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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1894

[image ALT: A head-and-torso photograph of a man of about 35 in a very plain U. S. Army uniform, with a stylized oak leaf on his epaulets. He has flat wavy hair parted in the middle and looks straight at the camera with a gentle and engaging expression. He is Dwight Edward Aultman, the subject of this webpage.]

Vol. IV

(Born Pa.)

Dwight E. Aultman​a

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Alleghany, PA.​b

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 Cavalry, 4th Cavalry, June 12, 1894)

(Transferred to 2d Artillery, Sept. 13, 1894)

Served: Garrison duty at Fort Schuyler, N. Y., Sept. 30 to Oct. 21, 1894; at Ft. Warren, Mass., to Sept. 10, 1895; at Fort Adams, R. I., to Sept. 28, 1896; with light battery at Fort Riley, Kan., to Nov. 2, 1896; at Fort Adams, R. I., to April 19, 1898; at Camp Thomas, Ga., and at Tampa, Fla., to June 14, 1898; in the campaign against Santiago and in Cuba, to Aug., 1898, being engaged in the battle of San Juan Hill, July 1‑3, and in the siege of Santiago to July 17, 1898; with battery at Camp Wikoff, N. Y., Aug. to Sept., 1898; and at Huntsville, Ala., to Dec. 21, 1898; Aide-de‑camp to General Wheaton, in Cuba, Dec. 21, 1898 to Jan. 2, 1899;

(First Lieut. of Artillery, 2d Artillery, March 2, 1899)

Aide-de‑camp to General Keifer, in Cuba, Jan. 12 to March 31, 1899; on mustering duty in Havana to May, 1899; with regiment at Havana, Cuba (on leave, July 29 to Oct. 2, 1899), to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: With regiment at Havana, Cuba (on leave, July 29 to Oct. 2, 1899), to disbanding of regiment, by Act of Feb. 2, 1901; thereafter with coast artillery troops (24th Company), at Havana, until Aug. 1, 1901.

(Captain, Artillery Corps, July 1, 1901)

— With Cuban Artillery, Aug. 1, 1901; organized and commanded same until May 20, 1902; remained with same as Instructor after American evacuation of Cuba, May 20, 1902 to Dec. 22, 1902; relieved and ordered to Fort Preble, Me., with 75th Company, Coast Artillery; at said station, until June 30, 1903; returned to Cuba, as Instructor of the Cuban Artillery, July, 1903, and remained until Jan., 1906; relieved and joined 67th Company, Coast Artillery, at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal.; assigned to and joined 1st Battery, Field Artillery, at same station, May 30, 1906; served therewith, until Oct. 28, 1906; ordered to Havana, Cuba, on staff of commanding general, Army of Cuban Pacification; served thereon (M. I. D.) to March 4, 1907; relieved and rejoined battery at Presidio of San Francisco, Cal.; assigned to Field Artillery, May 4, 1907, and to the 5th Field Artillery, June 6, 1907; joined Battery C, 5th Field Artillery, Fort Leavenworth, Kas., July 15, 1907; Instructor, Department of Languages, Service Schools, Aug. 28, 1907 to ––––

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

(Dwight Edward Aultman, Born Feb. 2, 1872.)

Military History. —

Captain, Artillery Corps, July 1, 1901,

Assigned to 5th Field Artillery, June 6, 1907.

At Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Instructor in Department of Languages, Service Schools, Aug. 28, 1907, to

(Transferred to 2d Field Artillery, Nov. 28, 1910)

(Major, 1st Field Artillery, May 3, 1911)

Aug. 28, 1911; in Philippines with 1st Battalion, 1st Field Artillery, December, 1911, to August, 1912; in Hawaii to September, 1913; at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, at School of Fire for Field Artillery, November, 1913;

(Transferred to 6th Field Artillery, Dec. 1, 1913)

at Fort Riley, Kans., and at El Paso, Texas, with 6th Field Artillery, December, 1913, to October, 1914; at Fort Riley, student officer at Mounted Service School, October-November, 1914; observer in Germany, December, 1914, to April, 1915; at Washington, D. C., student officer and Instructor at Army War College, August, 1915, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Field Artillery, July 1, 1916)

(Colonel, Field Artillery, May 15, 1917)

May, 1917; on mission in Europe, accompanying Hon. A. J. Balfour on return to England, June and July, 1917;

(Assigned to 19th Field Artillery, July, 1917)

at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, commanding regiment, September, 1917;

(Transferred to 5th Field Artillery, Sept. 19, 1917)

joined regiment at Camp Du Valdahon, France, October, 1917; commanded regiment on front near Lunéville, October-November, 1917; in Toul Sector, January-April, 1918, and in Picardy, opposite Montdidier, April, 1918;

(Brigadier-General, National Army, April 12, 1918)

 p689  assigned to 51st Field Artillery Brigade; joined and commanded same in Toul Sector, May 8 to June 28, and west of Château-Thierry, July 6 to Aug. 4, 1918, participating in Marne-Vesle Offensive, July 18-Aug. 4;


Croix de Guerre, with Palm

for supporting Infantry of 26th and 42nd Divisions during the offensive; commanded 166th Field Artillery Brigade, (not on front), Aug. 8 to Sept. 12, 1918; present during St. Mihiel Offensive; commanded Aisne Grouping, 1st Army Artillery, in first stages of Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Sept. 17 to Oct. 17, 1918; Chief of Artillery, 5th Army Corps, Oct. 17 to Nov. 30, 1918; participating in final operations of Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Oct. 17 to Armistice, Nov. 11, 1918; Chief of Artillery, 2d Army, Dec. 1, 1918, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguishes services. As chief of Artillery of the 5th Corps in the operations against the enemy in November, 1918, by his exceptional skill as an artillerist he was largely responsible for the rupture of the enemy's position and the breaking of his resistance."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Brigadier-General, National Army, Apr. 12, 1918.

After the armistice served as Chief of Artillery, 2nd Army, until summer of 1919,

Returned to Grade of Colonel, June 30, 1919.

en route to United States; at Washington, D. C., student officer, General Staff College, to 1920, when he was graduated;

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

Recess Appointment Expired, Mar. 4, 1921.

at Washington, D. C., General Staff, Apr., 1921, to

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Apr. 27, 1921.

Oct., 1921; at Camp Knox, Ky., Commanding General, Oct., 1921, to Sept., 1922; at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Ind., Commanding General of the 10th Infantry Brigade, Sept., 1922 to June, 1927; at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., commanding 4th Brigade, 2nd Division, June, 1927, to Apr., 1928; at Fort Sill, Okla., Commandant of the Field Artillery School, Apr., 1928, to Dec. 12, 1929.

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action at the battle of Santiago, 1898."

Awarded Croix de Guerre with 3 Palms; Commander, Legion of Honor, French.

Died, Dec. 12, 1929, at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D. C.: Aged 57.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1930.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a The photograph, taken between 1911 and 1917 to judge from the oak leaf insignia on his epaulet, comes to me courtesy of Robyn Kern, a great-granddaughter of Gen. Aultman, to whom I am also indebted for the correction of an error of mine on a previous version of this page.

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b Gen. Aultman's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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