Kenyon Ashe Joyce
Major General, United States Army
Ashe Joyce of New York
Served in the United States Army, Private Company K, 1st Illinois Infantry, 26 April to 17 November 1898
Private, Troop B, 3rd U. S. Cavalry, 3 March 1900 to 10 October 1901
Second Lieutenant, 6th U. S. Cavalry, 2 February 1901
He joined the Army as a Private during the Spanish-American War and rose through the ranks to Major General. He was wounded by a grenade in World War I and thereafter did not have use of one hand.
He was commander of Fort Myer, Virginia, (adjacent
to Arlington) from 1933 to 1937 and he supervised the construction of the
Chapel from which his own funeral was conducted following his death in
San Francisco on January 11, 1960. He was buried in Section 30 of Arlington
SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 11, 1960 – Major General Kenyon A. Joyce, who joined the Army as a Private during the Spanish-American War, died of leukemia tonight at Letterman Army Hospital. He was 80 years old.
General Joyce retired in 1943. His lat post was commander of the Ninth Service Command at Fort Douglas, Utah. During his forty-four years of service he received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Medal and the French Croix de Guerre.
After serving in the Spanish-American War he saw combat with the cavalry during the Philippine Insurrection. In 1906 he served with an Army detachment that surrounded and captured a band of hostile Ute Indians on the Little Powder River in Montana.
During World War I he saw action in France. From 1940 to 1942 he was commander of the Ninth Army Corps at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Surviving is his widow, Mary Kane Drury Joyce. A military service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.
As a Colonel in World War I, General Joyce was seriously wounded by the explosion of a trench mortar in France. While commander of the First Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, Texas, in 1939, with the rank of Brigadier General, he specialized in the coordination of the new mechanized cavalry with the old horse cavalry.
“In the laboratory of our Army interesting experiments are being conducted in how best to utilize the horse on the battlefield in conjunction with the motorized unite,” he wrote.
One of General Joyce’s last active assignments
was a Deputy President of the Allied Control Commission for Italy in November
1943. In that post he became an aide to General Eisenhower, the Commander
in Chief, and was directly responsible to him.
WASHINGTON, January 18, 1960 - President and
Mrs. Eisenhower drove to nearby Fort Myer, Virginia, today to attend a
funeral service for Major General Kenyon A. Joyce, who died last Monday
in San Francisco. The President was Chief of Staff to General Joyce
when both were stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, before World War II.
The Episcopal service was held in the Fort Myer Chapel. Burial was
in Arlington National Cemetery.
JOYCE, KENYON ASHE
Photo By Michael Robert Patterson
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