The founder of a distinguished American military family. His two sons, Edwin Luther Sibert and Franklin Cummings Sibert, each retired as Major Generals in the Army and two grandsons and a great-grandson have been in the Army.
An 1884 graduate of West Point, he was an engineer, who built bridges in the Midwest; saw service in the Philippines and assisted in building the Panama Canal (for the latter he was promoted to Brigadier General and given the Thanks of Congress on march 4, 1915).
After commanding the 1st Division in France during World War I, he returned to the United States and served as Director of Chemical Warfare Service.
He retired from the Army in 1920 and from 1923 to 1933 was manager of the Alabama State Docks Commission, which constructed the Ocean Terminal at Mobile. In 1928 Congress appointed him Chairman of a board to investigate and report on the Boulder Dam Project.
He died at Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1935 at the age of 75, and was buried in Section 6 of Arlington National Cemetery.
William Luther Sibert of Alabama
Appointed from Alabama, Cadet, United States Military Academy 1July 1880 (7)
Commissioned Second Lieutenant of Engineers, 15 June 1884
First Lieutenant, 7 April 1888
Captain, 31 March 1896
SIBERT, WILLIAM L
MAJOR GEN US ARMY RET
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 10/18/1935
DATE OF INTERMENT: 10/18/1935
BURIED AT: SECTION 6 SITE 5016
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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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