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Willis Prague COLEMAN

Willis Prague COLEMAN, Colonel, United States Army.

Background

  • COLEMAN, Willis Prague was born on April 27, 1876 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. Son of H. Dudley and Jessica (Prague) Coleman.

  • Education

    • Public Schools, New Orleans. Tulane University, 3 years. Command and Staff Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1911-1912.

      Advance Course Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1921-1922. Army War College, Washington, District of Columbia, General Staff Eligible List, 1928-1929.

    Career

    • Commissioned Captain 9th United States Volunteer Infantry, during Spanish-American War, 1898. Served, Cuba, 1898-1899. Honorably mustered out, 1899.

      Second Lieutenant. IDf., regular army, 1899. Served through all grades to Colonel, since 1926. Served, Philippine Insurrection, 1899- 1900, China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion), 1900, Hostile Occupation of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 1914, World War (10 years of foreign service).

      Appointed Lieutenant Colonel, National Army, 1917. Joined 86th Division, Camp Grant, Rockford, 111. Accompanied same to France.

      Promoted Colonel in France, 1919. Returned to the United States, December 1919, assigned to command 4th United States Infantry, Camp Pike, Arkansas, 1919. Command, 8th United States Infantry, Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, 1929-1930.

      Awarded, six service medals, two foreign decorations, Double Eagle of Serbia (4th class) Cross of Reborn Poland. Wrote numerous magazine articles on fishing and hunting.

    Membership

    Clubs: Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Country.

    Connections

    • Spouse Martha Drennan Wilson, October 7, 1903, National chez, Mississippi.
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