Born in Kentucky, Colonel Dorst graduated from the United States Military Academy in the Class of 1873. He then served on Frontier duty in the Indian Wars from 1873 to 1883. He was then Aide-de-Camp to General Mackenzie in 1883 and 1884. He then served in the Tactical Department at West Point from 1887 to 1890 and as Military Attache to Vienna, Austria, from 1894 to 1897. In 1898, he served as an observer with the Greek Army during the Greco-Turkish War. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of United States Volunteers in 1898 and served in that year and in 1899 at Santiago de Cuba in the Spanish-American War and in the Philippine Insurrection. He retired in 1911 as a Colonel in the Regular United States Army.
Colonel Dorst died in Virginia on 11 January 1916 at the age of 63 and was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.
Joseph Haddox Dorst of Kentucky
Appointed from Indiana, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 1 September 1869 (9)
Second Lieutenant, 4th United States Cavalry, 13 June 1873
First Lieutenant, 20 March 1879
Regimental Adjutant, 17 May 1878 to 1 January 1883
Captain, 2 March 1885
Lieutenant Colonel, Adjutant General of Volunteers, 9 May 1898
Honorably Discharged From Volunteer Service, 12 May 1899
Colonel, 45th U. S. Volunteer Infantry, 17 August 1899
Honorably Discharged From Volunteer Service, 3 June 1901
Major, 2nd United States Cavalry, 7 November 1898
Assigned to the Inspector General's Department, 28 February 1901
Lieutenant Colonel, 12th United States Cavalry, 26 June 1901
Colonel, 3rd United States Cavalry 15 April 1903
WARRENTON, Virginia, January 11, 1916 – Colonel Joseph H. Dorst, U.S.A., retired, a veteran of Indian Campaigns, the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, died at his home near here today from apoplexy. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemtery.
Colonel Dorst was 63 years old and a native of Louisville, Kentucky. He retired from the Army in 1911 after forty years' service.
DORST, ESTER ARCHER W/O JOSEPH H
DATE OF BIRTH: 04/05/1862
DATE OF DEATH: 10/07/1947
DATE OF INTERMENT: 10/09/1947
BURIED AT: SECTION 3 SITE 2547
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
WIFE OF JOSEPH H. DORST – COLONEL US ARMY
DORST, JOSEPH H
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 01/11/1916
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION S.D.W SITE 2547
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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