Major General Frank Ross McCoy

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Major General Frank Ross McCoy

Lewistown, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Jun 1954 (aged 79)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 21, Site: S-30
Memorial ID 49252444 View Source
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Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 05, 1954


Known as 'America's Soldier-Diplomat'

Deceased Name: Maj. Gen. Frank Ross McCoy [retired]

Washington, June 4 [Special] -- Maj. Gen. Frank Ross McCoy [retired], career soldier who was a member of the Pearl Harbor investigating commission and head of the multination far eastern commission, died totoday at the army's Walter Reed hospital, where he had been a patient for about a week. He was 79.

In a colorful career that spanned three wars and numerous lesser military enterprises, McCoy acquired the unofficial title of "America's soldier-diplomat." President Theodore Roosevelt once described him as "the best soldier I ever laid eyes on."

The son of a cavalry officer, he was born at Lewistown, Pa., Oct. 29, 1874, and he was graduated from West Point in 1897. He attracted the attention of Maj. Gen. Leonard Wood during the Spanish-American war in Cuba in 1898 and thereafter rose rapidly in the service.

Diplomatic Assignments

He fought in Cuba, in the Philippine insurrection, in the Mexican border clashes of 1915-16, and in World War I, emerging as a much decorated brigadier general.

On the diplomatic side he helped set up governments in Cuba and the Philippines, was chief of staff for the mission to aid Armenia in 1919, directed American Red Cross relief for Japan after the disastrous earthquakes of 1923, supervised Nicaraguan elections in 1927-28, and in 1929 headed a commission that tried to settle the ancient boundary dispute between Bolivia and Paraguay.

President Hoover named him the American member of the league of nations commission that investigated the Manchurian dispute in 1932.

Served in Chicago

In the mid-'30s he served as commander of the old 6th corps area with headquarters in Chicago. He retired in 1938, but was called back to serve on the Pearl Harbor inquiry board.

He later represented the United States on the far eastern commission, the allied group that established occupation policy for Japan.

For the last 10 years McCoy had resided in Washington. He is survived by his widow, Frances, two sisters and a brother. Services will be held Tuesday in the chapel at Fort Meyer, Va., with burial in Arlington National cemetery

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