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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1894

Vol. IV

(Born Ala.)

James Marks Williams

(Ap'd Ala.)


Born Montgomery, AL.​a

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, 1st Artillery, June 12, 1894)

Served: With battery at Davids Island, N. Y., till Aug. 20, 1896 (joined Nov. 1, 1894). — Instructor in Department of Modern Languages, U. S. M. A., West Point, N. Y., from Aug. 20, 1896 to ––––

(Transferred to 7th Artillery, April 19, 1898)

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 7th Artillery, March 2, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: Instructor in Department of Modern Languages, U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., from Aug. 20, 1896 to Aug., 1900; with Battery D, 7th Artillery (afterward 74th Company, Coast Artillery), at Fort Williams, Maine, from Sept., 1900

(Captain, Artillery Corps, July 1, 1901)

to Nov., 1903; Ordnance Officer, Engineer Officer, Submarine Mine Officer and Signal Officer, Artillery District of Boston, to Feb., 1904; at Fort Warren, and then at Fort Banks, Nov., 1903 to summer of 1904; Ordnance Officer, Artillery District of Boston, to June, 1905; Assistant to Chief of Artillery, War Department, Washington, D. C., Aug., 1905 to Sept., 1906, when relieved at his own request; with 82nd Company, Coast Artillery (afterward 82nd Company, Coast Artillery Corps), at Fort Totten, N. Y., from Jan. 14, 1907 to Aug. 28, 1908; Student Officer in School of Submarine Defense, Fort Totten, N. Y., Aug. 28, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Born April 12, 1873.)

Military History. —

Captain, Artillery Corps, July 1, 1901.

At Fort Totten, N. Y., student officer at School of Submarine Defense, Aug. 28, 1907, to Aug. 15, 1908; at Fort Screven, Ga., Artillery Engineer, Artillery District of Savannah, Aug. 15, 1908, to

(Major, Coast Artillery Corps, Feb. 2, 1911)

Aug. 27, 1911 (District Commander, Nov. 13, 1908, to Oct. 11, 1909: Ordnance Officer, in addition to other duties, from August, 1909); at Fort Hamilton, N. Y., Fire Commander, September, 1911, to April, 1912; at Governor's Island, N. Y., Assistant Coast Defense Officer, Hdqrs. Department of the East, April to July, 1912; at Fort Monroe, Va., Editor of the Journal of the United States Artillery and Librarian, Coast Artillery School, July 14, 1912, to July 15, 1915; en route to Philippines, July 15 to Sep. 2, 1915; at Fort Mills, Corregidor, P. I., Fort Commander, Sept. 2, 1915;

(Lieut.Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1916)

Assistant Fort Commander, Feb. 15, 1917; Commanding Coast Artillery Garrison, May 15, 1917;

(Colonel, Temporary, Coast Artillery, Aug. 5, 1917)

commanding Coast Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays, Sept. 14, 1917, to June 14, 1918; en route to U. S., June 15 to July 17, 1918; at Fort MacArthur, Cal., commanding Coast Defenses of Los Angeles, July 19, 1918, to June 5, 1919; at Montoir-en‑Bretagne, France, commanding Base Section No. 1, S. O. S., A. E. F., July 29 to Oct. 26;

(Colonel, Coast Artillery Corps, Oct. 29, 1919)

at Hdqrs. Middle Atlantic Coast Artillery District, Fort Totten, N. Y., Material Officer, Jan. 8, 1920, to ––––

(Honorably Discharged as Temporary Colonel, Only,
April 19, 1920)

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 29,º 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

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

Military History: —

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 30,º 1920,
At His Own Request, After Over 30 Years' Service.

As a result of automobile-train collision

Died, Aug. 23, 1922, at Durham, N. C.: Aged 49.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1927.

Buried, Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, AL.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Williams' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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