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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1908

Vol. V

(Born Neb.)

Edwin V. Sumner, Jr.​1

(Ap'd Mas.)


Born Fort Niobrara, NE.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 16, 1904 to Feb. 14, 1908, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry)

Served: With regiment at Fort Des Moines, Ia., May 14, 1908 to Dec. 5, 1909; en route to and in the Philippine Islands to –––––.

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

(Edwin Vose Sumner, Jr., Born Oct. 7, 1884.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, Feb. 14, 1908.

At Fort Des Moines, Iowa, with regiment, May 14, 1908, to Dec. 5, 1909; en route to and in Philippines, to May 15, 1912; (at Camp Overton, Mindanao, in charge of the relocation of the Overton-Keithly Road; at Fort Bliss, Texas, with regiment, June 9, 1912, to Dec. 19, 1913; (at Pistol Competition, July to September, 1913, winning Southern Medal and Army Medal); at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., with regiment, Dec. 23, 1913, to

(First Lieut., 2d Cavalry, April 13, 1915)

(Captain, 19th Cavalry, May 15, 1917)

(Major, Temporary, Aviation Section, Signal Corps, Aug. 5, 1917)

 p1385  Sept. 22, 1917; (graduated from Mounted Service School, Fort Riley, Kans., May 10, 1916; at Plattsburg Training Camps, Instructor in Equitation, 1914, 1915 and 1916); at Richmond, Va., in charge of Aviation General Supply Depot, to Dec. 7, 1917; at Washington, D. C., President of Examining Board obtaining officers for Motor Mechanics' Regiments, to

(Major, Temporary, of Cavalry, Dec. 29, 1917)

March 31, 1918; sailed for France April 12; arrived in England, April 21; at Romorantin, France, commanding Air Service Supply Depot No. 3, and Air Service Production Center No. 2, from June 30, 1918, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Air Service Aeronautics, U. S. A., Oct. 8, 1918)

(Junior Military Aviator, Nov. 2, 1918)

June 3, 1919, when as result of injuries received in a motorcycle accident he

Died, June 3, 1919, at Romorantin, France: Aged 34.

Officer of the Legion of Honor (French).


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As commanding officer of the Air Service production and assembly center at Romorantin, he displayed peculiar administrative ability in coordinating the work of the many different elements at the largest Air Service project in the American Expeditionary Forces. The satisfactory results obtained at Romorantin were due largely to his tireless energy and skill in supervising and directing its operation. His example established a spirit of teamwork and accomplishment which were most marked."

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1921.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

The Author's Note:

1 Son of General Edwin V. Sumner, U. S. A., Civil war; grandson of General Edwin V. Sumner, U. S. A., Mexican and Civil wars.º

Thayer's Note:

a Lt.‑Col. Sumner's birthplace is from his AOG obituary.

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