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Samuel Hof, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal (United States). Served at Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming, 1894-1897.


Hof, Samuel was born on October 24, 1870 in Boscobel, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Philip Jacob and Elizabeth (Mayer) Hof.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1894, Army War College, 1921. Master of Business Administration, Harvard, 1926.


Some of his classmates also became a general officers. For example: Frank Parker, Hamilton S. Hawkins, George H. Estes, Jr., John W. Joyes, Ora E. Hunt, Pegram Whitworth, Briant H. Wells, John F. Preston, Francis L. Parker, Paul B. Malone or George Vidmer. He was originally commissioned a Second lieutenant of Cavalry in 1894, but he was later transferred to the Ordnance Corps.

Major General Samuel Hof retired from the Army in 1934 and died on March 10, 1937 in Washington, D.C. aged 66. His award citation reads:.


  • For his service as a Commanding officer of the Frankford Arsenal, he was later awarded with the Distinguished Service Medal. The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Ordnance Corps) Samuel Hof, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, first, as Commanding Officer, Frankford Arsenal, from March 1918 to March 1919, where, by his indefatigable energy, outstanding administrative ability, and thorough technical knowledge, Colonel Hof brought to a successful production basis tracer, incendiary, and armor-piercing small-arms ammunition, and supplied substantially all that was used by our troops. Later as acting Chairman of the Ordnance Claims Board, where by his energy, tact, and business ability, he secured the settlement of outstanding obligation, and later, as Chief of Field Service, Ordnance Department, where he perfected the organization controlling the disposition of vast quantities of materials and plants left over from the war.


Served at Fort Yellowstone, Wyoming, 1894-1897.


Married Alice Ingraham Mayo, May 1, 1900.

Philip Jacob Hof

Elizabeth (Mayer) Hof

Alice Ingraham Mayo