Walter Henry Gordon Edit Profile
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1886, School of Sub-marine Mining, Willits Point, New York, 1891, graduated from Army War College, Washington, 1914.
He took command of the Tenth Infantry Brigade at the time of its organization as a part of the Fifth Division and commanded it throughout its training period and the trench warfare of the Vosges sectors. He entered the United States Military Academy in 1882 and was commissioned Second Lieutenant of the Twelfth Infantry on July 1, 1886. Lieutenant Gordon was promoted to First Lieutenant of Infantry on November 30, 1892.
During the Spanish–American War he became, on June 29, 1898, Major of the First Delaware Infantry. On September 21, he was promoted to Colonel of that regiment, and at the close of hostilities he was honorably mustered out. Promotion to Captain of Infantry came March 2, 1899.
He was promoted to Major on March 23, 1909. From April 2, 1910 to August 14, 1913, Gordon served as Inspector General. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of Infantry on September 13, 1914.
In that year, he was at the United States Army War College. On July 1, 1916, he was promoted to rank of Colonel. Gordon was made Brigadier General, National Army, on August 31, 1917.
He took command of the Tenth Infantry Brigade, organized from the Sixth and Eleventh Infantry at Camp Forrest, Georgia, on December 1, 1917. While the Fifth Division was occupying the St. Die sector, Gordon was placed in direct command of an operation to capture the village of Frapelle in the valley of the Fave River, above St. Die. The operation was carried out by the Sixth Infantry on August 17, 1918, according to Gordon's plans.
Gordon was promoted to rank of Major General on August 26 and left the Tenth Brigade to assume command of the Sixth Division.
From 1907 to 1909, Gordon was a member of the General Staff.
Married Laura A. Doan, February 17, 1896.