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Details for Lyman W. V. Kennon

Rank: Unit: Branch of Service: Enlistment Date:
Colonel Infantry Army Unavailable

Date of Birth: Place of Birth: Date & Place of Death: Age at Death:
9/2/1858 Providence, RI Date: 9/9/1918
Place: New York City, NY
Burial Link: Unavailable


Additional Information

Spouse Name and Address: Annie Beacher Rice - married 1883
Goshen, CT
Family Member Name and Address: Laura Kennon  (niece)

James Q. Rice  (brother-in-law of New York City)
Education: Army War College, 1910

United States Military Academy, Class of 1881
Military Posts/Deployments: Camp Greene, NC

Fort Douglas, Utah Fort Douglas, Utah

Fort Thornburg, Utah

Havana, Cuba

San Francisco, CA

Camp Monneau, Mindanao

Fort Wright, Washington Fort William H. Seward, Alaska Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana Fort Missoula

Fort Missoula, Montana Fort Missoula, Montana

Honolulu, Hawaii

Other Affiliations: Army and Navy Clubs of New York, Washington and Manila

Military Service Institute

United States Infantry Association
Biographical Notes:
He assumed command of Camp Greene, by order of a telegraph from the War Dept. dated 5/25/1918. He ordered this issue to the soldiers on 6/2/1918.

He wrote Mrs. Charles E. Platt, of The Charlotte Woman's Club, on 8/21/1918, about working with her group to beautify Camp Greene. The Women's Club in Charlotte wanted to plant bushes and flowers.

He received photographs of colored visitors at Camp Greene from Mrs. Pirnie of the Hostess House at Camp Greene. He in turn wrote Mrs. E. M. Townsend, chairwoman of the National Hostess House Committee advising her that ground would be made available for a colored Hostess House. The lot would be selected after a conference with a representative from her organization.

He died suddenly at Hotel Cumberland in New York. His funeral service was at Arlington Cemetery, Washington, D. C., 9/11/1918. Capt. James H. Kidder and Capt. William M. Rutter attended the funeral to represent those at Camp Greene.

He had been in the service for over 42 years, serving in the Indian wars and the Spanish and Philippine campaigns. His career was especially noted for the roadbuilding work he did in the Philippine Islands and his writing on military subjects. He was very proficient in engineering, drawing, surveying and Spanish .
According to the The Evening News of Newark, NJ, he was responsible for the successful permanent road known as the Benguet Road between Manila and Bagulo. He fixed the problems of former commanders and was finally able to build a road to the summer capital of the government.
A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church in Charlotte on 9/15/1918, and Mrs. Kennon was present.

National Archives, Box 19, Box 21, G. O. 6/1918; The Caduceus 6/15/1918, cover; The Charlotte Observer 9/16/1918, p. 7; 9/18/1918, p. 4
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