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1915 Team

1915 Army 5-3-1
1915/11/27 Army 14 – Navy 0 W


Coach Charles Dudley “Charlie” Daly (October 31, 1880 – February 12, 1959)
Appeared in the film Daly, of West Point. 1902.

Army VS. Navy On Saturday – Reading Eagle – Nov 26, 1915





Two future Coaching Greats! and the Asst Manager became the Army Chief of Staff!








Howitzer 1916







Army Mule and Navy Goat In Annual Game at Gotham – Atlanta Constitution – Nov 27, 1915
The football elevens of the United States Naval and Military academies will close the eastern gridiron season with their annual contest here tomorrow afternoon. Indications point to a hard-fought game.

Service Game Today May Break Existing Series Tie. Army and Navy Have Each Won Nine Games .. – Lewiston Daily Sun – Nov 27, 1915

Army VS. Navy On Gridiron. Cadets Score First In Annual Contest….- Reading Eagle – Nov 27, 1915

Soldier and Sailor Elevens Will Try to Break Tie – The Day – Nov 27, 1915

40,000 SEE ARMY BEAT NAVY, 14 TO 0; Drizzling Rain Robs Football Game at Polo Grounds of Usual Brilliancy. VICTORS’SCORE MADE IN MUD President Wilson’s Party, Including Mrs. Galt, Is Saluted by the Cadets in Mass. OLIPHANT HAILED AS STAR Makes Both Touchdowns and Goals ;- Flock of Doves, Set Loose, Attributed to Ford. 40,000 SEE ARMY BEAT NAVY IN MUD; WILSON ATTENDS In Fog and Drizzle West Point Piles Up 14-0 Score, with Oliphant as Star. MRS. GALT WITH PRESIDENT Cheers and Music Resound at Polo Grounds, but Weather Mars the Spectacle. FLOCK OF DOVES SET LOOSE Rumored They Are Furnished by the Ford Peace Promoters, but the Teams Fight On.
Playing upon a field slippery with a morning’s rain, and in a mist that now and then thickened to a drizzle which all but blotted out the teams toward the end of the last quarter, the United States Military Academy football team defeated the Naval Academy at the Polo Grounds yesterday by a score of 14 to 0.
November 28, 1915 Front Page



ARMY LOSES COACH DALY.; Football Mentor to Join His Regiment In Honolulu. Dec 1 1915



Edwin Richardson Kimble

No. 5314; Class of 1915. Died in France April 9, 1918, aged 25. (Note there is no record of Major Kimble being wounded – however someone at the Academy listed him to the Times as KIA)
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Harry Aloysius Harvey

No. 5423 Class of 1915. With this battery in position, participating in St. Mihiel offensive, September 12, 1918 on which day he was instantly killed by a hostile shell while making a reconnaissance of territory from which the enemy had been driven. Aged 28 years DSC

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Jo Hunt Reaney

Company Commander 7th Inf 3d Divison

At midnight and morning of the 15th of July the Boche delivered an extraordinarily severe bombardment along the front, from Chateau Thierry to Rheims. The Company (7th Inf 3d Div) was in position on the south bank of the Marne directly in front of the village of Gland, occupied by the Germans who held the high ground across the river.. Gland is only a few kilometers east of Chateau Thierry. The unit been in position since the 2nd of July and the bombardment took was a surprise, as the first fourteen days were quite quiet. Major Reaney and his Orderly were killed- they were buried together.

Photo page 52 – 1919 Annual Report


Killed in Action July 15, 1918, in France, aged 26 years.

Of all those gallant officers and men who have stood the courage of battle and who now return with their comrades, in spirit only, but whose bodies remain over there as a monument to their divine virtues, none leaves a fonder remembrance among his friends than Major Jo Hunt Reaney, lovingly known to his friends as “Spec.”

Major Reaney was born in Osage, Iowa, October 17, 1891; graduated from West Point in 1915, and was assigned to the Infantry.

