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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1915

Vol. VI

(Born N. J.)

James A. Van Fleet

(Ap'd Fla.)


(James Alward Van Fleet, Born March 19, 1892.)

Born Coytesville, NJ.​a

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 Infantry.

Served: At Plattsburg, N. Y., with company, Sept. 12 to Oct. 1, 1915; at Madison Bks., N. Y., to May 11, 1916; at Eagle Pass, Texas, with company, May 16, 1916, to

(First Lieut., 3d Infantry, July 1, 1916)

Oct. 8, 1917; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., Instructor, 4th and 5th Classes, Provisional Officers, Oct. 10, 1917, to March 22, 1918; commanding Army Service Schools Detachment No. 2, to April 6, 1918; at Kansas City, Mo., inspecting 7th Infantry Regiment, National Guard of Missouri, April 1 to 5; at Camp Forrest, Ga., Camp Wadsworth, S. C., and Camp Mills, Long Island, commanding company, 16th Machine Gun Battalion, April 10 to

(Major, Temporary, of Infantry, June 17, 1918)

July 4; in France commanding company, to Sept. 10, and commanding 17th Machine Gun Battalion, Sept. 12, 1918, to June 11, 1919; (wounded in action in Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Nov. 4, 1918); at Camp Grant, Ill., commanding 17th Machine Gun Battalion, June 18, 1919, to ––––

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

Military History: —

Major, Temporary, of Infantry, June 17, 1918.

In American Expeditionary Forces, commanding 17th Machine Gun Battalion, 6th Division, Sept., 1918, to June, 1919, in Gérardmer Sector, Vosges Mountains, Meuse-Argonne, and in Germany; at Camp Grant, Ill., commanding 17th Machine Gun Battalion, June 18, 1919, to

Returned to Grade of Captain, June 30, 1920.

Major of Infantry, July 12, 1920.

July, 1920; at Manhattan, Kans., Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Kansas State Agricultural College, July, 1920, to Feb., 1921; at Brookings, S. D., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, South Dakota State College, Feb., 1921, to Aug., 1921; at Gainesville, Fla., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, University of Florida, Aug., 1921, to

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

Aug., 1924; at Camp Gaillard, Canal Zone, commanding 1st Battalion, 42nd Infantry, to

Major of Infantry, Dec. 6, 1924.

Apr., 1927; at Fort Benning, Ga., Head Coach, U. S. Army Football Team and Instructor, The Infantry School, Apr., 1927, to Sept., 1928; student officer, Advanced Course, The Infantry School, Sept., 1928, to June, 1929, when he was graduated; at Gainesville, Fla., Professor of Military Science and Tactics, University of Florida, July, 1929, to ––––

Awarded Double Silver Star Citation.

Service Medals: Mexican border service and Victory Medal with two battle clasps.

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Maj. Inf., Dec. 6, 1924.)

At Gainesville, Fla., P. M. S. & T., U. of Fla., July, 1929, to June, 1933; at Ft. Williams, Me., assigned to 5th Inf. and comdg. 2d Bn., 5th Inf., and Executive Off. for Post, July, 1933, to July, 1935; Executive Off., 1st CCC Dist. (Me. and N. H.), Aug., 1933, to Feb., 1934); at San Diego, Calif., O. R., Aug., 1935, to

(Lt.‑Col. Inf., Oct. 1, 1936)

Aug., 1939; at Ft. Benning, Ga., 29th Inf., and comdg. 1st Bn., Nov., 1939, to Sept., 1940; at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., student off., C. & G. S. School, to ––––

Awarded: Silver Star Citation and Purple Heart.

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

Military History: —

(Lt Col Inf 1 Oct 36)

Ft Benning Ga, Bn CO 29 Inf, Aug 39-Jun 41;

(Col AUS 1 Jul 41)

T‑E, CO 8 Inf Regt 4 Inf Div, Jul 41‑

(Col Inf 1 Feb 44)


Jul 44; CG 2 Inf Div,

(Brig Gen AUS 1 Aug 44)


‑Sep 44; CG 4 Inf Div, ‑Oct 44; CG 90 Inf Div,

(Maj Gen AUS 15 Nov 44)


‑Feb 45; CG 23 Corps, ‑Mar 45; CG 3 Corps,


‑Feb 46; Governors Island NY, CG Second SvC, ‑Jun 46;

(Brig Gen 27 Jun 46)

Dpty CG First Army, ‑Dec 47; Frankfurt Germany, G‑3 Hq EUCOM, 6 Dec 47‑

(Maj Gen 24 Jan 48)

18 Feb 48;

(Lt Gen AUS 19 Feb 48)

Athens Greece, C US Army Gp Greece and Dir JUSMAG, 24 Feb 48 ––––


Distinguished Service Order (British); Legion of Honor (France); Croix de Guerre w/Palm (France); Croix de Guerre w/Palm (Belgium); Grand Cross, Royal Order of the Phoenix (Greece)

Hon LL D U of Fla, 46

Died, Sept. 23, 1992, at Polk City, Fla.: Aged 100.​b

Buried, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Thayer's Notes:

a Gen. Van Fleet's birthplace is from multiple print and online sources.

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b Gen. Van Fleet 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 place of his death is from multiple print and online sources; the date, from his tombstone, q.v.: that page also gives a good summary of his career as opposed to the Register's opaque condensation presented here.

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