Born in Paris, Texas, on 5 December 1875, Wallace Bryan Scales graduated in the 1898 class at the United States Military Academy and was first an Infantry officer and then transferred to the Cavalry.
As a Cadet Scales won a prize as the best all around athlete in 1895 and was a dedicated member of the football team.
He saw action in the Far East as a member of the China Relief Expedition, in the Philippines against the Insurrectionists and the Moros, and in Mexico with General Pershing on the Punitive Expedition.
During the World War he worked at the Newport News Point of Entry during 1918-19 and during 1928-33 was the Chief of Staff of the 77th Division of the Organized Reserves.
Colonel Scales commanded the 5th Cavalry from 1933-35, when he died at Fort Clark, Texas on 8 March 1935 at age 59.
SCALES, WALLACE BRYAN
- COL 5TH CAV, USA
- DATE OF DEATH: 03/10/1935
- BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 4997
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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