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MG William Sidney Graves

MG William Sidney Graves

Birth
Mount Calm, Hill County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Feb 1940 (aged 74)
Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 3, Lot 4177-C-SS map grid U/16
Memorial ID 13051 · View Source
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US Army Major General. Born in Mount Calm, Texas, his father was a Southern Baptist minister. After high school he received an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, graduating in June 1889. He was stationed in Wyoming, where he met and married Katherine Boyd, who was the niece of his commanding officer. He served in the Spanish-American War (1898), fought at the Battle of Caloocan as a company commander against Philippine insurgents during the Philippine-American War of 1899, and remained there until 1902. He later served in World War I. In 1918 he was given command of the US Army 8th Division and was sent to Siberia under orders from President Woodrow Wilson, joining the Allied forces of Britain, France, and Japan to maintain stability in the eastern part of Russia during the country's civil unrest between the Tsarist government and the Bolshevik forces and not to lend any military assistance to either side. The primary mission of the American Expeditionary Forces was to ensure the Trans-Siberian railroad remained operational, all while protecting supplies to anti-Bolshevik forces and providing for the safe conduct of foreign allied troops, primarily Czechs. In April 1920, after the Czech forces were evacuated, US troops left Siberia In July 1925 he was promoted to Major General and retired in 1928, with 29 years of active military service. Among his decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal (2), the Philippine Campaign Medal, the World War I Victory Medal, the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan), the Order of the Crown of Italy, and the Czechoslovak War Cross. He died in Shrewsbury, New Jersey at the age of 74. He authored the book "America's Siberian Adventure" that was published in 1931 and republished in 1971.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MG William Sidney Graves (27 Mar 1865–27 Feb 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13051, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .