Edwin St. John Greble
Major General, United States Army
Army of Cuban Occupation, 1898. Army of Cuban Pacification, 1906. Mexican Border Campaign. 36th Division, American Expeditionary Force, World War I.
Buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery, his wife, Gertrude Poland Greble (1866-1947) is buried with him.
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During his long career as an artillery officer, Greble attended the military schools at forts Leavenworth and Monroe, was an aid to General O. O. Howard (1885-89), received the Spanish surrender of Havana in 1898, taught at West Point, served on the General Staff, and commanded the artillery at Naco, Douglas, and El Paso during the Mexican border crisis. He was promoted to brigadier general in the regular army in 1916 and to major general in what was then called the National Army after the American entry into World War I in April 1917.
Greble's promotion to major general came with orders directing him to proceed to Camp Bowie, Tarrant County, Texas, to reorganize the Texas and Oklahoma National Guards as the Thirty-sixth Division and to train it for combat. He assumed command of the new camp on August 24, 1917, supervised the reception of the guardsmen, and began the formation of the division. He was away on an official tour of the Western Front from September 19 to December 7. He was notably successful in developing esprit de corps among the troops and in maintaining good relations with Fort Worth and with communities in Texas and Oklahoma.
His able leadership and strong local support notwithstanding, Greble was not with the Thirty-sixth when it departed for France in July 1918 because of his failure to meet General John J. Pershing's physical standards for overseas commanders. He remained in command of Camp Bowie in his regular army rank until his retirement for physical disability the following September. He returned home to Philadelphia and subsequently lived in Washington, D.C. He died in New Jersey in September 1931.
Lonnie J. White, "Major General
Edwin St. John Greble," Military History of Texas and the Southwest 14
(1976). Lonnie J. White, Panthers to Arrowheads: The 36th Division
in World War I (Austin: Presidial, 1985).
Photo By Michael R. Patterson, 1999
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