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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1910

Vol. V

(Born Ill.)

Walter W. Vautsmeier

(Ap'd Ill.)


Born Freeport, IL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 15, 1906 to June 15, 1910, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., Coast Artillery Corps)

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

(Walter William Vautsmeier, Born June 21, 1886.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., Coast Artillery Corps, June 15, 1910.

At Fort Monroe, Va., with company, and taking preliminary officers' course at Coast Artillery School, Sept., 1910, to March 31, 1911; at Fort Crockett, Galveston, Texas, with 3rd Provisional Regiment, Coast Artillery Corps, to June 23, 1911; at Fort Wadsworth, N. Y., to Nov. 7, 1911; at Fort Hancock, N. J., to July 5, 1912; at Fort Jay, Governor's Island, N. Y., to July 15, 1912; at Fort Hancock, N. J., to Oct. 6, 1912; at New Brunswick, N. J., engaged on Progressive Military Map of the U. S., to Dec. 21, 1912; at Fort Hancock, N. J., to Dec. 23, 1912; at Fort Barrancas, Fla., to Jan. 31, 1915; at Fort Stevens, Ore., with Mine Company, Sept. 10, 1915, to

(First Lieut., Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1916)

July 14, 1916; at Laredo, Texas, with 4th Provisional Regiment, Coast Artillery, July 21 to Sept. 4, 1916; at Fort Stevens, Ore., to Sept. 26, 1916; at Vancouver Bks., Wash., Oct. 1 to Dec. 7, 1916; at Fort Monroe, Va., student officer at Coast Artillery School, Dec. 31, 1916, to

(Captain, Coast Artillery Corps, May 15, 1917)

(Aviation Section, Signal Corps, May 31, 1917)

June 1, 1917; at Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, Cal., June 8 to 13, 1917; at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas, June 16, 1917, to

(Major, Air Service, Signal Corps, Feb. 19, 1918)

(qualified as Reserve Military Aviator, Nov. 20, 1918)

(Returned to Grade of Captain, April 1, 1919)

(Transferred to Coast Artillery Corps, June 18, 1919)

June 18, 1919; en route to France, June 27 to July 4; at Camp Pontanezen, Brest, with Replacement Troops, to July 25; at part with Postal Express and Courier Service, to Aug. 4; at Tours and Paris, with Liquidation Commission, to Dec. 9; en route to U. S. to Dec. 22; at Fort MacArthur, Cal., commanding company, Jan. 25, 1920, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Captain, Coast Artillery Corps, May 15, 1917.

Major, Temporary, Signal Corps, Feb. 19, 1918.

Returned to Grade of Captain, Mar. 31, 1919.

At Fort MacArthur, Calif., commanding company, Jan. 25, 1920, to

Major, Coast Artillery Corps, July 1, 1920.

(Detailed to Air Service, July 1, 1920.)

Aug. 10, 1920; at March Field, Calif., student pilot, Aug. 11, 1920, to June 20, 1921; at Ross Field, Calif., with Air Service, June 21 to Dec. 1, 1921; at Langley Field, Va., with Air Service, Dec. 23, 1921, to Feb. 21, 1922; when in wreck of dirigible airship Roma he received injuries from which he

Died, Feb. 21, 1922, at Langley Field, Va.: Aged 35.

Portrait and obituary in Annual Report, Association of Graduates, for 1922.

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Note:

a Maj. Vautsmeier's birthplace is from his tombstone (q.v.)

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