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Robert Lee Howze, American army officer. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor, July 25, 1891, “for gallantry in repulsing attacks of Sioux Indians in South Dakot, January 1, 1891.” Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States), Croix de Guerre with palm, and Officer Legion of Honor (French).


Howze, Robert Lee was born on August 22, 1864 in Rusk Company, Texas, United States. Son of James Augustus and Amanda Hamilton (Brown) Howze.


Bachelor of Arts, Hubbard College, Texas, 1883. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1888.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 6th Cavalry, July 7, 1888. Promoted through grades to brigadier general vols., June 20, 1901. Honorary discharge vols., June 30, 1901.

Major Puerto Rico provisional regiment of infantry, October 9, 1901-June 30, 1904. Commandant cadet, United States Military Academy, with rank of lieutenant colonel, 1905-1909. Lieutenant colonel commanding Puerto Rico Regiment and Military District of P.R., February 1909-August 1912.

Major 4th Cavalry, November 18, 1911. Transferred to 11th Cavalry, December 21, 1911. Lieutenant cavalry, July 1, 1916.

Detailed to General Staff. September 1916; colonel of cavalry, May 15, 1917. Chief of staff 10th Provisional Division and cavalry div.: assigned chief of staff Northeastern Department, June 1917.

Brigadier general N.A., December 1917, and assigned to command 2d Cavalry Brig., Fort Bliss, Mexican border duty. Major general United States of America, August 8, 1918. Commanded 38th Division and overseas duty.

Served in Meuse-Argonne. Commanded 3d (Marne) Division, marched to the Rhine and commanded that div. in Army of Occupation in Germany until August 14, 1919. Returned to the United States in command of 3d Division and assigned to Mexican border duty in command of the District of El Paso, commanding First Cavalry Division.

Major general, regular army, December 1922. Commanded detachment of 34th Volunteers in rescue of Lieutenant Commander Gilmore, United States Navy, and 27 other Americans who had been prisoners of insurgents in Philippines 10 months or more. Under General Pershing performed distinguished service in Mexico while commanding a selected squadron of 11th Cavalry.


Married Anne Chifelle, d. Children: Harriot, Robert Lee, Hamilton Hawkins.

James Augustus Howze

Amanda Hamilton (Brown) Howze

Anne Chifelle

Harriot Howze

Robert Lee Howze

Hamilton Hawkins Howze