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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1894

Vol. IV

(Born Ga.)

Clarence C. Williams

(Ap'd Ga.)


Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 17, 1890 to June 12, 1894, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut. of Artillery, 4th Artillery, June 12, 1894)

Served: At Fort McHenry, Md., June, 1894, to Sept., 1896. — At Ft. Monroe, Va., Sept. 8, 1896 (Graduate of the Artillery School, 1898)

(Transferred to 6th Artillery, March 8, 1898)

to April, 1898. — Joined the Astor Battery in New York, May, 1898, and served with it in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war.

(First Lieut., Ordnance, Oct. 4, 1898)

— At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Dec., 1898 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: At Rock Island Arsenal, Ill., Dec., 1898 to May, 1899; Inspector of powder at the Du Pont Powder Works, Wilmington, Del., May, 1899 to Aug., 1902; in Ordnance Office, Washington, D. C.,

(Captain, Ordnance, June 14, 1902)

as Assistant to Chief Ordnance Officer, Aug., 1902 to April, 1904; at Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill., April, 1904 to Sept., 1906; Inspector of Ordnance, Bethlehem Steel Co.,

(Major, Ordnance, March 26, 1907)

South Bethlehem, Pa., Sept., 1906.

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

(Clarence Charles Williams, Born Nov. 8, 1869.)

Military History. —

Captain, Ordnance Department, June 14, 1902.

At South Bethlehem, Pa., Inspector of Ordnance at Bethlehem Steel Co., September, 1906, to

(Major, Ordnance Department, March 26, 1907)

Aug. 3, 1908; member Joint Army and Navy Board to Formulate Specifications for Gun Forgings, Dec. 20, 1907, to Jan. 12, 1912; en route to and from, and at Sheffield, England, inspecting ordnance material being obtained from Hadfield Steel Foundry, Jan. 12 to July 11, 1912; at Watertown Arsenal, Assistant to Commanding Officer, July 11, 1912, to Nov. 24, 1914; en route to and from and in Germany as Military Observer with the German Army, Nov. 26, 1914, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Ordnance Department, April 6, 1915)

May 14, 1915; member of Joint Army and Navy Board on Gun Forgings, May 14, 1915, to June 27, 1916; member Board of Engineers, Oct. 7, 1915, to same date; member of Board for Testing Rifled Cannon, Oct. 16, 1915, to same date; member of Joint Army and Navy Board on Smokeless Powder, Oct. 19, 1915, to a date; Department Ordnance Officer, Southern Department, during mobilization of Regular Army and National Guard on Mexican border, June 27, 1916, to Feb. 28, 1917; at Washington, D. C., Assistant to Chief of Ordnance, Feb. 28 to May 19, 1917;  p684 member of Machine Gun Board, March 27 to May 19, 1917; in France, Chief Ordnance Officer, American Expeditionary Forces, May 26, 1917, to

(Brigadier-General, Ordnance Department, Aug. 5, 1917)

April, 1918; at Washington, D. C., Acting Chief of Ordnance, April 30 to July 16, 1918; member of Board of Ordnance and Fortifications since May 1, 1918;

(Major-General, Chief of Ordnance, July 16, 1918)

Officer of the Legion of Honor, French, Jan. 29, 1919.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. An officer of high professional attainments, who rendered particularly valuable services in the organization of the ordnance department of the American Expeditionary Forces and exhibited unusual ability in arranging for the procurement of ordnance material and ammunition for the American Army in Europe."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Brigadier-General, Ordnance Department, National Army,
Aug. 5, 1917.

At Washington, D. C., Acting Chief of Ordnance, Apr. 30, to July 16, 1918; member of Board of Ordnance and Fortifications since May 1, 1918;

Major-General, Chief of Ordnance, July 16, 1918.

Chief of Ordnance, July 16, 1918, to Apr. 1, 1930.

Major-General, U. S. A., Retired, Apr. 1, 1930,
At His Own Request, After More Than 30 Years' Service.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands, Aug. 13, 1898."

Promoted to Commander Legion of Honor in 1921; Companion of St. Michael and St. George, English, 1919; Commander Polish Order — Polonia Restituta, 1921.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Apr. 1, 1930.

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

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 1 Apr 30.

AD Washington DC, WD, OD, special duty, Jan‑Jun 42; WD Representative on the National Defense Research Committee, Jun 42‑


Jul 43; relieved AD Sep 43

Civil History: — South Hamilton Mass

Died, Jun. 13, 1958, at Woodstock, Va.: Aged 88.​a

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a The date and place of death of Gen. Williams are from the page at the Arlington Cemetery site, q.v., and appear to be confirmed by other online sources; additional information may be found on a page at Find-a‑Grave, where the date of his death, however, is given as June 11.

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