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Robert Irwin Rees, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, February 13, 1919, “for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service” to the United States Government; Officer Legion of Honor (French), April 30, 1919. member war plans div., executive div., and operations div., General Staff, Washington, District of Columbia, June 1917-December 1918.

Background

Rees, Robert Irwin was born on November 9, 1871 in Houghton, Michigan, United States. Son of Setn and Eugenie Malinda (Livermore) Rees.

Education

Bachelor of Science and Engineer of Mines, Michigan College of Mines. Student Harvard 1 year, New York Law School, 1 year. Distinguished graduate, Army School of the Line, 1913.

Graduated from Army Staff College, 1914.

Career

Corpl. Company B, batt. engrs., May 7, 1897-November 24, 1899. Second in command Lieutenant 3d Infantry, October 1, 1899. First lieutenant, April 9, 1901.

Captain, March 11, 1911. Major, September 18, 1917. Lieutenant colonel (temporary), August 5, 1917.

Colonel N.A., July 27, 1918. Brigadier general (temporary), October 1, 1918. Colonel (temporary), August 6, 1918.

Detailed as member General Staff Corps, June 4, 1917. Member war plans div., executive div., and operations div., General Staff, Washington, District of Columbia, June 1917-December 1918. Chairman Committee on Edition and Special Training in charge military and technical training of technicians and mechanics for the Army in educational institutions.

Later organized S.A.T.C. Arrived in France, December 1918, and assigned on General Pershing’s staff in charge of all educational work in American Expeditionary Force. Returned to the United States, July 1919, and assigned as chief recreations branch of war plans div., General Staff.

Membership

Member war plans div., executive div., and operations div., General Staff, Washington, District of Columbia, June 1917-December 1918.

Connections

Married Sara Isabel Gannett, April.

father:
Setn Rees

mother:
Eugenie Malinda (Livermore) Rees

spouse:
Sara Isabel Gannett