Charles McKinley Saltzman – Major General, United States Army

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Charles McKinley Saltzman of Iowa
Appointed from Iowa, Cadet, United States Miliary Academy, 15 June 1892 (29)
Additional Second Lieutenant, 5th U. S. Cavalry, 12 June 1896
Second Lieutenant, 1st U. S. Cavalry, 27 August 28967
First Lieutenant, 8th U. S. Cavalry, 13 December 1899
Captain, Signal Corps, 2 February 1901


After graduating from West Point Military Academy in 1896, Charles McKinley Saltzman served as a cavalry officer at several western posts, including Fort Apache and Fort Reno, Indian Territory.

While serving with the First Cavalry in Cuba during the Spanish American War (1898), Saltzman was awarded the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for gallantry in action against the Spanish at both Las Guasimas and Santiago.

After returning briefly to the United States, Saltzman fought in the Philippines (1902) under Major General Leonard Wood in several campaigns against the Moro insurgents.

Saltzman then transferred to the Signal Corps, graduating with honors from the Signal School at Fort Leavenworth. During the next twenty-three years, he represented the Signal Corps in various ways including acting as a delegate to the International Board on Radio Telegraphy in Washington and as a delegate to the International Conference on Sea Safety.

After serving in various capacities in the Office of Chief of Signal (e.g. Chief of the Electrical Division, Executive Officer, Assistant to the Chief Signal Officer and in the Division of Military Aeronautics), Saltzman became Chief Signal Officer in 1924. Upon completion of the assignment, MG Saltzman retired in 1928, with thirty years active duty.

Died November 25, 1942 and buried with full military honors in Section 2 of Arlington National Cemetery.

His wife, Mary Eskridge Saltzman (March 28, 1878-March 27, 1974) is buried with him.

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