A career Army officer who was wounded in the Philippine Islands during the Insurrection there, and where he was cited for gallantry, he also served in Mexico, where he was a Major commnding a unit of the 8th United States Cavalry in the pursuit of Pancho Villa.
On his arrival in France in July 1917, he was assigned to the Operations Section, General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Force. He was made Deputy Chief of Staff, May 1918, and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He remained at GHQ until June 1919.
He then reverted to his permanent rank of Major and became Assistant Commandant of the General Service School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1924, he re-attained the grade of Brigadier General and died in 1931 while commanding the 14th Brigade and the 89th Reserve Division at Omaha, Nebraska. (1872-1931).
He is buried in Section 7 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Effee Trotyer Eltinge (1874-1958), is buried with him.
Le Roy Eltinge of New York
- Appointed from New York, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 17 June 1891 (10)
- Second Lieutenant, 4th United States Cavalry, June 1896
- First Lieutenant, 6th United Statates Cavalry, 15 July 1899
- Captain, 15th United States Cavalry, 6 February 1902
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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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