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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1909

Vol. V

(Born Pa.)

Frank S. Besson

(Ap'd Pa.)


Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 16, 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., Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 1909; Canal Zone, Panama, Dec. 1, 1909 to May 10, 1910.

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

(Frank Schaffer Besson, Born May 12, 1886.)

Military History. —

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

At Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 1909; in Canal Zone, Panama, Dec. 17, 1909, to May 10, 1910; at Detroit, Mich., to Aug. 1, 1910; at Pittsburgh, Pa., to Aug. 31; at Washington Bks., D. C., student officer at Engineer School, to October, 1911; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., with company, Oct. 7, 1911, to February, 1912; at Fort De Russy, Honolulu, Hawaii, March 1, 1912, to

(First Lieut., Corps of Engineers, March 2, 1912)

April 19, 1913; Assistant to Department Engineer, Hawaiian Department, and to District Engineer, District of Honolulu, to November, 1915; at Washington, D. C., Battalion and Post Adjutant and Recorder of Board on Engineer Troops, Dec. 6, 1915, to May, 1916; at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Regimental Adjutant, 1st Engineers, May to

(Captain, Corps of Engineers, June 3, 1916)

June, 1916; at Fort Brown, Texas, Regimental Adjutant, June 24, 1916, to April, 1917; at Washington Bks., D. C., Regimental and Post Adjutant, to August, 1917;

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

 p1414  in France with 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A. E. F., serving in Toul, Cantigny and Soissons Sectors, Aug. 7, 1917, to

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

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

Aug. 1, 1918; at Camp Humphreys, Va., Executive Officer, Aug. 19, 1918, to January, 1919; at Washington, D. C., Assistant to Engineer Commissioner, District of Columbia, Jan. 17, 1919, to ––––

(Honorably Discharged as Colonel, Only,
March 31, 1919)

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

Military History: —

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

At Washington, D. C., Assistant to Engineer Commissioner, District of Columbia, Jan. 17, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, March 31, 1919.

Major, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 28, 1920.

Aug. 23, 1923; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, Command and General Staff School, Aug. 24, 1923, to June 20, 1924, when he was graduated as a Distinguished Graduate; Instructor, Command and General Staff School, June 21, 1924, to Aug. 14, 1928; at Washington, D. C., student officer Army War College, Aug. 15, 1928, to June 27, 1929, when he was graduated; at Nashville, Tenn., District Engineer, Aug. 1, 1929, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Maj., C. E., Feb. 28, 1920.)

At Nashville, Tenn., Dist. Engr., Aug. 1, 1929 to Aug. 1, 1933; at Washington, D. C., O., C. of Engrs., to

(Lt.‑Col.,  p215 C. E., Dec. 4, 1933)

July 28, 1937; at Galveston, Tex., Dist. Engr., to

(Col., C. E., June 1, 1938.)

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

Military History: — Galveston Tex, Dist Engr, 28 Jul 37‑

(Col CE 1 Jun 38)

15 Jan 41; Kansas City Mo, Omaha Neb, Div Engr Mo River Div, 16 Jan 41–9 Apr 42; Ft Leonard Wood Mo, Cp Abbot Ore, CO Engr Repl TC, 10 Apr 42–3 Dec 43; Ft Lewis Wash, CO Engr Tng Sect, 1 Jul-16 Dec 44.

(Col Ret dsbl 30 Sep 45)

Civil History: — 12721 SW Edgeclift Rd Portland Ore

Died July 19, 1956, Portland, Ore.​a

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Col. Besson died after the publication of Vol. IX (1950), the most recent volume of the Supplements to Cullum's Register available to me, which may also be the most recent volume in the public domain. The date and place of his death are from his WPAOG obituary.

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