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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1899

Vol. IV

(Born Ia.)

George S. Simonds

(Ap'd Ia.)


Born Cresco, IA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the U. S. M. A., from June 15, 1895 to Feb. 15, 1899, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Second Lieut. of Infantry, 22d Infantry, Feb. 15, 1899)

Served: En route to and with regiment in the Philippines, March to Aug. 5, 1899; in command of gunboat Ceuta in the Philippines to March 21, 1900; in command of gunboat Florida to ––––

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

Military History. — Served: On U. S. A. Gunboat Florida, to May, 1900; on U. S. A. Gunboat Laguna de Bay, to Jan., 1901.

(First Lieut., 14th Infantry, July 2, 1900)

— Transferred to 11th Infantry, Aug. 7; transferred to 9th Infantry, Aug. 18; transferred to 22d Infantry, May 1, 1901; en route to and in China with 9th Infantry, from Jan. to May 31, 1901; in Manila with 9th Infantry, to Feb., 1902; en route to and with regiment at Fort Robinson, Neb., to May, 1902; at Fort Reno, Okla., Battalion Adjutant, 1st Battalion, 22d Infantry, Dec., 1901 to Sept., 1903; at G. S. and S. College, Fort Leavenworth, Kas., to Aug., 1904; Instructor in Department of Law and History, U. S. Military Academy, Aug. 22, 1904 to June 19, 1905; in Department of Tactics, to Aug. 21, 1908; at Fort W. H. Seward, Alas., to –––––.

(Captain, 22d Infantry, July 13, 1906)

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

(George Sherwin Simonds, Born March 12, 1874.)

Military History. —

Captain, 22d Infantry, July 13, 1906.

At Fort William H. Seward, Alaska, Regimental Commissary and Regimental Adjutant, to July, 1910; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Regimental and Post Adjutant, August, 1910, to February, 1912; at El Paso, Texas, Regimental Adjutant and Adjutant General, Patrol District of El Paso, to December, 1912; Commanding Company to December, 1914; at Naco, Arizona, commanding company, to February, 1915; at U. S. Military Academy commanding 1st Battalion, U. S. Corps of Cadets to May, 1917;

(Major, 23d Infantry, May 15, 1917)

at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., Instructor, Officers' Training Camp, to May 25, 1917; en route to and from, and observer on Western Front in Europe, to July 31, 1917; at Plattsburg Bks., N. Y., Instructor at Officers' Training Camp to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 14, 1917; at Boston, Mass., Adjutant 26th Division, to Aug. 24, 1917; en route to France to Sept. 15, 1917; Adjutant, 26th Division, to Nov. 22, 1917; at General Hdqrs., A. E. F., on General Staff, 2d Army Corps, to

(Colonel of Infantry, National Army, June 6, 1918)

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

 p872  Feb. 1, 1919; Chief of Staff, American Embarkation Center, to June 1, 1919; commanding American Embarkation Center to July 9, 1919; returned to U. S., arriving Aug. 9, 1919; at Washington, D. C., at General Staff College, to ––––

(Returned to Grade of Major, Aug. 22, 1919)

(While with A. E. F., participated in following major operations: Somme Defensive on British front, March and April, 1918; Lys Defensive on British front, April, 1918; The Ypres-Lys Offensive, September, 1918; Somme Offensive, September to November, 1918);

Awarded Order of the Companion of the Bath (English); Order of the Crown (Italian); Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. He served with marked distinction as chief of staff of the 2d Corps during the important operations along the Hindenburg line in the region of the Sambre Canal. His great administrative ability was shown in the excellent manner in which he handled a large force of American soldiers serving with the British."

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

Military History. —

Distinguished Service Medal

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

At Washington, D. C., at General Staff College, to ––––

Returned to Grade of Major, Aug. 22, 1919.

Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry, July 1, 1920.

Colonel of Infantry, July 23, 1921.

June 30, 1924; at Camp Meade, Md., commanding Tank School, to

Brigadier-General, U. S. A., Nov. 20, 1924.

Jan. 8, 1925; at Camp Gaillard, Canal Zone, commanding the 20th Brigade, Panama Canal Division, to May 14, 1925; at Gatun, Canal Zone, commanding (temporarily) the 19th Brigade, Panama Canal Division, to Oct. 5, 1925; at Camp Gaillard, commanding the 20th Brigade, Panama Canal Division, to Mar. 7, 1926; at Gatun, commanding the 19th Brigade, Panama Canal Division, to Sept. 21, 1927; at Washington, D. C., Assistant Chief of Staff, War Plans Division, War Department General Staff, to ––––

Awarded Order of the Companion of the Bath (English); Order of the Crown (Italian); Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Brig.‑Gen., Nov. 20, 1924.)

At Washington, D. C., Asst. C. of S., War Plans Div., W. D. G. S., to Sept. 1, 1931; at Geneva, Switzerland, temp. duty with State Dept. as Mil. Advisor to the Gen. Disarmament Conference, 1931 to 1932; at Washington, D. C., Comdt., A. W. C., 1932 to 1935; Deputy C. of S., Feb., 1935 to June, 1936; at San Francisco, Calif., comdg. 9th C. A., to Mar., 1938.

(Brig.‑Gen., Ret., Mar. 31, 1938.
By operation of law.)

Died, Nov. 1, 1938, at San Francisco, Calif.: Aged 64.

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

See Annual Association of Graduates, U. S. M. A., 1939, for an obituary notice, with a portrait.º

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Simonds' birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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