Gen Peyton Conway March, Sr

Gen Peyton Conway March, Sr

Birth
Easton, Northampton County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 13 Apr 1955 (aged 90)
Washington, District of Columbia, District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 30 Lot 1
Memorial ID 6629214 · View Source
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Chief of Staff, US Army. Born in Easton, Pennsylvania, the son of Mildred Conway and Francis March, a noted linguist. He attended Lafayette College, and in 1884, won an appointment to West Point. He was graduated in 1888, and assigned to the 3rd Artillery. He attended the Artillery School at Fort Monroe from 1896 to 1898. He was based in the Philippines from 1898 until 1902, during which time he saw active service and won a reputation for administrative ability. He served there as provincial governor and commissary of prisoners from 1900 to 1901. He was then sent as an observer during the 1904 Russo-Japanese War, and was promoted to major. He was given command of a field artillery regiment prior to his appointment to the Adjutant General's Office in 1911. In 1916, he was promoted Colonel and assigned to command of the 8th Field Artillery. He was promoted to brigadier general in June 1917, and put in command of the 1st Field Artillery Brigade, 1st Division, American Expeditionary Forces. In August, he was put in command of the entire American artillery force, and in September promoted to Major-General. In March 1918, he was recalled to Washington DC where he took over as the acting Army Chief of Staff. The appointment was finalized in May 1918. In an effort to increase military efficiency, he centralized control over supply, consolidated all the US land forces, and created Army technical branches such as the Air Corps, Chemical Warfare Service, Motor Transport Corps, and the Tank Corps. He presided over the buildup of American forces in World War I; the size of the Army more than doubled during his tenure. He also supervised the demobilization at war's end. He retired in 1921 with the rank of Major-General. On the retired list he was promoted to General in 1930. He published 'The Nation at War ' in 1932. After his death at age 90, he was eulogized in the House of Representatives, and was interred at in Arlington National Cemetery, escorted by a mile long cortège which included a battalion of cadets from the United States Military Academy.

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