John Knowles Herr
Major General, United States Army
Appointed From New Jersey, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 20 June 1898 (45)
Second Lieutenant, 7th United States Cavalry, 12 June 1902
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John Knowles Herr, Born October 1, 1878.
Military History.—Cadet at the Military Academy, June 19, 1898 to June 12, 1902, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to
Second LIEUTENANT, 7th Cavalry.
Served: At Camp G. H. Thomas, Georgia, October 1, 1902 to January 1905; on leave, May and June 1904; at Fort Myer, Virginia, January to June 1905; sick leave, June 1905; en route to the Philippines, June 30 to July 26, 1905; at Batangas, Philippines, July 27, 1905 to June 11, 1907; en route from the Philippines to the U. S., June 11 to July 18, 1907;
Second LIEUTENANT, 7th Cavalry, June 12, 1902.
At Fort Riley, Kansas, July 26, 1907, to January 1, 1911; (on leave of absence, June and July 1908; graduate of Mounted Service School, 1910); at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Departments of English and History and of Tactics, Jan. 5, 1911, to
First LIEUTENANT, 7th Cavalry, March 9, 1911.
August 20, 1913; (on leave of absence, September and October 1912) ; at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, with 11th Cavalry, to April 1914; at Rugby, Colorado, on strike duty with regiment, to Jan. 1915; at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, to February 1916; at Schofield Bks., Hawaii, with 4th Cavalry, February 1916, to
Captain of Cavalry, July 1, 1916.
August 1917; at Camp Dix, New Jersey, September to December 1917; en route to France to January 1, 1918; attached to 19th British Division, January 20 to February 12; at Langres, student officer at General Staff College, March 18 to June 18; Chief of Staff, 30th Division, June 1918, to
LIEUTENANT Colonel of Cavalry, U.S.A., July
April 1919; (participated in battles of Bellicourt, Montbrehain, La Selle River and Voormezeele); at Washington, DC, member of General Staff, April 1919, to—Awarded Distinguished Service Medal
Colonel, Temporary, of Cavalry, October 24, 1918.
At Washington DC, member of General Staff, April 1919, to
Returned to Grade of Captain, June 30, 1920.
November 1920; at Coblenz, Germany, Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, November 1920, to August 1922; at Washington, DC, member of War Department General Staff, G-2 Division, August 1922 to July 1924; at Fort Riley, Kansas, student officer, Field Officers Class, Cavalry School, 1924 to 1925, when he was graduated;
Lieutenant Colonel of Cavalry, July 26, 1925.
at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, student officer, General Service School, 1925 to 1926, when he was graduated; at Washington, DC, student officer, Army War College, 1926 to 1927, when he was graduated; at Fort Riley, Kansas, with 2nd Cavalry, July 1927, to July 1928; at Washington, DC, Instructor, Army War College, August 1928, to June 30, 1932; at Ft. Ethan Allen, Vermont, comdg. 1st Sqdn., 3d Cav., August 16, 1932 to April 3, 1933; at Governors Island, New York, Hq. 2d C.A., Asst. C.A.I.G., to
Colonel of Cavalry, June 1, 1934.
June 30, 1935; at Ft. Bliss, Texas, comdg. 7th Cav., October 26, 1935 to February 28, 1938;
Major General, Chief of Cavalry, March 26, 1938.
at Washington, DC, C. of Cav. March 26, 1938, to February 28, 1942.
Major General Retired February 28, 1942, own request after 43 years’ service.
Civil History:—Author of several widely published
articles advocating the military use of horses and mules by the United
States; Pres, Army Mutual Aid Assn, 1948–50.
NOTE: His father-in-law was Eli DuBose Hoyle, Brigadier General, United States Army.
Photo Courtesy of Ruccell C. Jacobs, August 2006
HERR, JOHN KNOWLES
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