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Alexander Day Surles, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Medal, and decorations from France, England, Brazil and Ecuador. member; Member Chi Psi.


Surles, Alexander Day was born on August 14, 1886 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. Son of William Henry and Caroline (Pascoe) Surles.


Student University of Michigan, 1906-1907. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1911. Graduate Cavalry School Advanced Course, 1924, Command and General staff schedul, 1925, Army War College, 1935.


William G. Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army. 1911, and advanced through the grades to major general (temporary), February 16, 1942. With 15th Cavalry, United States, 1911-1915, Philippines, 1915-1917, American Expeditionary Force (France) March 1918-August 1919.

Instructor United States Military Academy, 1919-1923. With 7th Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Texas, 1925-1927. Assistant chief of staff Military Intelligence, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, 1927-1930.

Chief public relations branch, Military Intelligence Division, War Department, 1935-1939. With 7th Cavalry Brigade (mechanized), later commanded 1st Armored Regiment (light tanks), Armored Force, Fort Knox, 1939-1940. With 1st Armored Division, Fort Knox, 1940-1941.

Director bureau public relations, War Department, August 1941-1945. Director of information, War Department, September 1945. Member Chief of Staff’s Advisory Group, December 1945-1947.


Member; Member Chi Psi. Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia).


Married Anne Lee Gaines, February 27, 1915. Children: Alexander Day (United States Army).

William Henry Surles

Caroline (Pascoe) Surles

Anne Lee Gaines

Alexander Day Surles (United States Army)