Frederick Wegener Boschen
Major General, United States Army
F. W. BOSCHEN, ROSE FROM RANKS
Chief of Army Finances at His Retirement in 1941
Enlisted in 1898 – Dead at 65
Won Promotions in War
Member of Legion of Honor Had Croix de Guerre With Palms and Legislative Medal
SAN FRANCISCO, California, April 1, 1942 – Major General Frederick Wegener Boschen, Chief of Finances of the United States Army until he was retired last year, died today at the age of 65.
General Boschen, who enlisted as a Private during the Spanish-American War, was awaiting another call to duty at his death.
He served as Chief of Finances from 1936 until he reached retirement age. He also commanded the United States Soldiers’ Home at Washington, D.C.
A funeral service will be held at 2 P.M. next Tuesday in the chapel at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. He will be buried beside his wife, Mrs. Vida G. Boschen.
General Boschen enlisted as a Private in the Forty-Seventh Infantry at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, served through World War I and thirty-eight years after he joined the Army was commissioned a Major General, one of the few men ever to serve in such a variety of grades.
Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1876, he was a son of Nicholas Boschen and the former Caroline Augusta Wegener. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1903 and a Captain some years later and found his principal promotions during World War I, becoming successively a Major, Lieutenant Colonel and a Colonel in the Hospital Corps.
Besides his post as Chief of Finances, he had
been the financial agent of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was
a member of the Legion of Honor and also had been decorated with the Croix
de Guerra with palms and the gold star with the Belgian Military Medal.
He was a holder of a special legislative medal voted him by New York State.
BOSCHEN, VIDA G
Posted: 5 January 2008