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Charles P. Summerall
Summerall by Bill Jordan
Basic Information
Born March 4, 1867
Blount's Ferry, Columbia County, Florida
Died May 14, 1955 (aged 88)
Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C.
Cause/death
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Spouse Laura Mordecai (1872-1948)
Alma Mater United States Military Academy
Military Information
Allegiance US Flag United States
branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years/Service 1892-1931
(42 years, 9 months)
Rank General insignia General

Charles Pelot Summerall (March 4, 1867 – May 14, 1955)

Military/Civilian CareerEdit

Sleeve Insignia Name Position Headquarters Begin Date End Date
1st Infantry Regiment Officer June 11, 1892 March 5, 1893
5th Artillery Regiment Officer March 6, 1893 June 5, 1907
United States Military Academy Senior Instructor, Artillery Tactics West Point, New York August 22, 1905 April 15, 1911
3rd Field Artillery Regiment Officer June 6, 1907 October 31, 1907
2nd Field Artillery Regiment Officer November 1, 1907 March 10, 1911
3rd Field Artillery Regiment Officer Fort Myer, Virginia March 11, 1911 1912
Summer Camp for Army & National Guard Commandant Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania 1912 1914
National Guard Bureau Assistant Chief Washington, D.C. 1915 September 4, 1917
Ordnance Board Member 1915 1916
Board of Ordnance & Fortifications Member 1917 1917
Mission to British & French Armies Member 1917 1917
67th Field Artillery Brigade, 45th Division Commanding Officer September 5, 1917 December 20, 1917
1st Field Artillery Brigade Commanding General December 22, 1917 July 17, 1918
1st Infantry Division 1st Infantry Division Commanding General July 17, 1918 October 11, 1918
US V Corps V US Corps Commanding General October 12, 1918 February 12, 1919
IX US Corps IX US Corps Commanding General February 28, 1919 April 15, 1919
IV US Corps IV US Corps Commanding General May 2, 1919 May 11, 1919
Third Army (United States) Third US Army Staff Officer June 22, 1919 July 8, 1919
Inter Allied Commission Member July 8, 1919 August 14, 1919
American Commission
to Negotiate Peace
Member August 14, 1919 August 31, 1919
A.E.F. HQ Officer August 31, 1919 September 30, 1919
1st Infantry Division 1st Infantry Division Commanding General Fort Hamilton, New York 18 Sept, 1919 1 Jul, 1921
45px Hawaiian Department Commanding General 5 Aug, 1921 11 Aug, 1924
VIII Corps Area Commanding General Fort Sam Houston, Texas 12 Oct, 1924 15 Jan, 1925
II Corps Area Commanding General Fort Jay, New York 16 Jan, 1925 20 Nov, 1926
Army Chief of Staff Flag Office, Army Chief of Staff 12th Army Chief of Staff Washington, D.C. 21 Nov, 1926 20 Nov, 1930
Name Position Headquarters Begin Date End Date
Society of the
1st Division, A.E.F.
President 1919 1945
The Citadel President Charleston, South Carolina September 12, 1931 June, 1953
Salvation Army
National War Service
Advisory board
Member 1940

Military & Civilian SchoolsEdit

Name Degree Location Begin Date End Date
United States Military Academy B.S. West Point, New York 6/16/1888 6/11/1892
Hobart and William Smith Colleges LL. D. Geneva, New York 1921
Widener University D. of M.S. Chester, Pennsylvania 1927
Williams College LL. D. Williamstown, Massachusetts 1927
College of Charleston LL. D. Charleston, South Carolina 1935
Brown University LL. D. Providence, Rhode Island 1936

Dates of RankEdit

Regular Army

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
No Insignia Cadet
U.S. Military Academy
June 16, 1888 21
O-1 No Insignia 2nd Lieutenant
US Army Infantry Insignia
June 11, 1892 25
O-1 No Insignia 2nd Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
March 6, 1893 26
O-2
1st Lieutenant Insignia
1st Lieutenant
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
March 2, 1899 31
O-3
Captain insignia
Captain
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
July 1, 1901 34
O-4
Major insignia
Major
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
March 11, 1911 44
O-5
Lieutenant Colonel insignia
Lieutenant Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
July 1, 1916 49
O-6
Colonel insignia
Colonel
US Army Field Artillery Insignia
May 15, 1917 50
O-7
Brigadier General insignia
Brigadier General February 16, 1919 51
O-8
Major General Insignia
Major General April 5, 1920 53 accepted: April 30, 1920
O-10
General insignia
Chief of Staff
US Army General Staff Insignia
February 23, 1929 61
Relieved of Office November 20, 1930 63
Retired, Operation of Law March 31, 1931 64
O-10
General insignia
General Retired List March 31, 1931 64

National Army/American Expeditionary Force

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
O-7
Brigadier General insignia
Brigadier General August 5, 1917 50 accepted: August 27, 1917
O-8
Major General Insignia
Major General June 26, 1918 51 accepted: July 12, 1918
Vacated April 30, 1920 53

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Personal Decorations
Distinguished Service Cross Distinguished Service Cross
Army Distinguished Service Medal Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (4OLC) Silver Star
Service/Campaign Medals
Spanish War Service Medal Spanish War Service Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal Philippine Campaign Medal
China Campaign Medal China Campaign Medal
World War I Victory Medal World War I Victory Medal
Identification Badges
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Army General Staff Identification Badge
Other Accoutrements
Overseas Service Bar (WWI) Overseas Service Chevron (4)

Foreign Decorations

Ribbon Name Class Country Issue
Legion of Honour (Commander) Legion of Honor Commander France 11.11.18
Croix de Guerre 1914-1918 (2 Palms) Croix de Guerre - France 10.30.18 Palm
Order of the Crown of Italy, Commander Order of the Crown Commander Italy
Order of the Crown, Grand Officer (Belgium) Order of the Crown Grand Officer Belgium 2.12.19
Order of Prince Danilo I Order of Prince Danilo I Grand Officer Montenegro
Medal of La Solidaridad (Silver & Gold) Medal of La Solidaridad II class Panama
Order of Military Merit, white (Cuba) Order of Military Merit Cuba
Order of Polonia Restituta Order of Polonia Restituta Poland
  • Distinguished Service Medal, American Legion (1951)

Battles/WarsEdit

Spanish-American War

  • non-Active Duty

Philippine-American War

  • Participant

China Relief Expedition

  • Participant

World War I

  • Battle of Cantigny
  • Battle of Soissons
  • St. Mihiel Offensive
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive

GalleryEdit

Summerall, MG4
Summerall, MG
Summerall, MG2
Summerall, MG3
Summerall, GN3
File:Charles P. Summerall.jpg
Summerall, GN2
Summerall, GN4

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