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Military officer , military strategy professor

Ira Louis Reeves, American military officer, military strategy professor. Mason.


Reeves, Ira Louis was born on March 8, 1872 in Jefferson City, Missouri, United States. Son of Martin Rhodes and Rebecca (Zimmerman) Reeves.


Student Purdue University, 1902. Continuing education, University of Vermont, 1915. Doctor of Letters, Norwich U., 1916.

Doctor of Laws, Middlebury College, 1917.


Private National Guard Missouri, 1891-1892. Private corporal, sergeant, Company B, 4th United States Infantry, 1893-1897. Second in command Lieutenant 17th United States Infantry, April 19, 1897.

First lieutenant 17th, 4th and 16th Infantry, 1899-1902. Retired with rank of captain, November 11, 1902, account of wounds received in action in Philippine Insurrection. Recommended for brevet “for bravery and unexcelled energy,” Santiago Campaign, 1898.

Commandant and professor military science, Purdue University, 1902. Same Miami (O.) Military Institute, 1910. Same University of Vermont, 1912-1915.

President Norwich U., November 1, 1915-October 1918. Battalion quartermaster Massachusetts Volunteer Milita, 1912-1914. Captain and adjunct, 1st Infantry, Vermont National Guard, 1914-1915.

Colonel same regiment, 1915-1917. Commanded same on Mexico border, July-September 1916. Chairman Vermont Committee Public Safety, 1917.

Returned to active list United States of America, August 5, 1917, with grade of major. Lieutenant colonel, August 23, 1917. Colonel, December 1917.

Assistant and Executive officer Militia Bureau. Adjutant general and inspector general’s departments, June 1917-September 1918. Member 7th, 31st and 35th divisions in France.

Wounded November 11, 1918. President, commanding officer American Expeditionary Force University, Beaune, France, February 9-June 15, 1919. Member War Claims and War Credits Board, 1919.

President Ira L. Reeves and Associates, Chicago. Western manager “Crusaders,” opposed to prohibition, 1931-1933. Captain Vermont Rifle Team, national matches, 1915.

Chevalier Legion of Honor (France). Distinguished Service Medal and Purple Heart (United States).


  • Other Work

    • Author: Bamboo Tales, 1901. Manual for Aspirants for Commissions in the United States Army, 1902. Manual for Aspirants for Commissions in the United States Military Service, 1910.

      ABC of Rifle, Revolver and Pistol Shooting. Military Education in United States. Ol’ Rum River, 1931

    • Is All Well On The Potomac?.


The state should not use its authority to promote any particular religious belief. It should allow people practice their own religious convictions.


The family is encompassing a wider range of options than that of the two-generational unit of parents and children.




Married Carolyn Louise Smith, December 28, 1898. Children: Captain.

Martin Rhodes Reeves

Rebecca (Zimmerman) Reeves

Carolyn Louise Smith

Capt Reeves