept. 28, 1917; at Washington, D. C., member of General Staff Corps and in office of Chief of Staff to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, Dec. 17, 1917)

(Colonel of Infantry, Feb. 2, 1918)

March 21, 1918; relieved from duty in office of Chief of Staff and assigned to command of 5th Infantry Brigade, 3rd Division, March 21, 1918; at Camp Merritt, N. J., with Brigade, March 30 to April 6; en route, Hoboken, N. J., to Brest, France, to April 19, 1918; at Château Villain Training Area, April 23, 1918; commanded 5th Infantry Brigade as follows: At Juzennecourt, France, to May 30; en route to Château Thierry Sector, May 31; in the line in Aisne Defensive to June 5; in Château Thierry Defensive Sector to July 14; in action in Champagne-Marne Defensive, holding southern bank of the Marne from Château Thierry to Fossoy, to July 18; in action in Aisne-Marne Offensive, from the Marne to the Ourcq to July 30; in Training Areas at Fort de la Ville, at Naix-aux‑Forges and at Vaucouleurs to Sept. 11; in reserve in St. Mihiel Offensive, from l'Hermitage to Essey, to Sept. 16; en route from St. Mihiel to Verdun Sector, to Sept. 25; in action in Argonne-Meuse Offensive, north of Verdun, to Oct. 27; in Training Area at Tronville, to Nov. 15; on march from Tronville, France, to Andernach, Germany, as part of 3rd Army, American Expeditionary Forces, to Dec. 17; part of the American Army of Occupation, with Brigade Hdqrs. at Namedy on the Rhine, Dec. 18, 1918, to Aug. 3, 1919; detached from duty with 5th Brigade, 3d Division, and to duty with American Forces in Germany, Aug. 3; commanding 8th Infantry and 7th Machine Gun Battalion, including outpost troops in Bridgehead Area, east of the Rhine, to Nov. 7; commanded 1st Brigade, A. F. G., to ––––


Croix de Guerre, with Palm

and cited: "He displayed skill, energy and courage in command of his brigade during the Battle of July 15‑17, and during the operations to the north of the Marne."


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. While commanding the 5th Infantry Brigade in the battle of the Marne in July and in the Argonne operations in France, in October, 1918, he demonstrated conspicuous qualities of ability and leader­ship. The successes that attended the operations of his brigade were influenced greatly by his energy, skill, and courage as a commander."

 p554  Awarded

Distinguished Service Cross

"For extraordinary heroism in action near Ferme de la Madeleine, France, October 14, 1918. Although almost exhausted from 48 hours of continuous duty without rest of any kind, Gen. Sladen, upon learning that the front line was held up by enemy machine‑gun fire, proceeded to the advanced position through 3 kilometers of severe artillery fire. Upon arrival he found that the battalion commander had been killed and the unit badly disorganized and intermingled. He personally reorganized the troops under the terrific machine‑gun and shell fire, reconnoitered the enemy's positions, and launched the advance anew. While engaged in this perilous mission he fainted from exhaustion, but upon being revived refused to be evacuated, and continued in the work of reorganizing and stabilizing the line at this critical period. Due to his efforts the action was carried to a success­ful conclusion in the face of apparently insurmountable difficulties."

Awarded Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italian); medal of La Solidaridad (Panama); Cross of Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Medal

Lieutenant-Colonel, 21st Infantry, July 1, 1916.

Brigadier-General, National Army, Dec. 17, 1917.

Colonel of Infantry, Feb. 2, 1918.

 p305  In Germany, commanding 8th Infantry and 7th Machine Gun Battalion, including outpost troops in Bridgehead Area east of the Rhine, Aug. 3 to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Oct. 31, 1919.

Nov. 7, 1919; commanding 1st Brigade, American Forces in Germany, to

Brigadier-General, Recess Appointment, July 3, 1920.

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

June 30, 1921; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., commanding post and 6th Corps Area Training Center, Oct. 1, 1921, to Apr. 20, 1922; at West Point, N. Y., superintendent, U. S. Military Academy, July 1, 1922, to

Major-General, U. S. A., Jan. 19, 1924.

Mar. 23, 1926; at Manila, P. I., commanding Philippine Department, May 4, 1926, to Apr. 30, 1928; at Baltimore, Md., commanding Third Corps Area, Sept. 14, 1928, to ––––

Awarded: Croix de Guerre, with two palms; Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italian); medal of La Solidaridad (Panama); Cross of Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).

Service Medals: Spanish War; Philippine Insurrection; World War with six clasps.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Maj.‑Gen., Jan. 19, 1924)

At Baltimore, Md., comdg. 3d C. A., Sept. 14, 1928 to Nov. 30, 1931.

(Maj. Gen., Ret., Nov. 30, 1931. By operation of law.)

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 30 Nov 31.

Died, July 10, 1945, at New London, N. H.: Aged 77.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.​a

The Author's Note:

1 Son of Captain J. A. Sladen, U. S. A., retired.

In Vols. VI‑VIII, the note appears as:

Son of [the late]º Major [Maj.] Joseph A. Sladen, U. S. A.

Thayer's Note:

a According to the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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