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Harry Alexander Smith, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal; Legion of Honor (French); Companion of the Bath (British); Commander Order of the Crown of Oak (Luxemburg); Commander Order of Solidaridid (Panama).


Smith, Harry Alexander was born on June 18, 1866 in Atchison, Kansas, United States. Son of Henry T. and Anna Smith.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1891. Distinguished graduated from Army School of the Line, 1908. Graduated from Army Staff College, 1909.


Second lieutenant 1st Infantry, June 12, 1891. Promoted through grades to colonel, August 5, 1917. Brigadier general N.A., June 26, 1918-July 31, 1919.

Brigadier general regular army, May 10, 1922. Major general, September 20, 1926. With regiment in California, 1891-1896.

On duty with Kansas National Guard, 1896-1898, major 21st Kansas Vols., April 26-December 10, 1898. In Cuba, 1899-1900; in Philippines, 1900-1902, 1905-1907. Senior instructor, department of law, Army Service Schools, 1909-1912.

Instructor department of military art, Army Service Schools, 1912-1914. In charge department of justice and of public safety, Vera Cruz, Mexico, May 1-November 21, 1914. Adjunct 5th Brigade, Galveston, Texas, January-October 1915.

In China, April 1916-August 1917. Duty General Staff, War Department, September 26-November 19, 1917. Arrived in France, November 26, 1917.

Assistant commandant Army Service Schools, France, February-May 1918, commandant May 1-November 11, 1918. In charge civil affairs, Germany, November 11, 1918-July 9, 1919. Assistant commandant General Staff College, Washington, District of Columbia, August, 1919-October 1, 1922.

Commanding 16th Infantry Brig., October 1, 1922-June 30, 1923. Commandant General Service Schools, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1923-1925. Appointed assistant chief of staff, War Plans Division, July 1, 1925.

Military delegate to Limitation of Arms Conference, Geneva, May 1926. Representative of the United States Government at coronation of Shah of Persia, April 26, 1926. Commanding general 7th Corps Area, June 1, since 1927.


Married Harriet Newcomb, October 27, 1892. Children: Newcomb, William A. Commissioned.

Henry T.

Anna Smith

Harriet Newcomb

Newcomb Smith

William A. Commd Smith