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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1907

Vol. V

(Born Pa.)

William A. Ganoe

(Ap'd Pa.)


William Addleman Ganoe, Born May 14, 1881.º

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, July 31, 1902 to June 14, 1907, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., 28th Infantry)

(Transferred to 17th Infantry, Aug. 15, 1907)

Served: At Ciego de Avila, Cuba, Sept. 20, 1907 to Nov. 4, 1907; at Camaguey, Cuba, Nov. 4, 1907 to Jan. 16, 1909; appointed Battalion Quartermaster and Commissary, 2d Battalion, 17th Infantry, Nov. 8, 1908; at Fort McPherson, Ga., Jan. 20, 1909 to –––––.

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

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 28th Infantry, June 14, 1907.

Transferred to 17th Infantry, Aug. 28, 1907.

At Fort McPherson, Ga., Jan. 20, 1909, to March 4, 1911; at San Antonio, Texas, with Maneuver Division, March 4 to July 4, 1911; at Fort McPherson, Ga., on temporary duty, July 4 to 18, 1911; on leave of absence, July 18 to Aug. 22, 1911: at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of English and History, Aug. 22, 1911 to

(First Lieut., 9th Infantry, March 30, 1912)

Dec. 15, 1912; at Fort Thomas, Ky., Dec. 15, 1912, to May 21, 1913; on leave of absence to June 4, 1913; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, with 25th Infantry, June 13, 1913, to

(Transferred to 25th Infantry, July 1, 1913)

July 20, 1915; Assistant Adjutant, July 20, 1915, to June 6, 1916; on leave of absence to Aug. 28, 1916; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of English and History, Aug. 29, 1916, to

(Captain of Infantry, Sept. 6, 1916)

June 15, 1917; at Madison Bks., N. Y., June 16 to Aug. 11, 1917; at U. S. Military Academy, Assistant Professor of English, Aug. 30, 1917, to

(Major, Temporary, of Infantry, Jan. 9, 1918)

Feb. 19, 1918; Adjutant, U. S. Military Academy, Feb. 20, 1918, to ––––

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, U. S. A., Nov. 4, 1918)

(Returned to Grade of Captain, Aug. 20, 1919)

Civil History. — Degree of A. B. conferred by Dickinson College, 1902, and of A. M., June, 1913; author of "Ruggs, R. O. T. C.," in Atlantic Monthly for December, 1917, and "The Expansion of the Army," in Yale Review for January, 1918.

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

Military History: —

Captain of Infantry, Sept. 6, 1916.

Major, Temporary, of Infantry, Jan. 9, 1918.

At West Point, N. Y., Adjutant, U. S. Military Academy, Feb. 20, 1918, to

Lieutenant-Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Nov. 4, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Captain, Aug. 20, 1918.

Major of Infantry, July 1, 1920.

Aug. 24, 1921; assigned to 18th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1921; at Camp Dix, N. J., head of board to edit Infantry Drill Regulations, 1921‑1922; at Fort Benning, Ga., Chief of History Section, Infantry School, 1922, to 1924; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, School of Staff and Command, 1924, to 1925, when he was graduated; and placed on General Staff Eligible List, June, 1925; at Washington, D. C., Historical Section, Army War College, 1925 to 1929; student officer, Army War College, 1929 to 1930, when he was graduated; at Boston, Mass., Professor Military Science and Tactics, Boston University, Aug., 1930, to ––––

Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry, Jan. 1, 1931.

Civil History. — Degree of A. B. conferred by Dickinson College, 1902 and of A. M., June, 1913; Author, "English of Military Communications," Banta Publishing Co., 1918; "The History of the United States Army," 1924, D. Appleton, Co., New York and London;​a stories and articles in leading magazines; contributed to Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1925‑1928; American Dictionary of Biography; American Year Book, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: — At Boston, Mass., P. M. S. & T., Boston U., Aug., 1930 to

(Lt.‑Col., Inf., Jan. 1, 1931)

(Col., Inf., Feb. 1, 1936)

Aug. 1, 1936; at Ft. Screven, Ga., C. O., Sept. 14, 1936 to Oct. 12, 1938; at Pittsburgh, Pa., C. of S., 2d Mil. Area, 3d C. A., Oct. 14, 1938, to ––––

Author "Soldiers Unmasked", Military Service Publishing Co., 1938.

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

Military History: —

(Col Inf 1 Feb 36)

Pittsburgh Pa, C/S 2 Mil Area 3 CA, 14 Oct 38–4 Jan 42; Ann Arbor Mich, PMS and T and comdg all mil schools and Tps, U of Mich,

(Col Ret 30 Jun 42, opn law)

AD — 1 May 43; Theater Historian, ETOUSA (England France Germany) 5 May 43‑


10 May 45; Relieved AD 4 May 46

Order of British Empire;
Croix de Guerre w/palm

Civil History. — Author of "The History of the U. S. Army," Appleton-Century Co, NY 24 and 42; and "My Heart Remembers," T. V. Crowell, NY, 50. Rt 4 Siesta Key Box 114 Sarasota Fla

Died, Sept. 6, 1966, at Sarasota, Fla.: Aged 85.​b

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Notes:

a The book is onsite, in the author's 1942 revision (except for 26 pages of appendices, which I may eventually add as well although they are superseded by more up‑to‑date information readily available online). One of the main themes of the work is the paramount value of maintaining a fully trained military force: he developed it in a series of impassioned radio talks, collected in Soldiers Unmasked, a small book which might even be called a pacifist pamphlet. It is also onsite.

Col. Ganoe has also left us MacArthur Close‑Up, his reminiscences of Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Douglas MacArthur's West Point superintendency; the book was published in 1962 and is thus not listed among his books in the Register. As MacArthur's Adjutant during most of the general's tenure as Superintendent, Ganoe was in daily intimate contact with him and witnessed firsthand the very important changes wrought by him to the Military Academy. MacArthur Close‑Up is thus an important primary source; it too is onsite in full.

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b Col. Ganoe's birth and death data are from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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