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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1915

Vol. VI

(Born Mich.)

Herman Beukema

(Ap'd Mich.)


(Born Jan. 29, 1891.)

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, June 14, 1911, to June 12, 1915, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

Second Lieut., 3d Field Artillery.

 p1736  Served: At Fort Myer, Va., Sept. 12, 1915, to April 30, 1916; en route to Tobyhanna, Pa., to May 10; en route to Mexican border to May 15; at Laredo, Texas, on border duty, to

(First Lieut., 3d Field Artillery, July 1, 1916)

(First Lieut., Signal Corps, by Detail, April 12, 1917)

April 15, 1917; at Laredo, District Signal Officer and Officer in charge of Radio Construction, to

(Captain of Field Artillery, May 15, 1917)

July 17, 1917; at Leon Springs, Texas, Instructor at First Officers' Signal Corps Training Camp, to

(Assigned to 19th Field Artillery, Aug. 14, 1917)

Aug. 24, 1917; at Remount Station No. 2, Fort Sam Houston, and at Camp Stanley, Texas, with regiment, to Dec. 14, 1917; at Camp Stanley, Instructor at Second and Third Officers' Training Camp, to Feb. 10, 1918; at Camp Stanley and Camp MacArthur, Waco, Texas, with regiment, to May 13, 1918; en route to France, May 27 to June 10; at Valdahon Training Camp, June 22 to

(Major of Field Artillery, National Army, July 3, 1918)

July 24; in St. Die Sector, Vosges, commanding Battalion, 19th Field Artillery, July 27 to Aug. 24, when he was transferred to 308th Field Artillery; in Saizerais Sector, commanding Battalion, Aug. 28 to Sept. 9; severely wounded in action at Pont-à‑Mousson, Sept. 9; in Base Hospital at Mars-sur‑Allier, Sept. 12 to Oct. 20; transferred to 164th Field Artillery Brigade, Oct. 20; in Euvezin Sector with 341st Field Artillery, Oct. 26 to Nov. 29; entered Germany with regiment, Dec. 6; appointed Adjutant, 164th Field Artillery Brigade, Dec. 10; at Malberg and at Bitburg, Germany, with Brigade, Dec. 12, 1918, to Feb. 22, 1919; at Valdahon, France, student at Army Artillery School, Feb. 27 to March 26, 1919; at Bitburg, Germany, with Brigade, April 3 to May 6, when he was assigned to command of 314th Ammunition Train; embarked with Train at Brest, May 16; debarked at Hoboken, N. J., May 24; at Hdqrs., Camp Upton, N. Y., May 27, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Major of Field Artillery, National Army, July 3, 1918.

At Headquarters, Camp Upton, N. Y., May 27, 1919, to May 29, 1919;

 p1060  Detailed Quartermaster Corps, June 19, 1919.

at Washington, D. C., Purchase, Storage and Traffic Division, War Department, to Aug., 1919; at Ancon, Canal Zone, Assistant to the Department Quartermaster, Sept., 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, Mar. 22, 1920.

Major of Field Artillery, July 1, 1920.

Sept., 1920, and Department Constructing Quartermaster, Oct., 1919, to Oct., 1920; at Corozal and Gatun, Canal Zone, duty with separate Battalion of Mountain Artillery, Oct., 1920, to Apr., 1921; at Camp Stanley, Tex., duty with 4th Field Artillery, July 5, 1921, to Sept. 10, 1921; at Fort Sill, Okla., student officer, Field Artillery School, Battery Officers' Course, Sept. 10, 1921, to June 15, 1922, when he was graduated; Instructor, Department of Gunnery, Field Artillery School, June 15, 1922, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, Nov. 4, 1922.

Major of Field Artillery, Jan. 23, 1924.

June 15, 1926; student officer, Advanced Course, Field Artillery School, Sept. 10, 1926, to June 15, 1927, when he was graduated; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, Command and General Staff School, Sept. 1, 1927, to June 15, 1928, when he was graduated; General Staff Corps Eligible List; at U. S. Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., Instructor, Department of Economics, Government and History, Aug. 24, 1928, to June 12, 1930; Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Government and History, June 12, 1930, to Oct. 31, 1930; Professor of Economics, Government and History, Nov. 1, 1930, to

Lieutenant-Colonel and Professor, U. S. Military Academy, Nov. 1, 1930.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

Lt.‑Col. & Prof. of Economics, Government and History, U. S. M. A.,
Nov. 1, 1930

Col. & Prof., Nov. 1, 1940.

 p290  Service Medals: Victory Medal with one clasp; Order of the Purple Heart, Mexican Border Service.

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

Military History: — West Point NY, Col and Prof of Economics, Government and History USMA, 1 Nov 40 — (Washington DC, Dir Army Orientation Crse, WD Bureau of Information, Nov 41–Mar 42; Dir Army Specialized Tng Div Hq ASF, Nov 42‑


20 Apr 44) — Title later changed to Prof of Social Sciences —

Honorary degrees: D Sc Educ Washington-Jefferson, 43, LLD Rutgers U, 44, LLD Norwich U, 44; Member: Council on Foreign Relations, American Pol Science Assn, Assn of American Geographers, Academy of Pol Science, American Mil Inst, Economic Committee, US Chamber of Commerce; Author: "The United States Military Academy and Its Foreign Contemporaries," "Military Policy of the United States, 1775‑1944," articles for "Encyclopedia Americana" and various magazines; Co‑author: "Geographical Foundations of National Power," "War as a Social Institution," "Modern World Politics," "Contemporary Europe," "World Political Geography," "Contemporary Foreign Governments," "Twentieth Century America"; Editor and Co‑author; "Raw Materials in War and Peace"; Co‑editor: "Economics of National Security"

Died, Nov. 26, 1960, at Schwetzingen, Germany: Aged 69.​a

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Buried, West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Beukema — such was his final rank, his promotion to Brigadier-General seeming to have occurred after 1950 — 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 the WPAOG memorial article.

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