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Albert Jesse Bowley, American army officer. member General Staff Corps, 1920-1921; Club: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia).


Bowley, Albert Jesse was born on November 24, 1875 in Westminster, California, United States. Son of Freeman S. and Flora E. (Pepper) Bowley.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1897.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 4th Artillery, June 11, 1897. Promoted through grades to colonel, May 15, 1917. Brigadier general N.A., June 26, 1918.

Brigadier general regular army, April 29, 1921. Major general, February 20, 1931. Lieut. general, August 5, 1939.

Participated in Siegè of Santiago, Cuba, July 1898. In Philippines, 1899-1901. Participated in General Lawton’s campaign in Northern Luzon.

Instructor in chemistry, mineralogy, geology and electricity, and senior instructor artillery tactics, United States Military Academy, 1901-1905. Aide-de-camp to Major General F. D. Grant, at Governor’s Island, New York, 1906-1908, at Chicago, 1908-1910. In Philippines, 1910-1911.

Military attache to China, 1911-1914. Duty Fort Sill and Mexican border, 1915-1917. Organized 17th Field Artillery, 1917, and went to France as its head, December 1917.

Service Troyon sector, Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Woods, Soissons offensive, Marbache sector, St. Mihiel offensive, Blanc Mont offensive, Meuse-Argonne offensive, Moselle sector. Appointed commander 2d Field Artillery Brigade, 2d Division, American Expeditionary Force, June 26, 1918. Appointed chief of arty, 6th Corps, November 6, 1918.

At General Staff College, 1919-1920. Member General Staff Corps, 1920-1921. Appointed commander Fort Bragg, North Carolina, July 1921.

In command 8th Corps Area, June-December 1928, 2d Division, 1928-1929. Assistant Chief of Staff (G1), Washington, District of Columbia, 1929-1931. In command Hawaiian Division, Schofield Barracks, T.H., 1931-1934, 5th Corps Area, 1934-1935, 3d Corps Area (headquarters at Baltimore), 1935-1938, 9th Corps Area, and 4th Army, 1938-1939.

Retired from active service, November 30, 1939. Medals Spanish-American War, Cuban Occupation, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Border, Victory, also Distinguished Service Medal. Officer Legion of Honor, and Croix de Guerre, 4 palms and 1 silver star (France).

Order of Chi Hua (Plentiful Rice), by Chinese Government. Order of Solididad (Republic of Panama). Order of White Elephant (Siam).

Royal Order of St. Olav (Norway). General Staff Medal, War Department (United States).


Member General Staff Corps, 1920-1921. Club: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia).


Married Elsie Ball Wright, September, 12, 1931.

Freeman S. Bowley

Flora E. (Pepper) Bowley

Elsie Ball Wright