West Point Graduates Killed in Action World War I

EXCELLENT  – http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Battle+of+Cantigny&Form=IQFRDR&id=27C6751CFB040E1DFBCB9C2733F5102DD632CBD8&selectedIndex=0#view=detail&id=B0B7E5340ECD563FCD5696A892F2FC33F41154A1&selectedIndex=125

Found on the body of Pvt. Martin August Trepton, a soldier killed in the Chateau Thierry Campaign 

Based on a story in “America First” by Lawton P Evens, Copyright 1920, Trepton was a “Runner” caring a verbal message from his Company Commander.  Trepton was wounded twice on the run, but kept running till he was finally hit a third time killing him.

His Photo & Grave Site   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=43854300

He had enlisted in the Iowa National Guard, which became the 168th Infantry Regiment, 84th Brigade, in the 42d ”Rainbow” Division when it was called to Federal service.

Pvt. Treptow was killed while serving as a courier, for Company M in the battle of the Ourcq River on July 29, 1918.

“America must win this war.  I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure; I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.” 

Some of what they wrote years ago contain more of love for another, than what we allow ourselves to write in our sophisticated world. Details of the War – participants, dates, battles and important names.

Clicking on a subject provides advertisement so you must copy each and then do a search http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/FWW.htm http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/dbc2.htm

American Battle Monuments Commission – http://www.abmc.gov/search/wwi.php

33 WEST POINTERS KILLED IN THE WAR – NY Times Note – In the listing, the Class of 1917 graduated April 1917, the Class of 1918 graduated August 1917 and the Class of 1919 graduated June of 1918. There is also an error http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F20B12FB3E5F1B728DDDAB0A94D9415B898DF1D3

Film – very basic -The St. Mihiel Drive September 1918 United States First Army http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxEtVq0Wng

1919 Association of Graduates Report http://digital-library.usma.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/aogreunion/id/15844/rec/2


Listing of Officers 1900 – 1950 http://www.usofficerdocuments.com/armyair/reg_resb6.html

Authorization for travel to Europe for Families http://www.itwasprinted.com/Images/img12002.jpg http://www.itwasprinted.com/genealogy/WW1_casualties_a.htm

Recipients of the DSC WWI http://www.homeofheroes.com/members/02_DSC/indexes/1_ww1/01_index.html


Sergeant Stubby - Sergeant Stubby (April 4, 1926), was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. America’s first war dog, Stubby, served 18 months ‘over there’ and participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front. He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants (holding him there til American Soldiers found him).

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Class of 1886

3141 Col Betram Tracy Clayton QMC KIA May 30, 1918 DSC The bomb dropped by a German aviator killed at the same time several other officers. Map – http://www.maplandia.com/france/picardie/oise/#map – note Montdidier is Department of Somme

Class of 1892

3505 Col William David Davis Inf KIA Nov 1, 1918 Moregem, Belgium aged 49 years DSC Map – http://www.maplandia.com/belgium/vlaanderen/oost-vlaanderen/moregem/ The following is taken from 600 DAYS’ SERVICE – A HISTORY OF THE 361st INFANTRY Twice wounded – Cited “for gallantry in action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898.” 361 Inf 91 Division – in early Sept 1918, fought in the St. Mihiel Offensive, followed up on 26 September as part of the Meuse-Argonne offensive. The 17th – 19th Oct, the Regiment moved to Ypres Belgium attached to the French 7th Corps. Colonel Davis, commanding the 361st Regiment of Infantry of the 91st Division, was killed in action November 1, 1918, while personally supervising the disposition of the companies of his regiment on the front line.

Class of 1893

3559 Col Hamilton Allen Smith Inf KIA July 22, 1918 DSC Commanded the 26th Infantry  Commanded the 26th Infantry Before or near Soissons this brave officer met his death-heroically as he had lived-he died the death of a very fine gentleman and soldier; his last hours were characteristic of his whole life, his thoughts were always for others. Killed while directing an attack on a machine gun emplacement,in France. Aged 47 years. DSC

Class of 1896

Lt Col Robert Jayne Maxey Inf (Died of wounds May 28, 1918) DSC Commanded the 28th Infantry Map – http://www.maplandia.com/france/picardie/somme/montdidier/cantigny/

Class of 1901

Lt Col Emory Jenison Pike Cav KIA Sept 15, 1918 Vandieres, France Medal of Honor Map – http://www.maplandia.com/france/lorraine/meurthe-et-moselle/nancy/vandieres/

Class of 1903

Lt Col James Andrew Shannon Cav (Died of wounds Oct 8, 1918) Chatel-Chehery DSC & French Croix de Guerre http://digital-library.usma.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/aogreunion/id/15844/rec/2 Map Chatel-Chehery, France – http://www.maplandia.com/france/champagne-ardenne/ardennes/vouziers/chatel-chehery/

Class of 1905

Lt Col James Hoop Dickey Inf (Died of wounds Sept 27, 1918) Meuse- Argonne, France http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meuse-Argonne_Offensive http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/bigshow.htm

Class of 1906

Major Fred Alden Cook Inf KIA Oct 7 , 1918 Etienne-a-Arnes, France DSC Battalion Commander 7th Infantry 2d Division Map http://www.map-france.com/Saint-Etienne-a-Arnes-08310/

