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Gen Robert Bruce McCoy

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Gen Robert Bruce McCoy

Birth
Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, USA
Death
5 Jan 1926 (aged 58)
Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial
Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID
93133805 View Source

Colonel in command of the 128th Infantry Regiment in France during WWI. Continuously served in the US Army from the Spanish-American War to post-WWI command of the 32nd Infantry Division of the Wisconsin National Guard, attaining the rank of Major General in 1924. Camp (now Fort) McCoy, Wisconsin is named in his honor.

Distinguished Service Medal citation reads:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Infantry) Robert B. McCoy, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. In Command of the 128th Infantry throughout all the major operations in which the 32d Division participated, Colonel McCoy proved himself a leader of sound judgment and exceptional ability. During the Oise-Aisne offensive he skillfully handled the delicate maneuver of straightening and changing the front on the left bank of his brigade during the attack on Terny-Sorny and later during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In the attack on the Kremhilde-Stellung he performed another tactical operation of high order in a flank movement which resulted in the taking of the town of Romagne.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)

Colonel in command of the 128th Infantry Regiment in France during WWI. Continuously served in the US Army from the Spanish-American War to post-WWI command of the 32nd Infantry Division of the Wisconsin National Guard, attaining the rank of Major General in 1924. Camp (now Fort) McCoy, Wisconsin is named in his honor.

Distinguished Service Medal citation reads:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Infantry) Robert B. McCoy, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. In Command of the 128th Infantry throughout all the major operations in which the 32d Division participated, Colonel McCoy proved himself a leader of sound judgment and exceptional ability. During the Oise-Aisne offensive he skillfully handled the delicate maneuver of straightening and changing the front on the left bank of his brigade during the attack on Terny-Sorny and later during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In the attack on the Kremhilde-Stellung he performed another tactical operation of high order in a flank movement which resulted in the taking of the town of Romagne.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)


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