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Willard Ames Holbrook, American army officer.


Holbrook, Willard Ames was born on July 23, 1860 in Arkan-saw, Wisconsin, United States. Son of Willard F. and Mary (Ames) Holbrook.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1885. Honor graduate Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 1891. Graduated from Army War College, Washington, 1912.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 1st Cavalry, June 14, 1885. First lieutenant 7th Cavalry, December 17, 1891. Captain a.a.g. vols., May 12, 1898.

Vacated, April 11, 1899. Captain a.q.m., April 1, 1899. Major 38th United States Infantry, August 17, 1899.

Captain 5th Cavalry, United States Army, October 18, 1899. Honorary discharged vols., June 30, 1901. Major 8th Cavalry, March 3, 1911.

Quartermaster, December 10, 1911. Assigned to 10th Cavalry, April 12, 1912. Lieutenant colonel cavalry, November 26, 1914.

Colonel, July 1, 1916. Brigadier general N.A., August 5, 1917. Major general N.A., April 16, 1918.

Honorary discharged from N.A., August 15, 1919. Aide to General D. S. Stanley, 1891-1892. Tactical officer, United States Military Academy, 1892-1896.

In Cuba, Spanish-American War. Participated in subduing Philippine insurrection, 1899-1901. Civil governor Province of Antique, Panay, 1901-1902.

On duty at Pennsylvania Military College, 1905-1909. Director Army Staff College and School of the Line, Fort Leavenworth, 1913-1916. In commanded squadron of cavalry, after beginning of coal miners’ strike, Trinidad, Colorado, 1914.

Appointed commander 165th Infantry Brigade. Camp Sherman, O., August 25, 1917. Commanded Southern Department and in charge of Mexican border, May 3-September 26, 1918.

Commanded 9th Division, Camp Sheridan, Alabama, September 26, 1918, until demobilization of div., February 1919. Commanded Camp Grant demobilization center, February 28-May 25, 1919. Overseas service, May 1919.

Later chief of staff Southern Department. Chief of cavalry, with rank of major general, July 1, 1920. Retired July 23, 1924.


Married Josephine Stanley, October 6, 1909.

Willard F. Holbrook

Mary (Ames) Holbrook

Josephine Stanley