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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1897

Vol. IV

(Born Wis.)

William D. Connor

(Ap'd Ia.)


Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 21, 1893 to June 11, 1897, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Add. Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1897)

Served: At Portland, Ore., until April 11, 1898. — Willets Point, N. Y., until May 24, 1898. — In Camp Merritt, San Francisco, Cal., until June 14, 1898.

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, July 5, 1898)

— At Cavite Arsenal and Camp Dewey, P. I., until Aug. 13, 1898. — Manila, P. I., from Aug. 13, 1898 to –––––; Served in the Spanish war, in the Philippine campaign, and during the Filipino insurrection, in various movements against insurgents. — In charge of public water supply of Manila, Aug. 24, 1898. — City Engineer of Manila, P. I., June 10, 1899.

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

Military History. — Served: En route to U. S., July 15, 1900 to Aug. 30, 1900; Student Officer in U. S. Engineer School, Willet's Point, N. Y., to Jun. 1901; Battalion and Post Quartermaster and Commissary with 3d Battalion of Engineers at Willet's Point, N. Y., to Sept., 1901, and same duty at Washington Barracks, D. S.,º to Sept., 1902; Assistant to Colonel Charles F. Powell, Corps of Engineers, at New London, Conn., on the fortifications at the eastern entrance to Long Island Sound, to Aug. 28, 1903; Instructor in Civil and Military Engineering, U. S. Military Academy, to Aug. 28, 1904.

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904)

— Student Officer at the Staff College, graduating June 30, 1905; in charge of 1st and 2nd Districts of Mississippi River Improvement at Memphis, Tenn., to –––––; temporary charge of U. S. Engineer Office at Little Rock, Ark., July 24, 1906 to –––––; at Army War College, Nov. 1, 1908, Nov. 1, 1909; commanding Company B, 1st Battalion of Engineers, Nov. 1, 1909, Feb. 9, 1910.

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 9, 1910)

— Commanding 1st Battalion of Engineers, Director of Civil Engineering at the U. S. Engineer School, Feb. 9, 1910 to –––––.

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

(William Durward Connor, Born Feb. 22, 1874.)

Military History. —

Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 9, 1910.

At Washington Bks., D. C., commanding 1st Battalion of Engineers and Director of Civil Engineering, U. S. Engineer School, Feb. 9, 1910, to Sept. 24, 1912, when he was detailed to General Staff Corps; Assistant Director, Army War College, and member of Board of Engineer Troops to July 5, 1916; Assistant Chief of Staff, Southern Department, July 8 to Oct. 25, 1916; en route to Philippines to Dec. 5, 1916; Department Engineer, Philippine Islands, to March 5, 1917; Commanding Provisional Battalion, 3rd Engineers, Dec. 5, 1916, to May 15, 1917;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917)

en route to U. S. to June 8, 1917; at Washington, D. C., on temporary duty in office of Chief of Engineers, June 22 to July 12, 1917; en route to France to July 28, 1917; member of Operations Section, General Staff, A. E. F., to

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

Aug. 15, 1917; Chief of Coördination Section, General Staff, A. E. F., (name later changed to Fourth Section, General Staff, G‑4), Aug. 16, 1917, to April 30, 1918; Acting General Staff Officer, A. E. F., Nov. 10, 1917, to

(Brigadier-General, National Army, June 26, 1918)

July 21, 1918; Chief of Staff, 32nd Division, May 1 to July 21, 1918; commanding 63rd Brigade, 32nd Division, including Château Thierry operations to the Vesle River, July 22 to Aug. 5; commanding Base Section No. 2, S. O. S., with Hdqrs., at Bordeaux, Aug. 8 to Nov. 11; Chief of Staff, S. O. S., Nov. 12, 1918, to May 12, 1919; Commanding General, S. O. S., Army of Occupation, May 15, 1919, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As assistant chief of staff and head of the co‑ordination section of the General Staff, American Expeditionary Forces, he showed unusual ability and tireless energy. As chief of staff of the Thirty-second Division in the trench operations in the Belfort sector and later as commander of the 63d Infantry Brigade in the advance to the Vesle he displayed particular ability as a leader of troops. He also performed valuable services as commander of a base port and as chief of staff of the services of supply."

Made Commander of the Legion of Honor, French, April 10, 1919; Companion of the Order of the Bath, British, April 29, 1919.

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier-General, National Army, June 26, 1918.

At Tours, France, Commanding General, Services of Supply, American Expeditionary Forces, May 26, 1919, to Aug. 31, 1919; at Paris, France, Commanding General, American Forces in France, Sept. 1, 1919, to Jan. 11, 1920; at Camp A. A. Humphreys, Va., Commandant, The Engineer School, Apr. 1, 1920, to

Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, June 30, 1920.

Colonel of Engineers, July 1, 1920.

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., July 3, 1920.

Aug. 15, 1920, at Washington, D. C., Chief of the Inland and Coastal Waterways Service and Chief of the Transportation Service, Quartermaster Corps of the Army, Aug. 16, 1920, to

Returned to Grade of Colonel, Mar. 4, 1921.

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

Aug. 31, 1921; Chairman, Special Panama Canal Commission, summer of 1921; Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑4, War Department, Sept. 1, 1921, to Nov. 10, 1922; at Camp Benning, Ga., Refresher Course, Nov. 11, 1922, to Dec. 24, 1922; en route to China, Dec. 25, 1922, to Apr. 12, 1923; at Tientsin, China, Commanding General, U. S. Army Forces in China, Apr. 13, 1923, to

Major-General, U. S. A., Sept. 1, 1925.

May 14, 1926; at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., Commanding General, 2nd Division, June 13, 1926, to Dec. 18, 1927; at Washington, D. C., Commandant, The Army War College, Dec. 20, 1927, to ––––

Awarded two Silver Stars and cited "for gallantry in action against insurgent forces at the Tuliahan River, Luzon, P. I., Mar. 25, 1899," and "for distinguished and exceptional gallantry at Vesle River, France, Aug. 3, 1918."

Decorations: Commander of the Legion of Honor, French, Apr. 10, 1919; Companion of the Order of Bath, British, Apr. 29, 1919; Croix de Guerre with Palm; Etoile Noire (commander); Order of Solidaridad (Second Class).

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Maj.‑Gen., Sept. 1, 1925.)

At Washington, D. C., Comdt., A. W. C., Dec. 20, 1927, to Apr. 30, 1932; at West Point, N. Y., Superintendent and Comdt., U. S. M. A., May 1, 1932 to Jan. 17, 1938.

(Maj.‑Gen., Ret., Feb. 28, 1938. By operation of law.)

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

Military History: —

Maj Gen Ret 28 Feb 38.

AD Chrm of the Construction Advisory Committee for the War Dept, 7 May 41–21 Mar 42

Civil History. — 2412 Tracy Place NW, Washington 8 DC

Died June 16, 1960, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 86.​a

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Connor died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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