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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1903

Vol. V

(Born Kan.)

Thomas F. Van Natta

(Ap'd Mo.)


(Thomas Fraley Van Natta, Jr.)

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 10, 1899 to June 11, 1903, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry)

Served: At Fort Sill, Okla., Sept., 1903 to July 15, 1904; S. D., with Jefferson Guard, Louisiana Purchase Exposition, to Sept. 15, 1904; with troop, to June 17, 1905, at Fort Sill, O. T.; in the Philippine Islands, from July 26, 1905 to April 15, 1907; at Fort Robinson, Neb., May 20, 1907 to –––––; on leave, June 4, 1907 to July 28, 1907.

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

(Thomas Fraley Van Natta, Jr., Born Nov. 25, 1880.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry, June 11, 1903.

With Troop, July 28, 1907, to Sept. 15, 1909; on leave of absence to Nov. 15, 1909; with Troop to Sept. 25, 1910; at Ft. Riley, Kans., at Mounted Service School, to

(First Lieut., 8th Cavalry, March 11, 1911)

July 1, 1911; on leave of absence to Aug. 1, 1911; en route to Philippines to Sept. 2, 1911; at Batangas, P. I., with Troop, to March 12, 1912,  p1031 when he was appointed Squadron Adjutant; at Jolo, P. I., May 2, 1912, to June, 1913; (in operations against hostile Moros, December, 1912, to June, 1913); at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., June, 1913, to June 15, 1914; on leave of absence, June 20 to

(Transferred to 6th Cavalry, July 1, 1914)

July 20, 1914; en route to U. S., to Aug. 15, 1914; on leave of absence to Oct. 15, 1914; at Texas City, Texas, with Troop, to Sept. 7, 1915; in Field in Brownsville District to April 25, 1916; with Punitive Expedition into Chihuahua, Mexico, April 28 to May 25, 1916; in Big Bend District, May 25 to

(Captain, 16th Cavalry, July 1, 1916)

July 15; at San Antonio, Texas, with regiment, to Feb. 17, 1917; at Brownsville, Texas, to May 8, 1917; at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs, Texas, to

(Major, Temporary, of Cavalry, Aug. 5, 1917)

Sept. 25, 1917; at Havana, Cuba, Military Attaché, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, of Cavalry, July 30, 1918)

Nov. 30, 1918; appointed Military Attaché to Spain, Dec. 1, 1918; en route to Spain, on leave of absence, undergoing instruction, etc., Dec., 1918, to Feb. 12, 1919, when he reported at Madrid;


Distinguished Service Medal

"For especially meritorious and distinguished service while serving as military attaché at Havana, Cuba."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal

Lieutenant-Colonel, Temporary, of Cavalry, July 30, 1918.

At Madrid, Spain, Military Attaché, Feb. 12, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, June 30, 1920.

Major of Cavalry, July 1, 1920.

Sept. 21, 1921; at Washington, D. C., on duty in G‑2 and with Disarmament Conference to Jan. 20, 1922; at Fort Riley, Kans., Field Officers' Course, Machine Gun Course; Reserve instruction, Fort Des Moines, Iowa, to July 31, 1922; on leave of absence to Sept. 1, 1922; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, Command and General Staff School, to June, 1923, when he was graduated; Instructor, Command and General Staff School, 1923 to 1927; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, 1927 to

Lieutenant-Colonel of Cavalry, Feb. 15, 1927.

1928, when he was graduated; leave of absence June to Oct., 1928; at Fort Riley, Kans., with 2nd Cavalry, Sep. 30, 1928, to June 30, 1930; at Fort Sheridan, Ill., with 14th Cavalry to ––––

Awarded Silver Star and cited "for gallantry in action against hostile Moros at Sahipa's Cotta, Island of Jolo, Philippine Islands, Jan. 23, 1913."

Awarded Ordre de L'Etoile Noire, Commander (French), Oct. 24, 1919; Medalla de la Paz de Marruecas (Spanish), June, 1928.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Lt.‑Col., Cav., Feb. 15, 1927.)

At Ft. Sheridan, Ill., 14th Cav., to Jan., 1932; at Decatur, Ill., Ill. Res. Dist., to June, 1932; at Washington, D. C., A. W. C., to Oct., 1932; on sick leave;

(Lt.‑Col. Ret., Oct. 31, 1932.
Disability in Line of Duty.)

Died Apr. 30, 1940, at St. Joseph, Mo.: Aged 59.

Buried, Fort Riley Post Cemetery, Fort Riley, KS.

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