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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1908

Vol. V

(Born N. Y.)

Arthur Edward Bouton

(Ap'd N. Y.)


Born Trumansburg, NY.​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., 24th Infantry)

Served: at Madison Barracks, N. Y., from expiration of graduation leave to –––––.

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

(Born Jan. 17, 1886.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 24th Infantry, Feb. 14, 1908.

At Madison Barracks, N. Y., May 28, 1908, to Dec. 3, 1911; en route to Philippines with regiment, Dec. 5, 1911, to Jan. 5, 1912; at Camp Jossman, P. I., Battalion Quartermaster and Commissary, Jan. 6 to June, 1912; at Camp Stotsenburg, P. I., to Oct. 31, 1912; at Cabanatuan, P. I., on Military Map Work, Nov. 1, 1912, to June 14, 1913; at Fort Mills, Corregidor, P. I., June 24, 1913, to Nov. 6, 1914; en route to U. S. to

(Assigned to 9th Infantry, Dec. 1, 1914)

Dec. 14, 1914; at Laredo, Texas, with Company, Dec. 20, 1914, to

(First Lieut., 9th Infantry, April 26, 1915)

April 28, 1915; at Fort Logan H. Roots, Ark., on detached service, to June 1, 1915; at Laredo, Texas, with company, June 3, 1915, to April 10, 1917; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, with company, to

(Captain, 9th Infantry, May 15, 1917)

May 19, 1917; at Syracuse, N. Y., with company, to July 13, 1917; on detached service in Eastern Department to Sept. 15, 1917; en route to France, Sept. 18 to Oct. 6, 1917; at Gondrecourt, student officer and later Instructor at 1st Corps Schools, October, 1917, to

(Major, Temporary, of Infantry, Jan. 26, 1918)

March, 1918; commanding Battalion, 9th Infantry, in trench sector southeast of Verdun, May, 1918; entered line before Vaux, in Château Thierry Area, May 31; commanding Battalion in action continuously for 39 days; attacked and captured Vaux, July 1, 1918; (the brilliant success of this attack, characterized as a model of its kind, was largely due to his preparations; several hundred Germans were killed and wounded, over 300 were taken prisoners and many machine guns and much material captured); while leading his Battalion in advance in open field near Soissons July 18, he was struck by shell fragment and

Killed in Action, July 18, 1918, Near Soissons, France: Aged 32.

Awarded posthumously

Distinguished Service Cross

"For extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. His exhibition of dash and courage in leading an assaulting line against enemy machine‑gun nests under terrific artillery fire and the success­ful protection of his left flank, which became exposed when liaison was broken, aided materially the success of the whole attack. He was killed by shell fire while leading his battalion in the assault."

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1919.

Buried, Grove Cemetery, Trumansburg, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Maj. Bouton's birthplace is widely given as Trumansburg in reputable secondary sources, and an American Legion post is named for him in that town; I haven't yet found an authoritative primary source.

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