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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1897

Vol. IV

(Born N. Y.)

John C. Oakes

(Ap'd N. Y.)


John Calvin Oakes: Born Oct. 29, 1871, New York, NY.​a1

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 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: As Assistant Engineer at Wilmington, N. C., Sept. 30, 1897

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

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

to Oct. 15, 1898. — During the war with Spain he was engaged in fortification work at Fort Caswell, and torpedo defense of Wilmington, N. C. — At Engineer School, Willets Point, N. Y., from Oct. 15, 1898 to July 5, 1899. — En route to and at Manila, P. I., July 5, 1899 to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: En route to and at Manila, P. I., July 5, 1899 to May 31, 1901; commanding Company B, Battalion of Engineers, Sept. 15, 1899, May 30, 1901; Engineer Officer, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, Oct. 4, 1899, April 7, 1900; Chief Engineer Officer, Department of Southern Luzon, April 7, 1900, May 30, 1901; Instructor, Department of Civil and Military Engineering, U. S. Military Academy, Aug. 20, 1901, June 15, 1903; special duty, War Department, June 15, Aug. 15, 1903.

(Captain, General Staff, Aug. 15, 1903 to Aug. 15, 1906)

— In Military Information Division, War Department, Aug. 15, 1903, Jan. 10, 1904; Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Chief Engineer Officer, Southwestern Military Division, Jan. 10, 1904, Sept. 1, 1905.

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

 p573  — Secretary of the Board of Consulting Engineers for the Panama Canal, Sept. 1, 1905, Feb. 12, 1906; Military Information Division, War Department, Feb. 12, Aug. 15, 1906; Assistant to the District Engineer, River and Harbor Works, Galveston, Texas, Sept. 15, 1906 to June 10, 1907; District Engineer, River and Harbor Works, Galveston, Texas, June, 1907 to –––––.

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

(John Calvin Oakes, Born Oct. 29, 1871.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904.

At Galveston, Texas, District Engineer in charge of River and Harbor Works, June, 1907, to March, 1910; at Cincinnati, Ohio, District Engineer,  p787 in charge of River and Harbor Works, 2nd Cincinnati District, March, 1910 to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, June 13, 1910)

August, 1912; at Louisville, Ky., District Engineer in charge of River and Harbor Works, to July, 1916; at Philadelphia, Pa., District Engineer in charge of River and Harbor Works, to

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

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

Aug. 20, 1917; (in charge of Wilmington District, July, 1916, to Jan. 19, 1917); at Camp Shelby, Miss., commanding 113th Engineers, 38th Division, Aug. 20, 1917, to June 15, 1918; commanding 5th Engineers, and Division Engineer, 7th Division, June 17 to Nov. 22, 1918; arrived in France Aug. 12, 1918; commanded regiment in Puvenelle Sector, before Metz, Oct. 1 to Nov. 22, 1918; Chief Engineer, 6th Corps, 2nd Army, Nov. 23, 1918, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Lieutenant-Colonel, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917.

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

At Saizerais and Villerupt, Chief Engineer, 6th Corps, 2nd Army, Nov. 22, 1918, to Apr. 9, 1919; en route to U. S. to May 5; at Washington, D. C., on temporary duty in office of Chief of Engineers, to May 24; at Norfolk, Va., District Engineer in charge of River and Harbor work, May 24, 1919, to

 p433  Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, Oct. 6, 1919.

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1920.

June 10, 1922; at Governor's Island, New York Harbor, Corps Area Engineer, 2nd Corps, and in charge of 2nd New York Engineer District, (Fortifications), June 23, 1922, to July 15, 1924; on sick leave to Sept. 15; at Charleston, S. C., Division Engineer, Southeastern Division, in charge of River and Harbor work, Sept. 15, 1924, to May 9, 1927; (Member of Board of Engineers for River and Harbor work, Section 3, River and Harbor Act of June 13, 1902, May 21, 1919, to May 9, 1927; District Engineer, Charleston River and Harbor District, Dec. 15, 1925, to May 9, 1927); on leave of absence to Sept. 19, 1927.

Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, Sept. 19, 1927,
For Disability Incident to the Service.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Col., Ret., Sept. 19, 1927.

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

Military History: —

Col Ret 19 Sep 27

Civil History. — Life member of the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses; life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; life member of the Philadelphia Engineering Society; an original member of the Society of Military Engineers; member of the Board of Directors of the Cuban American Sugar Company; member of the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Charleston SC. 2507 Massachusetts Ave, Washington 8 DC

Died Nov. 11, 1950, at Washington, D. C.: Aged 79.​a2

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a1 a2 Col. Oakes 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; as is his place of birth.

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