Robert Ross Ralston of Pennsylvania
Appointed from Pennsylvania, Cadet, United States Military Academy, 20 June 1898 (4)
Second Lieutenant, U. S. Engineers, 12 June 1902
ROBERT ROSS RALSTON
Born March 9, 1878.
Military History—Cadet at the Military Academy, June 20, 1898 to June 12, 1902, when be was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers.
Served: At Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, October 1, 1902 to September 20, 1903; en route to, in and en route from the Philippines, September 20, 1903. First Lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, April 23, 1904 to October 1, 1905; at Washington Barracks, D.C., October 1, 1905 to October 1, 1906; in Cuba, and en route to and from Cuba, October 1, 1906 to June 30, 1907; at Washington Barracks, D.C., from June 30, 1907 to January 4, 1909; at New Orleans, Louisiana, January 6, 1909, to—.
Captain, Corps of Engineers, Feb. 9, 1909.
December 15, 1910; at Washington, D.C., Assistant to Chief of Engineers, December 17, 1910, to Major, Corps of Engineers, March 12, 1915. June 22, 1915 at Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26, 1915, to May 2, 1917; at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, at First Officers’ Training Camp, May 3 to Colonel of Engineers, National Army, August 5, 1917.
Aug. 23, 1917 at Camp Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina, Camp Sevier, Greeneville, South Carolina, and Camp Upton, Yaphank, New York, commanding 306th Engineers, 81st Division; National Army, August 24, 1917, to July 30, 1918; en route to France, via England, with regiment, July 31 to August 20, 1918; in France with 306th Engineers, August 21 to October 6, 1918; in Toul Sector, France, Chief Engineer, 4th Army Corps, October 10 to November 17, 1918; en route to and at Cochem, Germany, Chief Engineer, 4th Army Corps, November 18, 1918, to May 11, 1919; at Trier, Germany, student officer at Army Center of Artillery Studies, May 11 to June 13; at Nashville, Tennessee, District Engineer, Nashville District, Aug. 6, 1919, to—
Returned to Grade of Major, October 6, 1919.
August 30, 1920 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, student officer, School of the Line, to 1921, when he was graduated as a Distinguished Graduate; student officer, General Staff School, to 1922, when he was graduated; Instructor, School of the Line, to Lieutenant Colonel of Engineers, November 10, 1924.
July, 7, 1926 at New York, New York, District Engineer, 1st New York District, July 22, 1926, to July 1, 1928; at Washington, D.C., Assistant to the Chief of Engineers, July 2, 1928, to January 10, 1932; at Schofield Bks., Territory of Hawaii, C.O., 3d Engineers and Deptartment Engineer, Hawaiian Deptartmnet February 10, 1932 to February 17, 1934;
COLONEL Retired., Feb. 28, 1934. For Disability Incident to the Service.
Died March 20, 1934, on the U.S. Transport “Republic” en route from Panama to New York, New York, age 56.
RALSTON, ROBERT R
- LT COL USA RET
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/20/1934
- DATE OF INTERMENT: 03/26/1934
- BURIED AT: SECTION EAST SITE 897
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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