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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1893

Vol. IV

(Born Mas.)

Walter C. Babcock

(Ap'd Mas.)


(Walter Crosby Babcock)

Born Boston, MA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 1889 to June 12, 1893, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut. of Cavalry, 12th Cavalry, June 12, 1893)

Served: At Fort Yates, N. D., Sept. 30, 1893 to May 12, 1894; at Fort Meade, S. D., from May 26, 1894 to July 19, 1896; at U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., in the Department of Drawing, from Aug. 20, 1896 to Apr. 8, 1898; Assistant Professor of Drawing, June 22 to Sept. 1, 1898; in the A. G. O., Washington, D. C., from April 9, 1898 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: In Adjutant-General's Office, War Department, in charge of Photographic Rooms, April 9, 1898 to April 1, 1899; with Copper River Exploring Expedition, in Alaska, as Topographical Officer, and in charge of construction of Trans-Alaskan Military Road, to July 27, 1901.

(Captain, 13th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901)

— With regiment at Fort Robinson, Neb., to April 20, 1902; at Fort Meade, S. D., to Feb. 16, 1903; en route to and in Philippine Islands, to April 15, 1905; at Fort Riley, Kans., as Engineer Officer and Instructor of Topography, Mounted Service School, to July 22, 1906; sick at United States Army General Hospital, Ft. Bayard, N. M., to April 9, 1907; at U. S. Army General Hospital, Fort Bayard, N. M., as Purchasing Officer and Commissary, to April 4, 1908; with regiment at Fort Sheridan, Ill., to Feb. 28, 1909; en route to and in Philippine Islands, Feb. 28, 1900 to –––––.

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

(Walter Crosby Babcock, Born Aug. 16, 1870.)

Military History. —

Captain, 13th Cavalry, Feb. 2, 1901.

En route to and in Philippines, Feb. 28 to Oct. 14, 1909; en route to U. S., to Nov. 12, 1909; sick in U. S. General Hospital, Presidio of San Francisco, Cal., to Jan. 3, 1910; at Fort Bayard, N. M., sick in Hospital to Jan. 22, 1910, and Purchasing Officer and Commissary at Hospital to Sept. 30, 1910; at Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Quartermaster and Commissary, Oct. 3 to Dec. 16, 1910; and commanding post, Dec. 17, 1910, to Feb. 14, 1911; on leave of absence to April 16, 1911; at Fort Riley, Kans., commanding Troop, to June 15, 1912; (commanded detachment consisting of Troop of Cavalry and Battery of Field Artillery, en route from Fort Riley to Hutchinson, Kans., and return, Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 1911, for purpose of receiving and escorting the President of the U. S. at Hutchinson on Sept. 26); on leave of absence to Aug. 15, 1912; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer at Army School of the Line, Aug. 16, 1912, to June 16, 1913. (Distinguished Graduate); Inspector-instructor with Troops B and D, Massachusetts Cavalry, July 26 to Aug. 2, 1913, and with Nebraska National Guard, Aug. 8 to 20, 1913; at Fort Leavenworth, student officer, Army Staff College, Sept. 1, 1913, to April 28, 1914, (Graduate); commanding Troop at El Paso, Texas, May 2 to 25, 1914; at Columbus, N. M., May 28, 1914, to June 5, 1915; at Marfa, Texas, June 9 to 12, 1915; succor in Hospital and on sick leave to Aug. 4, 1915; at Marfa, Texas, commanding Troop, to Jan. 18, 1916; sick in Hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, commanding Troop, to Jan. 18, 1916; sick in Hospital at Fort Bliss, Texas, and at Hot Springs, Ark., and on sick leave to

(Major of Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

(Detailed to General Staff, July 10, 1916)

July 23, 1916; at Llano Grande, Texas, Chief of Staff, 13th Provisional Division, Aug. 18, 1916, to Jan. 10, 1917, and at Brownsville, Tex., to March 20, 1917; at Camp Wilson, San Antonio, Texas, Chief of Staff, 1st Provisional Infantry Division, March 21 to May 17, 1917; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Assistant Chief of Staff, Southern Department, May 18 to June 20, 1917; at San Francisco, Cal., Chief of Staff, Western Department, June 24 to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Cavalry, June 28, 1917)

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

Aug. 15, 1917; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding 310th Infantry, Aug. 22, 1917, to May 17, 1918; en route to France, May 20 to June 9, 1918; commanding Regiment at Seninghem, Magnicourt, La Thieuloye and Framecourt, France, June 12 to Aug. 22; at Fresnes-sur‑Apance and Sommerécourt, Department of Haute-Marne and at Gironcourt, Department of Vosges, Aug. 24 to Sept. 10; to Thiaucourt, Sept. 15; participated in St. Mihiel Offensive, Sept. 15‑16; in St. Mihiel Defensive, Limey Sector, Sept. 17 to Oct. 5; en route from Thiaucourt to Argonne Forest, Oct. 5 to 11; participated with Regiment in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, (St. Juvin, Bois des Loges, Beffu, Briquenay, Germont, Authe, Brieulles, Verrières and Sy), Oct. 11 to Nov. 5; en route to Vic de Chassenay, Cote d'Or, to Nov. 17, and at that place commanding Regiment, to May 1, 1919; at Cadillac, May 3 to 10; at Bordeaux to May 16; en route with Regiment to U. S. to May 29, 1919; at Camp Dix, N. J., commanding Regiment, to June 5, 1919; on leave of absence to July 4; at Washington, D. C., in office of Inspector-General, to Aug. 14; student officer, General Staff College, Aug. 15, 1919, to ––––

(Returned to Grade of Lieut.‑Colonel, Aug. 30, 1919)


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. In command of the 310th Infantry he displayed marked ability alike in its organization and training and in the field. In offensive operations against the enemy  p667 he led his command with exceptional judgment and tactical ability, showing himself always possessed of a full grasp of the situation and its needs, and keeping his higher commanders at all times informed of the conditions as he learned them by personal reconnaissance. He was untiring in energy and devotion to the important tasks assigned him, acting unhesitatingly and successfully in times of emergency."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

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

 p362  At Washington, D. C., in office of Inspector General, to Aug. 14; student officer, goings College, Aug. 15, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, Aug. 31, 1919.

Colonel of Cavalry, July 1, 1920.

July 2, 1920, when he was graduated; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., commanding post, Aug. 10, to Sept. 9, 1920; at Washington, D. C., Instructor, War Plans Division, Army War College, Sept. 11, 1920, to Nov. 1, 1921; (Acting Commandant, Army War College, Apr. 13, to May 11, 1921)

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Nov. 1, 1921,
At His Own Request, After 30 Years' Service.


Brigadier-General, Officers Reserve Corps, Dec. 23, 1921.

At Washington, D. C., Quartermaster and Purchasing Officer at U. S. Soldiers Home, July 1, 1922, to Aug. 31, 1923; Secretary‑Treasurer, U. S. Soldiers' Home, Sept. 1, 1923, to –––––; Secretary, Board of Commissioners, U. S. Soldiers' Home, May 18, 1927, to ––––

Awarded Silver Star Citation.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Nov. 1, 1921.

Secty-Treasurer, U. S. Soldiers' Home Sept. 1, 1923 to Sept. 15, 1934; Secty, Bd. of Commissioners, U. S. Soldiers' Home, May 18, 1927, to Sept. 15, 1934.

Died Aug. 9, 1937, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 67.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1938.º

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Babcock's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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