To his friends, who for years have known his charming personality, his loss means an absence that can never be replaced; and to his country is lost a soldier of the rarest quality. It is sad indeed that his death should come so early in his promising career. No man ever possessed a more wonderful combination of splendid traits. He was simple, fair, honest and industrious. His cheerful optimism was always present to lift the cloud of depression from a melancholy atmosphere. He was a man through whose friendship one felt the sense of having gained an indefinable something by simply having known him. Untiring in his efforts, moving steadily towards the possession of higher qualities of life, towards a greater usefulness and efficiency.

Major Reaney was devoted to his parents and his friends; his friendship was rare, possessing subtle qualities of a rich though retiring nature; he gave with the ease and unobtrusiveness of one who loves to give but knows not that he is giving. His balance and poise and keen sense of proportion were always a helping influence to those of a less stable disposition.

It is seldom that grief ever penetrates below the surface; a few weeks, a few months, a few years and all is forgotten, but men like our noble friend never die. Recollections of him are too firmly linked with our hearts, and while regretting his death we know that his life was a splendid preparation for a life beyond and that he was happy in contributing his part to the greatest cause the world has ever known.

Following are extracts from letters received from a brother officer to Major Reaney’s mother:

“Captain Reaney made the supreme sacrifice at probably the crisis of the many crises of the war, when -the Allies wrestled the initiative from the Hun and started him back.
At twelve o’clock midnight on the morning of the 15th of July the Boche delivered an extraordinarily severe bombardment on our whole front, from Chateau Thierry to Rheims. We were in position on the south bank of the Marne directly in front of the village of Gland, occupied by the Germans. Gland is only a few kilometers east of Chateau Thierry. We had been in position since the 2nd of July and the bom- bardment took us a little by surprise. The first fourteen days were quite quiet.

During the first two weeks, however, Captain Reaney, always a soldier and an expert machine gunner, had kept busy day and night, and had kept us busy too, preparing for what we knew was to come. By constantly looking for new positions, better positions, and plenty of alternative ones, he so protected our front with bands of fire when it came time to open up, that not a German crossed the Marne in front of us, although they had planned to.

His extreme conscientiousness, absolute fearlessness, his subjugation of personal safety and comfort to the immediate demands of the situation, were largely responsible for his personal sacrifice, but not until his work was completed.

Even when he did not show up at his headquarters, the next morning, his company as a result of his untiring efforts carried out his mission.

As to the facts. He decided to move his headquarters further front, and took over mine. I had moved forward to one of my section positions. He came through the barrage into my post of command about 12:30 a.m., after making arrangements for spare guns and ammunition to go forward. In addition to the high explosive and shrapnel, he had encountered some gas on his way down. The night was hot and blacker than indigo. He stayed with me fifteen or twenty minutes to rest and cool off a bit. He then started out with his orderly, saying that he was going to go to the other platoon P. C.’s to see that everything was all right. I know that his main idea was to encourage the men by his presence, to let them know that they had a company commander who would not ask them to stay at a gun while he remained in a dugout. That was the last any of us ever saw him alive: I left two or three minutes after he did.

Before dawn I had had occasion to return to my P. C., and was some thirty meters away from it on my return trip forward, when the concussion of a shell landed me in a ravine. I was overheated and took off a large sheepskin coat I had been wearing. I threw it to one side and it landed on top of a body. It was still too dark to recognize anyone
and as it was an urgent necessity for me to get back to my gun position, I didn’t investigate.

The next morning the Captain was reported missing. We sent out searching parties. As this little ravine where I had discarded my coat was under direct observation and constant machine gun fire in the day- time, it was not examined until dusk. Then the detail, seeing and recognizing my coat, knowing that I was all right, thought the Captain had been wearing it. They carried him back under cover and it was the Captain. He never suffered; he was killed instantly, with his orderly. We buried them side by side.

