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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1909

Vol. V

(Born Pa.)

Albert H. Acher

(Ap'd Pa.)


Born Greenville, PA.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 15, 1905 to June 11, 1909, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers)

Served: At Rock Island, Ill., on "Upper Mississippi River," Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 1909; Culebra, Panama Canal Zone, Dec. 9, 1909 to –––––.

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

(Albert Hilands Acher, Born June 6, 1885.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., Corps of Engineers, June 11, 1909.

At Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 1909; at Culebra, Panama Canal Zone, Dec. 9, 1909, to May, 1910; at Detroit, Mich., to August, 1910; at Pittsburgh, Pa., August, 1910; at Washington, D. C., student officer at Engineer School, September, 1910, to October, 1911; and with company to February, 1912;

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, Feb. 27, 1912)

in Panama Canal Zone, on construction work, April, 1912, to July 1, 1915; at Los Angeles, Cal., in District Engineer Office to

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, March 24, 1916)

June, 1917; Adjutant, 4th Engineers, July to August, 1917;

(Major, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Aug. 5, 1917)

at Seattle, Wash., District Engineer Officer, to December, 1917;

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 14, 1918)

with 4th Engineers to June, 1918; commanding 4th Engineers and Chief Engineer, 4th Division, A. E. F., June to

(Colonel of Engineers, U. S. A., Aug. 1, 1918)

October, 1918; commanding 102d Engineers and Chief Engineer, 27th Division, A. E. F., to January, 1919; Chief of Italian Mission, War Damage Section, American Commission to Negotiate Peace, Paris, France, and Rome, Italy, January to March, 1919; in charge of Light Railways, A. E. F., March, 1919; at Paris, in charge of contract adjustments, April and May, 1919; returned to U. S., June 27; at Washington, D. C., in office of Chief of Engineers, June 29 to Nov. 6, 1919.


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As commanding officer of the 4th Engineers he contributed materially to the successes of the Fourth Division in the Aisne-Marne offensive and in the Meuse-Argonne operations. By his skill in the construction of roads and bridges he ably assisted in the operations of his division. His ability as a leader was shown in the efficiency of the 4th Engineers, both as a technical and as a combat unit. Later he showed the same rare qualities when he commanded the 27th Engineers."

Resigned, Nov. 6, 1919.

Civil History. — Chief Engineer, U. S. Food Products Corporation, Nov. 6, 1919.

Permanent address: Grove City, Pa.; residence, 1720 21st Street, N. W., Washington, D. C., business address, Hotel Jefferson, Peoria, Ill.

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

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Captain, Corps of Engineers, Mar. 24, 1916.

Colonel, Temporary, of Engineers, Aug. 1, 1918.

Resigned, Nov. 6, 1919.

Civil History: — At Peoria, Ill., Chief Engineer U. S. Food Products Corporation, Nov. 6, 1919, to Oct. 1, 1920; at Chicago, Ill., Vice President Bergendahl and Acher Construction Co., Oct. 1, 1920, to Jan. 23, 1923, and President to date of death.

Died, Aug. 26, 1924, at Lake Forest, Ill.: Aged 39.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1925.

Buried, Lake Forest Cemetery, Lake Forest, IL.

Thayer's Note:

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

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