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Thomas Cruse Edit Profile

army officer.

Thomas Cruse, American army officer. Awarded Medal of Honor. “for distinguished gallantry in action with hostile Indians,” August 1882; also Indian Campaign Medal, Philippine Campaign Medal. Mason.


Cruse, Thomas was born on December 29, 1857 in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. Son of James Barnhill and Mildred Davis (King) Cruse.


Center College, Kentucky, 1874-1875. Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1879. Honor graduate Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1891.

Graduated from Army War College, 1916.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 6th Cavalry, in Arizona, June 13, 1879. First lieutenant, September 28, 1887. Captain, a.-q.-married, December 1, 1896.

Major q.-married United States Vols., May 12, 1898. Honorary discharged from volunteer service, May 1, 1901. Major q.-married, July 5, 1902.

Lieutenant colonel, deputy q.-married general, February 17, 1910. Colonel Q.-M. Corps, February 1, 1913. Brigadier general, January 9, 1917.

Retired January 1918.


Mason.; Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington and Manila).


Married Beatrice Cottrell, February 14, 1882. Children: Fred Taylor, James Thomas (deceased).

James Barnhill Cruse

Mildred Davis (King) Cruse

Beatrice Cottrell

Fred Taylor Cruse

James Thomas Cruse (deceased)