Class of 1908

4731 Major Arthur Edward Bouton KIA July 15, 1918 near Soissons, France DSC Major Bouton’s battalion attacked the Germans before Vaux and the Bois de la Roche on July 1st, 1918, capturing that town and woods to north and northwest. Several hundred Germans were killed and wounded, over three hundred taken prisoners. An entire German regiment was completely put out of action by the battalion. http://www.maplandia.com/france/bretagne/morbihan/vannes/le-bois-de-la-roche/

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Class of 1914

Lt Col Roy Melvin Smyth KIA Oct 15, 1918, Bois de Foret, Meus-Argonne DSC Battalion Commander 1st Bn 4th Infantry 3d Division http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/bigshow.htm

Class of 1915

5390 Major JO HUNT REANEY Inf KIA July 15, 1915 Gland. France Company Commander 7th Inf 3d Divison Map http://www.conseil-general.com/en/map-town-hall/map-town-hall-gland-89740.htm

Major Harry Aloysius Harvey FA KIA Sept 12, 1918 Saint Mihiel France DSC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Saint-Mihiel http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/stmihiel.htm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxEtVq0Wng

Major Edwin Richardson Kimble CE (Died of wounds April 9, 1918) We have an error here – There is no record of Major Kimble being Wounded or being Killed in Action – yet it appears the Academy provided the NY Times with his name – listing him as dying of wounds. Some one wanted to give him credit, he possible died of the flu which took so many

Class of 1916

Major John Howard Wills CE KIA July 29, 1918

Major Alfred King King FA KIA Lanenville, France November 10,1918. DSC

Major John Alexander Street Inf KIA Oct 4, 1918

Class of April 1917

Captain Francis Eugene Dougherty Inf KIA Oct 15, 1918 Meuse-Argonne Battalion Commander 3d Division

Captain Daves Rossell Inf (Died of wounds Oct 13, 1918) Meuse-Argonne Company Commander Machine Gun Battalion 5th Division

Captain Stewart Whiting Hoover KIA March 1, 1918 1st West Pointer to be Killed in WWI, 18th Inf 1st Division

Captain George Wilbur Sackett Inf KIA Oct 15, 1918, Meuse-Argonne, Company Commander 5th Division

Captain Henry Henley Chapman Inf KIA Sept 29, 1918, Infantry Company Commander 30th Division Military Family dating back to the Revolution. “He was a Captain born and bred. In years, Though yet a boy, he was a man in soul, Led older men and held them in control; In danger stood erect and quelled their fears; When death calls such a Captain, he but hears As ’twere a distant bugle and the roll Of far-off drums. We wrong him if we toll The mournful bell. Give him our cheers, not tears! Through deadly scorch of battle flame and gas, Through iron hail and burst of shrapnel shell, Smiling as when we played at mimic wars, He was our leader. Is it, then, not well That he should lead before us to the stars? Stand at attention! Let his brave soul pass!”

Captain Edward William Leonard Inf KIA Oct 14, 1918, Meuse-Argonne Company Commander 6th Infantry 5th Division

Class of August 1917

Entered as the Class of 1918, graduated 10 months early, but retained their Class Crest

Captain Charles Dashiell Harris CE KIA Oct 20, 1918 DSC An Engineer Leads the Attack

Captain Thurston Elmer Wood FA KIA July 21, 1918 In his fall we lost one of our best officers. His superiors regarded him as one of the brightest and most efficient officers in the service and he was known as a man devoid of fear. West Point never had a more loyal son, nor one who more scrupulously “lived its motto”.

Captain Robert Earl Symmonds Cav (Died of wounds Nov 22, 1918) Military Family – great grandfather Brigadier General Earl D. Thomas of the Class of 1869, and father Brigadier General Charles J. Symmonds of the Class of 1890.

1st Lt EDWARD JOSEPH WOLFF, JR. No. 5777. FA Killed August 16, 1918, in France, aged 22 years.

1st LtKenneth Paul Murray Inf Killed in Action July 15, 1918 DSC There is a minor error here as the NY Times listed as Died of wounds, yet his Commanding Officer was next to him when he was killed. 

1st Lt Louis Armistead Freeman FA (Died of wounds Aug 18, 1918)

1st Lt Theodore Desmond Schmidt Inf (Died of wounds Sept 7, 1918)

1st Lt Josephus Benjamin Wilson Inf KIA Oct 15, 1918 DSC

1st Lt  Frank Sidney Long Inf KIA Oct 5, 1918 DSC Upon arriving,found and reorganized about 250, men of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and “I” Companies without an officer, all that were left of the First Battalion. Military Family dating back to the Revolution. http://www.maplandia.com/france/champagne-ardenne/ardennes/vouziers/grandpre/

1st Lt Earle Adams Billings Inf KIA July 1918 A French newspaper: “First Lieut. Earle A. Billings, 9th Infantry, led his men through heavy barrage, working continuously during the entire bombardment, locating and directing evacuation of the wounded. By his valor and coolness, in spite of high explosive and gas shelling, he was an incentive to his men. This at Vaux, July 1, 1918.” Map – http://www.map-france.com/Vaux-57130/

Class of June 1918

The Class retained their 1919 Class Crest

2d Lt Albert Francis Ward – Inf KIA June 22, 1919 Siberia (Probably a Platoon Leader) in H Company 31st Infantry attempting to relieve pressure on M Company in the village of Novitskaya near Vladivostok Siberia Map – http://www.getamap.net/maps/russia/primorskiy_kray/_novitskaya/

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