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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1903

Vol. V

(Born Ind.)

Francis M. Hinkle

(Ap'd Ind.)


Born Boyleston, IN.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 12, 1899 to June 11, 1903, when he was graduated and promoted in the army to

(Second Lieut., Artillery Corps)

Volunteer service: Private, 157th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, May 10, 1898 to Nov. 1, 1898.

Served: At Fort Hamilton, N. Y., Sept. 11, 1903 to June 21, 1907;​b at Fort Warren, Mass., June 22, 1907, to –––––.

(First Lieut., Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907)

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

(Francis Maurice Hinkle, Born Feb. 14, 1879.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., Artillery Corps, Jan. 25, 1907.

At Fort Warren, Mass., June 22, 1907, to August, 1909; at Fort Monroe, Va., student officer, Coast Artillery School, August, 1909, to July, 1910, when he was graduated; at Fort Rosecrans, Cal., Coast Defense Staff and commanding company, September, 1910, to

(Captain, Coast Artillery Corps, Dec. 6, 1911)

January, 1912; with Coast Artillery, National Guard of Oregon, January and February, 1912; at Fort Columbia, Wash., commanding post and company, March to December, 1912; at Honolulu, Hawaii, on Coast Defense Staff, Jan. 14, 1913, to February, 1915; at Fort Armstrong, Hawaii, commanding post and company to April, 1916; at Fort Winfield Scott, Cal., commanding company, to October, 1916; (at Reserve Officers' Training Camp at Monterey, Cal., and at Fort Douglas, Utah, July-September, 1916); at Fort Baker, Cal., commanding post, November, 1916, to

(Major of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

September, 1917; Adjutant, 30th Infantry Division, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, National Army, June 13, 1918)

August, 1918; sick in Hospital, Aug. 22 to Sept. 30, 1918; at Heavy Artillery School, A. E. F., Oct. 2 to Nov. 6, 1918; with Railroad Artillery, November and December, 1918; (total service in France, seven months and twenty days: participated in Ypres and Argonne Campaigns); at Fort Caswell, N. C., January to

(Quartermaster Corps, by Detail, June 19, 1919)

July, 1919; at Camp Eustis, Va., Camp Supply Officer, Aug. 1, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History. —

Captain, Coast Artillery Corps, Dec. 6, 1911.

Major of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917.

Lieutenant-Colonel, National Army, June 13, 1918.

Quartermaster Corps, by Detail, June 19, 1919.

At Camp Eustis, Va., Camp Supply Officer, Aug. 1, 1919, to Mar. 17, 1920; at Camp Kearny, Calif., Camp Quartermaster, Apr. 7, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, May 30, 1920.

(Relieved From Detail in Quartermaster Corps, June 30, 1920.)

Major, Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1920.

Dec. 5, 1920; Quartermaster, Southern California Border District, Nov. 1 to Dec. 5, 1920; at San Diego Barracks, Calif., Dec. 6, 1920, to Apr. 1, 1921; at Camp Lewis, Wash., with 57th Artillery, Apr. to June, 1921; sick in hospital to Oct., 1921.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Oct. 10, 1921,
For Disability Contracted in Line of Duty.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Living in San Diego since retirement. Grows avocados for pleasure and profit.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj., Ret., Oct. 10, 1921.

Lt.‑Col., Ret., June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — Living in San Diego since retirement.

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

Military History: —

Maj Ret 10 Oct 21.

Lt Col Ret 21 Jun 30

Civil History: — Vice Pres Jared Holt Co, Albany NY, 39‑50. 3665 Elliott St San Diego Calif

Died, Feb. 27, 1960, at San Diego, CA: Aged 81.​c

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Thayer's Notes:

a Col. Hinkle's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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b Army posts at the time enjoyed an active social life, and at Fort Hamilton, as no doubt elsewhere, parties came complete with "easy chairs in a cosy nook for those officers who preferred a 'good cigar' to a woman." A series of four dinner parties, two attended by Lt. Hinkle, and two return engagements hosted by him, is reported in Army and Navy Life, Vol. X, No. 5, May, 1907, p571.

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c Col. Hinkle 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 WPAOG memorial article.

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