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Stuart Heintzelman, “Tommy” to his friends, was born in New York City on 19 November 1876. Both his grandfather (Class of 1826) and father (Class of 1867) graduated from West Point. (Note: His father, Captain Charles Stuart Heintzelman, is also buried in Arlington National Cemetery). He was educated abroad as a child and graduated from the Groton School in Massachusetts before entering the Academy. His leadership qualities were evident early in his military career as a cadet. He was the captain of the class gym and track teams, and he also was elected president of the Cadet Athletic Association. As a star football player, he was an Army letterman.
After graduation, he was assigned to the 4th Cavalry in the Philippines, where he served until 1900. He then joined the 6th Cavalry in China and participated in the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion.
Heintzelman had a keen interest in research and military history and served several tours at the Leavenworth School as an instructor as well as instructing at the Army Service Schools. In 1916, he was assigned to Princeton University as a military instructor and was awarded an honorary degree of master of arts.
During WWI, Heintzelman served in France and Italy with the General Staff at the headquarters of the AEF; as a Military Observer with the French Army, First Army Corps; as Chief of Staff of the IVArmy Corps; and as the Chief of Staff of the Second Army. For his service in WWI, he was named a Commander of the Legion of Honor, awarded the Croix de Guerre with palm, named a Commander of the Order of the Crown, and awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
He was appointed a brigadier general in 1922 and a major general in 1931. His assignments included director of the Army War College; the General Staff at Headquarters, VI Corps Area; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-2; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-4; commander of the 22d Infantry in Hawaii; and commander of the Harbor Defenses of Eastern New York.
Before his death, General Heintzelman was the Commandant of the Command and General Staff School at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He died on 6 July 1935 at age 59 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He is buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Ann Bowling Heintzelman who died on 14 April 1935 is buried with him.
From: Dictionary of American Fighting Ships
General Stuart Heintzelman
Stuart Heintzelman, born in New York, New York, 19 November 1876, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1899.
He served with the 6th Cavalry in China during the Boxer Rebellion and in the Philippines during the insurrection. Subsequently stationed in South Dakota, the Philippines, and at Princeton University, during World War I he served with the American Expeditionary Force in France and Italy. He participated in the French Chemin des Dames Offensive, in French operations in Italy, and as Chief of
Staff, 2d Army Zone.
After the war, General Heintzelman was on duty at Washington, D.C., Illinois, Hawaii, New York, and Kansas until his death at Hot Springs, Arkansas, 6 July 1935. For his services during World War I, General Heintzelman was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the French Legion of Honor, and Croix de Guerre with Palm and the Order of the Crown of Italy (Commendatore).
- MAJOR GENERAL U S ARMY NY
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 07/06/1935
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 07/10/1935
- BURIED AT: SECTION WEST SITE 1272
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
HEINTZELMAN, RUBEY BOWLING W/O STUART
- DATE OF DEATH: 04/14/1935
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/18/1935
- BURIED AT: SECTION WEST SITE 1272
- ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
- WIFE OF STUART HEINTZELMAN -MAJ GEN USA
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