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Major General
William L. Kenly
William L. Kenly
Information
Born February 18, 1864
  • Baltimore, Maryland
Died January 10, 1928 (63)
  • Washington, D.C.
Buried at
Alma mater United States Military Academy
Military Info
Allegiance 20px United States
branch 20px United States Army
Years of Service 1889-1919
Rank 20px Major General

William Lacy Kenly, USA (February 18, 1864 - January 10, 1928)

Military AssignmentsEdit

Sleeve Insignia Name Position Headquarters Begin Date End Date
United States Military Academy Cadet West Point, NY September 1, 1885 June 12, 1889
4th Artillery Regiment Officer June 12, 1889
Artillery School Student 1893 1894
various assignments Officer Philippines May 11, 1899 July, 1902
5th Field Artillery Regiment Officer June 6, 1907 March 11, 1911
Recruiting Officer Fort Slocum, NY March 2, 1908 1912
5th Field Artillery Regiment Officer October 25, 1911 August 26, 1912
6th Field Artillery Regiment Officer August 26, 1912
Chief of Air Service, A.E.F. 1st Chief of Air Service September 3, 1917 February 28, 1917
164th Field Artillery Brigade Commanding General November 28, 1917
Division of Military Aeronautics 1st Director Washington, D.C. May 24, 1918 March 6, 1919

Military & Civilian SchoolsEdit

Dates of RankEdit

Regular Army

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
No Insignia Cadet September 1, 1885 20
O-1 No Insignia 2nd Lieutenant June 12, 1889 24
O-2 1st Lieutenant June 29, 1896 31
O-3 Captain February 2, 1901 35
O-4 Major April 5, 1907 42
O-5 Lieutenant Colonel August 26, 1912 47
O-6 Colonel July 1, 1916 51
Retired (At his own request, 30 years service) October 13, 1919 54
O-8 Major General Posthumous January 10, 1928 -

National Army (American Expeditionary Forces)

Grade Rank Insignia Name Branch Insignia Date of Rank Age Notes
O-7 Brigadier General August 5, 1917 52 accepted: September 2, 1917
O-8 Major General April 29, 1918 53 accepted: May 16, 1918
Honorably Discharged March 8, 1919 54

Awards and DecorationsEdit

Army Distinguished Service Medal Silver Star Spanish Campaign Medal
Philippine Campaign Medal Mexican Border Service Medal World War I Victory Medal

Foreign Decorations

Ribbon Name Class Country Issue
Order of the Bath Order of the Bath Companion United Kingsom
Legion of Honour Legion of Honour France
Order of the Crown of Italy Order of the Crown Italy

Battles/WarsEdit

  • Spanish-American War
  • Philippine-American War
  • Mexican Expedition
    • Border Service
  • World War I

GalleryEdit

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