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John Knowles Herr, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal. President Army Mutual Aid Association.


Herr, John Knowles was born on October 1, 1878 in White House, New Jersey, United States. Son of Henry Burdette and Virginia Buford (Large) Herr.


Student Reading Academy, Flemington, New Jersey, 1890-1895. Lafayette College, 1895-1898. Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1902, honorary Doctor of Science.

Lafayette College, May 1942.


September 15, 1903; children—Helen Hoyle (wife of Willard A. Holbrook, Junior, United States Army), Fanny DeRussy. Commissioned Second lieutenant, United States Army, 1902, and advanced through the grades to major general, 1938. With 7th United States Cavalry, 1902-1911.

Instructor in English and equitation, United States Military Academy, 1911-1913. With 11th Cavalry, 1913-1916. 4gh Cavalry, 1916-1917.

Chief of staff 30th Division, 1918-1919. General Staff War Department, 1920. Assistant chief of staff, American Forces in Germany, 1921-1922.

General Staff, War Department, 1923-1924. Graduate field officers’ course, Cavalry School, Fort Riley, 1925, Command and General staff schedul, Fort 1926. Army War College, Washington.

District of Columbia, 1927. With 2d Cavalry, 1928. Instructor Army War College, 1929-1931.

Director G-2, Army War College, 1932. With 3d Cavalry, 1932. Inspector General Department Governors Island, 1933-1934.

Commanding 7th Cavalry, Fort Bliss, Texas, 1935-1938. Chief of cavalry, Washington, District of Columbia, 1938-1942, retired February 28, 1942.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia).


Married Helen Maxwell Hoyle. Children: Helen Hoyle (wife of Willard A. Holbrook, Junior.

Henry Burdette Herr

Virginia Buford (Large) Herr

Helen Maxwell Hoyle.

Helen Hoyle (wife of Willard A. Holbrook Herr

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