Born at Savanah, Georgia, February 23, 1880, he graudated from Lawrenceville, New Jersey, School, in 1898, from the United States Military Academy in 1903, and the United States Army Engineer School in 1908.
He married Denise Vary, October 31, 1931.
He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, 1903, and was promoted through the grades to Major General in 1937. He was an instructor at West Point, 1909-12; Assistant to the Engineer Commission, Washington, D.C., 1912-13; Executive Officer, Public Utilities Commission, Washington, D.C., 1913-16; Commander, 307th Regiment of Engineers and later corps engineer, 5th Corps, World War I, 1917-18; Director, purchasing and member War Dept Claims Board, 1919-21; Assistant Commandant and Director of Department of the Army Engineer School, 1922-24; in charge of improvements, rivers-harbors, vicinity of New Orleans, 1916-17, Nashville, 1921-22, and Gavleston, 1924-28; Govenor, Panama Canal, 1932-36, Director, 1936-60; Director, Panama Canal Railroad Company since 1928 (president, 1932-36); Commander, Engineer School, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1937-41; retired and then recalled as director of the Transport Office, Officer of Coordinator of InterAmerican Affairs to 1945. Executive Director of Baltimore City Aviation Commission, 1946.
He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He was a Episcopalian. A Fellow, American Society of Civil Engineers, Member of Society of Cincinnati, Society of Colonial Wars, Society of American Military Engineers (President), Sons of Revolutionary War. Address: 2815 Dumbarton Ave, Washington, D.C. 20007.
He died March 29, 1965 and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.
His wife, Schley, Denise Vary Schley (March 8, 1895-March 26, 1981) is buried with him.
SCHLEY, JULIAN LARCOMBE
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- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF BIRTH: 02/23/1880
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/29/1965
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 04/02/1965
- BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 5694-1 L
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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