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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1897

Vol. IV

(Born Ct.)

Sherwood A. Cheney

(Ap'd Ct.)


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: Under the immediate orders of Major Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.C. W. Raymond, Corps of Engineers, from Oct. 1, 1897 to April 10, 1898, at Philadelphia, Pa. — On duty with the Battalion of Engineers at Willets Point, N. Y., from April 10, 1898 to –––––;

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

Served with Company C, Battalion of Engineers, in Cuba, during the Spanish-American war, being in the field from May 14 to Sept. 1, 1898.

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Jan. 26, 1899)

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

Military History. — Served: With Battalion of Engineers and at the Engineer School at Willet's Point, N. Y., Sept. 1, 1898 to Sept. 22, 1899; sailed for Philippines, Oct. 4, 1899; with Company A, Battalion of Engineers, Nov. 3, 1899, during General Wheaton's operations about San Fabian, Pangasinan; Assistant to Engineer Officer, 8th Army Corps, Dec. 23, 1899; with Company B, Battalion of Engineers, during operations in Cavite Province, Jan., 1900; Engineer Officer, 1st Division, 8th Army Corps, during expedition to Nueva Caceres, Camarines, Feb. and March, 1900; with Company B, Battalion of Engineers, Sept. 3, 1900 to May 16, 1901, when appointed Battalion Quartermaster and Commissary; Chief Engineer Officer, Department of Southern Luzon, May 23, 1901, to July 24, 1901; returned to U. S. with Battalion of Engineers, Dec. 23, 1901, continuing as Quartermaster and Commissary, at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. and Fort Leavenworth, Kas., to Nov. 17, 1903, when appointed Aide-de‑camp to Major-General J. C. Bates; on such duty at Chicago, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., to June 10, 1905.

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

— Chief Engineer Officer and I. S. A. P., Northern Division, June 10, 1905 to Oct. 25, 1906; detailed at Army War College, Nov. 1, 1906; on General Staff, March 15, 1907 to –––––.

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

(Sherwood Alfred Cheney, Born Aug. 24, 1873.)

Military History. —

Captain, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904.

At Washington, D. C., on General Staff, March 15, 1907, to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1911)

March 15, 1911; in charge of 3rd San Francisco River and Harbor District and Secretary California Debris Commission, April, 1911, to August, 1914; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Director Army Field Engineering School, to July, 1916; on Mexican border service at Brownsville, Texas, Nogales, Arizona, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as Assistant to and as Chief Engineer, Southern Department, July, 1916, to May, 1917;

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

on War Department mission to England and France, June to July, 1917;

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

at Camp Doniphan, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in command of 110th Engineers and Division Engineer, 35th Division, August, 1917, to April, 1918; in France, on same duty, May 10 to July 10, 1918; at General Hdqrs., Assistant to Chief Engineer, A. E. F., July 10 to

(Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918)

Nov. 17, 1918; Deputy Chief Engineer, A. E. F., Dec. 26, 1918, to Jan. 1, 1919; Director Army Transport Service, Jan. 2, 1919, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As assistant chief engineer, General Headquarters, he rendered valuable services in the organization of the Engineer Corps and its coordination with the associated services. Later, as director of the Army Transport Service, he performed eminently valuable services, achieving remarkable results in a task of great magnitude involving the expeditious return of many thousands of soldiers from the ports of France to the United States."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Oct. 1, 1918.

Deputy Chief Engineer, American Expeditionary Forces, Dec. 26, 1918, to

Returned to Grade of Lieutenant-Colonel, Nov. 1, 1919.

Jan. 1, 1919; Director, Army Transport Service, Jan. 2, 1919, to Aug., 1919; Director General of Transportation, American Forces in France, Aug., 1919, to Dec., 1919; Member Allied Military Mission to Baltic States, Dec., 1919, to Mar., 1920; en route to U. S., Mar., 1920; at Governor's Island, N. Y., Department Engineer, Department of the East, Apr., 1920, to

Colonel, Corps of Engineers, July 1, 1920.

Sept., 1920; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Sept., 1920, to June, 1921, when he was graduated; Military Attaché, to China and Siam, June, 1921, to June, 1924; at Fort Humphreys, Va., commanding Engineer School, Sept., 1924, to Mar., 1925; at Washington, D. C., Military Aide to President, Mar., 1925, to May, 1927; at Boston, Mass., District Engineer, May, 1927, to ––––

Decorations: Commander, Legion of Honor; Croix de Guerre.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Col., C. E., July 1, 1920.)

At Boston, Mass., Dist. Engr., May, 1927, to

(Brig.‑Gen., Apr. 1, 1932)

Aug., 1932; at Ft. Logan, Colo., comdg. Post and 2d Engrs., Aug., 1932, to June, 1933; at Presidio of San Francisco, Calif., Comdg. 9th C. A. Dist., June, 1933, to June, 1936; at Boston, Mass., comdg. 1st C. A. Dist., July, 1936 to Aug., 1937.

(Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Aug. 31, 1937, By operation of law.)

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

Military History: —

Brig Gen Ret 31 Aug 37

Civil History. — One of the founders of a marine museum and a replica of an old‑time New England port at Mystic Conn.

Died Manchester Conn, 13 Mar 49: Aged 75.

Buried, East Cemetery, Manchester, CT.

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