Frederick William Coleman, Jr.
Major General, United States Army
Appointed from the District of Columbia, Second Lieutenant, 13th United States Infantry, 9 September 1898
First Lieutenant, 8th United States Infantry, 11 October 1899
Transferred to the 13th United States Infantry, 15 May 1900
Buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery,
near the grave of his father, Frederick William
Coleman, Major, United States Army. His wife, Blanche Forbes
Coleman, who died 27 March 1955, is buried with him, as is his son, Frederick
William Coleman III, Brigadier General, United States Army.
WASHINGTON, January 5, 1945 – Major General Frederick W. Coleman, Governor of the United States Soldiers’ Home here and former head of the Army’s Finance Department, died today after an illness of six weeks. His age was 66. He had been Governor since his appointment in 1936 by the Secretary of War, upon his retirement after 37 years of active duty.
General Coleman began his military career in 1898 as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry and served in the Philippines, Alaska, the Mexican Expedition of 1916, and Panama, where he was the first Provost Marshal of the city of Panama.
During World War I he saw service as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Ninety-First Division. He received two recommendations for the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in action; one from the general in command of his division and the other from General John J. Pershing. He was also the recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
General Coleman was appointed Assistant Chief of the Finance Department when it was established in 1920 and became Chief of the department twelve years later.
Born in Baltimore, General Coleman was a graduate of Rock Hill College, the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Blanche Lippincott
Forbes Coleman; a son, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick W. Coleman 3rd, and
a sister, Mrs. C. C. Carter of Washington.
COLEMAN, BLANCHE FORBES WIDOW OF FREDERICK
Posted: 26 July 2003 Updated: 7 September 2004 Updated: 22 January 2008
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003