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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1904

Vol. V

(Born N. Y.)

Roger Derby Black​1

(Ap'd at Large)


Born West Point, NY.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Aug. 1, 1900 to June 15, 1904, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers)

Served: With Company B, 1st Battalion of Engineers, at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Sept. 15, 1904 to June, 1905, and at Fort William McKinley, Rizal, P. I., to Aug., 1906; on special duty, in charge of construction of target range, Sept., 1905 to Jan., 1906, and in June and July, 1906; Assistant to Range Officer, Philippines competition, Malabang, Mindanao, P. I., 1906; at Washington Barracks, D. C., as Student Officer, Engineer School, Oct. 1, 1906 to June, 1907; on leave, July to Oct., 1907.

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sept. 17, 1906)

— At Fort Leavenworth, Kas., Oct. 1907 to –––––; with Company M, 3d Battalion of Engineers, to Sept., 1908, and in command till appointed Range Officer, Feb. 3, 1909; on D. S., Dec. 13, 1907 to Jan. 28, 1908, making survey and report on military reservation and target range at Arcadia, Mo.; on S. D., in command of Provisional Battalion and camp of recruits, 3d Battalion of Engineers, May and June, 1908; on D. S. at post during absence of company, at maneuvers, Aug. and Sept., 1908; during this period, in charge of detachment of Engineers,  p718 Officer in charge of Casuals, commanding Provisional Company of recruits, 13th Infantry, Engineer Officer, Range Officer, Police Officer and Officer in charge of prisoners; since Dec., 1908, on S. D., in charge of reconstruction and repair of target range.

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

(Born Jan. 18, 1883.)

Military History. —

First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Sept. 17, 1906.

At Fort Leavenworth, Kans., October, 1907, to June, 1909; (post Range Officer, December, 1908, to June, 1909); in Department of California with detachment on land defense projects, June, 1909, to September, 1910; (Assistant on survey of Presidio of San Francisco, on surveys in vicinity of Fort Barry and on survey of maneuver ground at Atascadero; in charge of survey of Fort Miley and of vicinity of Vallejo; assistant on defense plans with duty of originating plans for camp sites, water supply and sewerage; Supply Officer of detachment in field and of Maneuver Camp until arrival of regular Camp Headquarters); at Albany, N. Y., assistant in charge of Northern Section, New York District No. 1, and on several occasions acting District Engineer, with temporary station in New York City, October, 1910, to

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1912)

September, 1914; (in charge of improvement of upper Hudson River and Harbors on Lake Champlain, including construction of lock and dam at Troy, N. Y., dredging, rock excavation, raising and repair of dikes, etc.); in Philippines, October, 1914, to October, 1916; (commanded company to August, 1916; then Adjutant, 3rd Regiment of Engineers; Topographical Inspector, Bataan District, Military Survey of Luzon, 1914‑1915; in charge of Military Survey of vicinity of Manila, 1915‑1916); at Washington, D. C., Member of Board on Engineer Troops, engaged chiefly on preparation of Engineer Training Manual, January to May, 1917; with 13th Engineers, (Railway), May 9 to

(Major, Corps of Engineers, May 15, 1917)

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 5, 1917)

Sept. 1, 1917; (Regimental Adjutant, engaged in organizing and training regiment at Chicago, Ill.; sailed for France July, 1917; regiment turned over to French Army under General Gouraud, Aug. 23, to operate railways supplying Verdun and line to west); Assistant to Chief Engineer, A. E. F., in charge of office administration and personnel section, Sept. 1, 1917, to January, 1918; (visited 2nd British Army near Ypres in December and prepared original draft of bulletin on Functions and Staff Relations of Engineer Service, A. E. F.); assigned to 116th Engineers, 41st Division, January, 1919, and made reconnoissance resulting in establishment of Engineer Replacement Center at Angers;

(Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Feb. 1, 1918)

at Angers, commanding 116th Engineers and post, Feb. 1, to May 10, 1918; en route to U. S. from May 11; at Washington, D. C., with War Plans Division, General Staff, May 23, 1918, to July 10, 1919; (Member General Staff June 11, 1918; in Training and Instruction Branch, engaged chiefly on studies in Staff Organization and Staff Duty, preparation of course of instruction for Staff Officers of new divisions and combined training in divisions, and conduct of such instruction at Army War College; prepared General Staff Study on Staff Organization and  p1077 Principles, War Department Document No. 858; prepared plan for reorganization of War Department and Staffs of the Army, submitted to Chief of Staff by War Plans Division, January, 1919; studies for general project for revision of Harbor and Coast Defence projects and plans.

Resigned, July 10, 1919.

Civil History. — With Hugh L. Cooper and Company, Consulting Engineers.

Address: 101 Park Avenue, New York.

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

Military History: —

Major, of Engineers, May 15, 1917.

Colonel of Engineers, National Army, Feb. 1, 1918.

Resigned, July 10, 1919.

Lieutenant-Colonel of Engineers, Reserve, Mar. 12, 1921.

Aug., 1921, assigned to 342nd Engineers, and since May 29, 1922 in command of

Colonel of Engineers, Reserve, May 29, 1922.

Reappointed May 24, 1927.

that regiment with Headquarters in New York City; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, completed G‑1 Course, Oct., 1928.

Civil History: — With Hugh L. Cooper and Company, Consulting Engineers, New York City, on studies for improvement of St. Lawrence River, Aug., 1919,  p616 to Jun. 3, 1920; President, Roger Black Co., Inc., Engineering and Construction, engaged in general contracting and speculative building projects, 1920 to 1924; on various engineering, building and real estate projects, including Long Island Realty Investors' Corporation in which still a director, 1923 to 1926; Partner, Leaycraft and Black, Asstd., on promotion Colprovia Process, bituminous pavements, 1927 to 1928; Vice President and Director, Colprovia Roads, Inc., Feb., 1929, to ––––

Address: 52 Broadway, New York City.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj. C. E., May 15, 1917.

Col. of Engrs., Nat. Army, Feb. 1, 1918.

Resigned, July 10, 1919.

Col. C. E., Res., May 29, 1922.

Reappointed May 24, 1927.

On leaving New York in 1934 for Washington, gave up his command of the 342nd Engrs., and was assigned Director of Tng. with the 1320th Service Unit, Engr. Res., June 22, 1935. Active duty camp that summer. On return to New York was reassigned to 342nd Engrs. on April 10, 1936.

Civil History: — Vice Pres. and Director, Colprovia Roads, Inc., Feb., 1929 to 1930; Associated with Ernest P. Goodrich, consulting engr. of N. Y., collaborating mainly in studies of water transportation and port development, 1930 to 1931; As consulting Engr., made special study of Mississippi River revetments for Merrit, Chapman and Scott Corp., 1931 to 1932; Engaged by Engring. Dept., at Large of the W. D. to make a special study on the merits of a high level ship canal for the N. Y.‑N. J. section of the Intra-coastal Waterway, 1932 to 1933; Engaged by City of N. Y. for the organization and operation of the Station Dept. of its new Independent Subway, 1933 to 1934; Organized and was later Chief of the Management Br. of the Housing Div. of the Public Works Administration in Washington, 1934 to 1935; Project Engr. of the Public Works Administration for the Ward's Island Sewage Plant of N. Y., 1935 to 1936.

Died, Apr. 12, 1936, at New York, N. Y.: Aged 53.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1937.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Notes:

1 Son of Colonel Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.W. M. Black, class of 1877.

In the Supplement, Vol. VI the note reads:

Grandson of Captain Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.George H. Derby, Class of 1846; son of Major-General W. M. Black, Class of 1877.

Thayer's Note:

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

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