Captain Reaney’s loss was a severe one to the company and to the service. He was without doubt one of, if not the highest respected and best thought of officer in the regiment in the opinion of both his senior and junior officers. The men in his company thought there was never anyone like him. When you have said that, you have said all that possibly can be said about an officer.

Personally, I didn’t have a better friend in the army. I got very well acquainted with him in the States.

The bombardment was so sudden that some of us wrote a last note home. As he was killed instantly, there was no chance for the spoken word. But if he did not speak the word, he lived it. He honored me with his confidence once or twice -and I know that the reason for his clean living was that he might be able to go back clean to you, his mother.”

Family History



Graduation assignment
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At the time of his death he was writing and had nearly completed a “History of Knight Templarism in America.” Captain Jo Hunt Reaney was born at Osage, Iowa

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Bradley Visit
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Gland France map at

Carl Hocker

Roscoe Woodruff

Albert Waldron

James Van Fleet

General James Van Fleet Class of 1915

General Van Fleet addressing the Corps in Washington Hall prior to the 1953 Navy Game. Go to


The following materail is taken from – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Van_Fleet

Van Fleet was born in Coytesville, New Jersey and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1915 as part of a class that contained many future generals, and which military historians have called, “The class the stars fell on”. He was a classmate of both Dwight D. Eisenhower and Omar Bradley. Upon graduation, he became an infantry officer.

He served as a battalion commander in World War I, as part of the American Expeditionary Force under General John J. Pershing.

After WWI, he served as an ROTC professor as several colleges and universities, including Kansas State Agricultural College, South Dakota State College and the University of Florida. While serving at the University of Florida, he also coached the school’s football team in 1923 and 1924. He led the team into national prominence with a 12-3-4 record.

Van Fleet commanded the 8th Infantry Regiment for three years and led it into combat in Europe in World War II, participating in the D-Day landings on Utah Beach in June 1944. Although widely regarded as an outstanding officer, he was blocked from promotion because the Army Chief of Staff, General George Marshall, erroneously confused Van Fleet with a well-known alcoholic officer with a similar name. When Marshall learned of his mistake, Van Fleet was soon promoted to divisional and corps command. He later served with General George S. Patton’s U.S. Third Army.

In 1946, Van Fleet was sent to Greece, as the executor of the “Truman Doctrine” where he was instrumental in the outcome of Greek Civil War by providing advice to the Greek government and 250 military advisors, as well as administering $400 million in aid. A square in the Northern Greek city of Kastoria was named after him for many years.
Van Fleet was Commanding General of the U.S. Second Army from August 10, 1950 to April 11, 1951.

In 1951, he replaced General Matthew B. Ridgway as commander of the U.S. Eighth Army and United Nations forces in Korea. He continued Ridgway’s efforts to strengthen the Eighth Army in its campaign against numerically superior Communist foes. He lost his only son, an Air Force officer, in the Korean War.

In 1957, General Van Fleet was the moving spirit behind the establishment in New York of The Korea Society, the first nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to the promotion of friendly relations between the peoples of the United States and Korea “through mutual understanding and appreciation of their respective cultures, aims, ideals, arts, sciences and industries.”

Van Fleet died in 1992 in Polk City, Florida several months after reaching his 100th birthday. He was the oldest living general officer in the United States. Van Fleet was buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Shortly after his death, The Korea Society established its annual James A. Van Fleet Award to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to closer U.S.-Korea ties. Since its inception, the award has been given to former Korean president Kim Dae-jung and former U.S. presidents George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.

The Gen. James A. Van Fleet State Trail, running from Polk City, Florida to Mabel, Florida, is also named in his honor. The military sciences / ROTC building on the campus of the University of Florida is named Van Fleet Hall.

Van Fleet’s papers were donated to the George C. Marshall Foundation, and are the second largest collection of papers held by the foundation, after George C. Marshall.

In July 2001 a biography entitled “WILL TO WIN: The Life of General James A. Van Fleet,” by Paul F. Braim, was published by the Naval Institute Press.



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