Arthur Wolcott Yates
Brigadier General, United States Army
A. W. YATES, WAR OFFICER DIES
On His Retirement in 1927 He Had Served More Than 30 Years in the Army
He Took Part in Two Wars
Military Funeral to Be Held On Friday Morning in the Chapel of Arlington Cemetery
NEW YORK, New York, October 1, 1930 – Brigadier General Arthur Wolcott Yates, retired, of San Francisco, died there last Thursday according to word received yesterday at Governors Island. At his retirement in 1927, General Yates was Assistant to the Quartermaster General of the Army in Washington. He was 65 years old.
Born in Wisconsin, General Yates was appointed Second Lieutenant in the Ninth Cavalry on August 1, 1891 from civil life. In 1895 he entered the old Infantry and Cavalry School for officers at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and on April 26, 1898, he was commissioned a First Lieutenant, serving in the Spanish-American War.
In 1900 General Yates became a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps and in 1906 he was promoted to become a Major. He became a Lieutenant Colonel in the Quartermaster Corps in 1913 and in October 1917 he received the temporary wartime rank of Colonel. He was in charge of the Army Transport Service in New York before it was transferred to the Navy, and 1918 he went overseas, serving in France in the Service of Supply.
After the war General Yates was Quartermaster of the district of Paris, returning to the United States in 1920 with the full rank of Colonel. In 1920-22 General Yates was stationed in Washington and served in the Army Transportation Service, later being stationed in San Francisco in charge of the service on the Pacific coast. He then served in the Quartermaster Corps of the Philippine Department until ordered to Washington to become Chief of Transportation.
In 1926 he was promoted to Brigadier General and Assistant to the Quartermaster General and in 1927 he was retired at his own request after more than thirty years of service. The then established his residence in San Francisco.
Funeral services for General Yates were held on Monday at the Presidio, the Army Reservation in San Francisco, with full military honors. A military funeral will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday at the chapel in Arlington National Cemetery where burial will take place.
YATES, ARTHUR W
BG US ARMY
DATE OF DEATH: 09/28/1930
BURIED AT: SECTION 2 SITE 1142
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 23 January 2008