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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1909

Vol. V

(Born Me.)

Elbert E. Farman, Jr.

(Ap'd Me.)


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., 8th Cavalry)

Served: At Ft. Robinson, Neb., Sept. 11, 1909 to –––––.

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

(Elbert Eli Farman, Jr., Born Dec. 27, 1886.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 8th Cavalry, June 11, 1909.

At Fort Robinson, Neb., Sept. 11, 1909, to Nov. 30, 1910; in Philippines to April, 1914;

(Transferred to 2d Cavalry, April 1, 1914)

at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., July 4 to Oct. 3, 1914; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of Modern Languages, Oct. 5, 1914, to

(First Lieut., of Cavalry, Feb. 9, 1916)

May 15, 1916; (in Costa Rica, Central America, July and August, 1915; at Fort Ethan Allen, Vt., Nov. 20 to 30, 1915); at Fort Myer, Va., May 20 to July, 1916; joined 16th Cavalry at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, July 8, 1916; Inspector-instructor of National Guard: marched to Austin, Texas, and returned with Division; marched with regiment to Brownsville, Texas, February, 1917; on border duty to

(Captain of Cavalry, May 15, 1917)

May 20, 1917; at Washington, D. C., at Army War College, to Dec. 24, 1917; at Camp Greene, N. C., with 4th Division, to Jan. 20, 1918; en route to France to

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

Jan. 30, 1918; attached to British Division, Feb. 1 to 15; at Langres, student officer at Staff College, Feb. 20 to March 4; at General Hdqrs. A. E. F., to March 23; at French General Hdqrs., March 23, 1918, to ––––

(Lieut.‑Colonel, Temporary, of Cavalry, April 7, 1919)

May, 1919; Military Attaché, Poland, May, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Captain of Cavalry, May 15, 1917.

Major, Temporary, of Cavalry, Jan. 26, 1918.

Lieutenant-Colonel, Temporary, of Cavalry, Apr. 7, 1919.

Military Attaché, Poland, May 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, June 30, 1920.

Major of Cavalry, July 1, 1920.

Apr. 7, 1923; at Rochester, N. Y., with Organized Reserves, July 7, to Aug. 30; at Marfa, Tex., with 1st Cavalry, Sept. 1, 1923, to Apr., 1924.

Major, U. S. A., Retired, Aug. 25, 1924,
For Disability Incident to The Service.

Lieutenant-Colonel, U. S. A., Retired, June 21, 1930,
Act of June 21, 1930.

Civil History: — On Tacna Arica Mission, 1925;​a Librarian, U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., Aug., 1928, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Maj., Ret., Aug. 25, 1924.

Lt.‑Col., Ret., June 21, 1930.

On Active duty, Librarian, U. S. Military Academy, July 1, 1933, to ––––

Civil History: — on Tacna Arica Mission, 1925 to June 30, 1933.

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

Military History: —

Maj Ret 25 Aug 24;

Lt Col Ret 21 Jun 30.

AD; Librarian USMA 1 Jul 33–24 Dec 42; w/9 AF, Egypt, Tripoli, Tunisia, ‑1 Jul 43; Algiers and Oran, ‑24 Aug 43; Hqs ETO,


(Col AUS 1 Jan 44)

‑15 Jan 45; Relieved AD 15 Aug 45.

(Col Ret 24 Aug 45)

Civil History: — Garrison NY

Died Aug. 4, 1982.​b

Thayer's Notes:

a In 1879 Chile and Peru fought a border war over the nitrate-rich areas of Tarapacá, Tacna and Arica. Chile won the war, and by the Treaty of Ancón (1883) the status of the latter two areas was to be settled by plebiscite in 1893. The matter dragged on, however, for several years: toward the end of the process, arbitration by the United States under Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.John J. Pershing then Gen. Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.William Lassiter led to the cession of those provinces to Chile. For the war, see Galdames, History of Chile, ch. 15, passim; the literature is given in the Bibliographical Notes.

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b Col. Farman 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 of his death is from a placeholder page at the West Point Association of Graduates.

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