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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1904

Vol. V

(Born Min.)

Lesley J. McNair

(Ap'd Min.)


Born Verndale, MN.​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., Artillery Corps)

Served: At Ft. Douglas, Utah, with field artillery, Sept. 15, 1904 to June 1, 1905; on leave, to July 1, 1905.

(First Lieut., Ordnance Dept., (by detail), July 1, 1905)

— At Sandy Hook Proving Ground, N. J., to July 1, 1906; in Office of Chief of Ordnance, to Sept. 12, 1906; at Watertown Arsenal, Mas., to –––––.

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

— Assigned to field artillery, May 4, 1907.

(Captain, Ordnance Dept., (by detail), May 29, 1907)

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

(Lesley James McNair, Born May 25, 1883.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., Artillery Corps, June 15, 1904.

First Lieut., Ordnance Department, by Detail, July 1, 1905.

At Watertown Arsenal, Mass., September, 1906, to

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

(Captain, Ordnance Department, by Detail, May 29, 1907)

June 14, 1900; relieved from detail in Ordnance Department, June 30, 1909;

 p1078  (Assigned to 4th Field Artillery, July 1, 1909)

at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., with regiment, to March 12, 1911; at San Antonio, Texas, with Maneuver Division, to July 14, 1911; at Fort D. A. Russell to Sept. 13, 1912; at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, student officer at School of Fire for Field Artillery, to Dec. 17, 1912; at Fort D. A. Russell to Jan. 14, 1913; in France to witness practice of French Artillery, to Aug. 25, 1913; at Fort Sill to

(Captain, 4th Field Artillery, April 19, 1914)

April 25, 1914; with regiment in Funston Expedition to Vera Cruz, Mexico, to Sept. 11, 1914; at Fort Sill to May 11, 1916; on leave of absence to July 11, 1916; with regiment in Punitive Expedition into Mexico, to February, 1917; at El Paso, Texas, with regiment, to May 7, 1917; at Leon Springs, Texas, Instructor at Training Camp, to

(Major of Field Artillery, May 15, 1917)

June 5,º 1917; detailed to General Staff Corps, June 4,º 1917; with 1st Division, A. E. F., in France to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, Field Artillery, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 21, 1917; at General Hdqrs., A. E. F., Paris and Chaumont, France, to

(Colonel of Field Artillery, National Army, June 26, 1918)

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

May 15, 1919; on General Staff, 1st Division, A. E. F., in Germany, to June 23, 1919; returned to U. S., July 5, 1919;

(Returned to Grade of Major, July 15, 1919)

at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Instructor at General Service Schools, July 20, 1919, to ––––

Service medals: Service in Mexico; Victory Medal with two battle clasps; Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).


Distinguished Service Medal

March 12, 1919,

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As the senior Artillery Officer of the Training Section, General Staff, he displayed marked ability in correctly estimating the changing conditions and requirements of military tactics. He was largely responsible for impressing upon the American Army sound principles for the use of artillery and for improving methods for the support of infantry, so necessary to the proper cooperation of the two arms."

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Brigadier-General, Temporary, Oct. 1, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Major, July 15, 1919.

At Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Instructor at General Service Schools, July 20, 1919, to (General Staff with troops, Dec. 24, 1920) Jan. 29, 1921; at Honolulu, Hawaii, G‑3, Hawaiian Department, Feb. 12, 1921, to Feb. 11, 1924; (Relieved General Staff with troops, Feb. 11, 1924); at Purdue University, La­fayette, Ind., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, June 23, 1924, to

Lieutenant-Colonel of Field Artillery, Jan. 9, 1928.

June 1, 1928; at Washington, D. C., student officer, Army War College, Aug. 16, 1928, to June 28, 1929, when he was graduated; at Fort Sill, Okla., Assistant Commandant, Field Artillery School, July 23, 1929, to ––––

Service medals: Service in Mexico, Victory Medal with four battle clasps; officer of the Legion of Honor, French.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Lt.‑Col., F. A., Jan. 9, 1928)

At Ft. Sill, Okla., Asst. Comdt., F. A. School, July 23, 1929 to June 24, 1933; at Ft. Bragg, N. C., with 16th (later 83d) F. A., June 29, 1933 to Sept. 1, 1934; at Camp Beauregard, La., CCC duty, Sept. 3, 1934 to March 31, 1935; at Washington, D. C., Executive Off., O., C. of F. A., Apr. 20, 1935 to

(Col. F. A., May 1, 1935)

(Brig.‑Gen., Jan. 1, 1937)

Jan. 15, 1937; at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., comdg. 2d F. A. Brig., Mar. 7, 1937 to Apr. 5, 1939; at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans. Comdt., C. & G. S. School, to ––––

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

Military History: —

(Brig Gen 1 Jan 37)

Ft Leavenworth Kan, Comdt C and GSS, Apr 39-Jul 40; Washington, D. C., C/S GHQ AWC,

(Maj Gen AUS 25 Sep 40)

(Maj Gen 1 Dec 40)

(Lt Gen AUS 9 Jun 41)

Mar 42; CG AGF, (wounded Tunisia Apr 43



‑44; ETO, ‑25 Jul 44.

Killed in Action, St Lo France, July 25, 1944,
while observing front line units: Aged 61.


LL D, Purdue U 41; LL D, U of Me 43

Buried, Normandy American Cemetery,
Colleville‑sur‑Mer (Calvados), France.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. McNair's birthplace is as given in Jerold Brown, Historical Dictionary of the U. S. Army (2001), p293, and many other sources.

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