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Thomas Q. Ashburn
Born (1874-11-17)November 17, 1874
Died May 2, 1941(1941-05-02) (aged 66)
Service/branch United States Army

Thomas Q. Ashburn (November 17, 1874 – May 2, 1941) was a United States Army brigadier general active during World War I.[1]

Early life

Ashburn was born in Batavia, Ohio. He graduated number sixty-one of sixty-seven from the United States Military Academy in 1897.[2]

Career

Ashburn's first duty was with the 25th Infantry at Fort Missoula, in Montana, after which he was transferred to the artillery. Ashburn was commissioned a captain in the 34th United States Volunteer Infantry and was shipped to the Philippines.

In May 1900, he commanded one column of the pursuit of Emilio Aguinaldo. He was made a brevet major for gallantry in action at San Jacinto on November 11, 1899. From 1901 to 1902, Ashburn was the aide to General Arthur MacArthur, after which he was stationed in Cuba to command the 18th, 19th, and 24th Companies of Coast Artillery. He returned from Cuba in 1903, graduated from the School of Submarine Defense in 1907, and served a second tour in the Philippines. Ashburn then commanded and took to France the 324th Field Artillery Brigade and the 158th Field Artillery in 1918.[1]

Ashburn became chairman of the advisory board of the Inland Waterways Corporation was made a brigadier general in 1924. In 1927, he became a major general. In 1938, he retired from the army, but remained with the Inland Waterways Corporation until 1939.[3]

Awards

Ashburn earned a Silver Citation Star and was commended publicly and personally by General John J. Pershing. He also received both the Croix de Guerre and Legion of Honor from France, as well as the Mexican Order of Military Merit and the Distinguished Service Medal from the United States.

His Writings

Ashburn authored History of the 324th Field Artillery[4] and numerous articles dealing with military matters, river transportation, and forest fires.

Death and legacy

Thomas Q. Ashburn died at the age of sixty-six on May 2, 1941.[5]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975.P.17 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  2. Davis, Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1998. P. 13 ISBN 1571970886 OCLC 231779136
  3. Davis, Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1998. P. 13-14 ISBN 1571970886 OCLC 231779136
  4. Ashburn, T. Q. History of the 324th Field Artillery, United States Army. New York: George H. Doran Co, 1919. OCLC 4444243
  5. Davis, Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1998. P. 14 ISBN 1571970886 OCLC 231779136

Bibliography

  • Ashburn, T. Q. History of the 324th Field Artillery, United States Army. New York: George H. Doran Co, 1919. OCLC 4444243
  • Davis, Henry Blaine. Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, NC: Pentland Press, 1998. ISBN 1571970886 OCLC 231779136
  • Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692
  • "Thomas Quinn Ashburn, Major General, United States Army." Thomas Quinn Ashburn, Major General, United States Army. Arlington National Cemetery, n.d. Web. 09 Aug. 2016. <http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/tqashburn.htm>

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