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Alfred William Bjornstad, American army officer. Decorated Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart (Oak Leaf Cluster); Companion St. Michael and St. George (British); Legion of Honor, Croix de Guerre (French). Mason.


Bjornstad, Alfred William was born on October 13, 1874 in St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. Son of Julius Bjornstad.


Preliminary education Luther College. Student University of Minnesota, 1893-1896. Honor graduated from Army School of the Line, 1909.

Graduated from Army Staff College, 1910.


Commissioned First lieutenant 13th Minnesota Infantry, May 7, 1898. Captain, May 16, 1898. Honorary mustered out, October 3, 1899.

Captain 42d United States Infantry, August 17, 1899. Honorary mustered out vols., June 24, 1901. First lieutenant 29th Infantry, United States of America, February 2, 1901.

Promoted through grades to rank of brigadier general, January 17, 1925. Engaged in 34 battles and actions in Philippines, 1898-1904. Duty General Staff, 1911-1912.

Military attache to Germany, 1912-1913. Instructor military art, Army Staff College, 1915-1916. Duty General Staff, 1917.

Organized, and directed, 1917, the 16 training camps for officers which produced the original 25,341 officers of the N.A. in the World War. First chief of staff, 30th Division, 1917. Organized and directed Army General Staff College in France, 1917-1918.

Brigadier general N.A., July 12, 1918-July 31, 1919. Chief of staff 3d Army Corps, American Expeditionary Force, 1918. Commander 13th Brigade, 1918-1919.

Participated in all major engagements in France. Duty General Staff College, 1919. Commanding officer, Fort Snelling, Minnesota, 1920-1923.

Assistant commandant Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1923-1925. Retired August 31, 1928.




Married Pearl Ladd Sabin, October 3, 1905.

Julius Bjornstad. Bjornstad

Pearl Ladd Sabin