Joseph Ernest Kuhn – Major General, United States Army

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Major General Joseph Ernest Kuhn, a World War I commander, died in 1935 and was buried with full military honors in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.  Research continues with respect to his career.

Joseph Ernest Kuhn of Kansas
Appointed From Kansas, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 July 1881 ( 1)
Commissioned Second Lieutenant of Engineers, 14 June 1885
First Lieutenant, 15 June 1888
Captain, 26 May 1896
Major of Engineers, United States Volunteers, 31 May 1898
Honorably discharged from volunteer service, 12 April 1899


Courtesy of Michael Stein:

  • JOSEPH ERNEST KUHN
  • Born in Leavenworth, Kansas June 14, 1864
  • Died November 12th, 1935
  • Cadet US Military Academy 1881-85
  • Graduated as No. 3058, Class of 1885
  • Second Lieutenant 1885
  • First Lieutenant 1888
  • Captain 1896
  • Major (USV) 1898
  • Major 1904
  • Lieutenant Colonel 1909
  • Colonel 1915
  • Brigadier General (NA) 1917
  • Major General (NA) 1917
  • Student, US Engineer School, Willets Point 1885-88
  • Assistant Engineer of Rivers & Harbors, Detroit 1888-89
  • Instructor, US Military Academy 1889-94
  • Assistant Engineer of Rivers & Harbors, San Francisco 1894-96
  • Assistant to the Chief of Engineers 1896-00
  • Instructor, US Military Academy 1900-03
  • Served with Company M, 3rd Battalion of Engineers, Philippines 1903-04
  • Military Attaché to Japan 1904-05
  • Served with Office of the Army Chief of Staff 1905-06
  • In Charge of Fortifications, River & Harbor Improvements, Norfolk 1906-09
  • Senior Instructor of Military Engineering, Army Service Schools 1909-12
  • Engineer, Rivers & Harbors, Philadelphia 1912-13
  • Commandant Engineering School & Washington D.C. Barracks 1913-14
  • Member, Military Commission to Germany 1914-15
  • Military Attaché to Germany 1915-16
  • Commanding Officer, 1st Regiment of Engineers 1916-17
  • President, Army War College 1917
  • Commanding General, 79th Division 1917-19
  • Acting Commanding General, IX Corps 1919
  • Commanding General, Camp Kearney 1919-20
  • Commander, Schoffield Barracks, Hawaii 1920-23
  • Commanding General, 5th Infantry Brigade 1923-25
  • Retired as Major General 1925

Married (2d) Helen Squire October 19th, 1917
Children: Richard Parker & Joseph Southard (deceased)

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