OF THE CHIEF
Edward Croft, U.S.Army, Ret.,
Care of Dr. T. C. Stone
Post Office Box 204,
Greenville, South Carolina
Upon your retirement from active service at your own request, I take
in expressing to you the appreciation of the War Department of your
and valuable service, extending over a period of more than thirty-nine
years. A review of your military career shows outstanding
and high professional attainments.
The records show that you graduated from the South Carolina Military
in 1896, and were appointed a Second Lieutenant, 19th Infantry, on July
9, 1898. Shortly after being commissioned in the Army you sailed for
Rico and joined your regiment, serving at Ponce and at Adjuntas to May
15, 1899, when you returned to the United States for a tour of duty at
Camp Meade, Pennsylvania, to July 17, 1899.
You then sailed for the Philippine Islands, where you served in the Philippine
Insurrection with the 19th Infantry to October 31, 1901, and as
to Brigadier General Robert P. Hughes, U. S. Army, commanding the
of the Visayas, to December 15, 1901. While serving in the Philippine
you participated in the following engagements:
||- November 12 & 20, 1899;
||- November 26, 1899;
||- January 18 and June 20, 1900;
||- February 15, 1900;
||- March 10, 1900;
||- March 13, 1900;
||- March 25 and April 1, 1900;
||- March 30, and 31, 1900;
||- April 3 and May 14, 1900;
||- April 28, 1900;
||- May 16, 1900;
||- July 27, 1901, where you were wounded.
You accompanied General Hughes back to the United States in December,
and served as his Aide at Washington, D. C., to March 22, 1902, and at
Headquarters, Department of California, to April 1, 1903. You then
the 19th Infantry at the Presidio of San Francisco, California, where
remained until August 10, 1903. Having been detailed as a Student,
Service and Staff College, Fort Levenworth, Kansas, you graduated
June 27, 1904, following which you were assigned to the 2nd Infantry at
Fort Logan, Colorado, serving with that regiment until December 1,
Subsequently you rejoined the 19th Infantry at Vancouver Barracks,
and served at that station until April 1, 1905, before being again
to the Philippine Islands, where you served at Parang and Cudarangan,
to October 13, 1906; and at Camp Vicars to June, 1907.
Upon your return to the United States you were assigned to duty at Fort
McIntosh, Texas, to January 29, 1910, part of which time, during the
July 20th to September 1, 1909, you served on duty in connection with
Southwestern Rifle Competition and National Matches.
You were again ordered back to the Philippines in February, 1910, where
you served at Warwick Barracks, Cebu, to May 5, 1919 [probably supposed
to be "1911"]; at Camp Jossman, to January 3, 1912,; and at Fort
McKinley, to May 15, 1912, when you returned to the United States,
at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, until January 2, 1913; and on General
Service, Boston, Massachusetts, during the period January 16, 1913, to
November 3, 1915. Joining the 26th Infantry on March 3, 1916, you
on Border Patrol at Harlingen, Texas, to March 1, 1917, part of which
form August 8, 1916, to March 1, 1917, you were Inspector-Instructor of
the National Guard; and at San Benito, Texas, commanding Company and
Battalion, from April 26th to June, 1917.
On June 14, 1917, you sailed for France and commanded the 2nd
26th Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces, to August 31, 1917, when
you returned to the United States and were assigned to duty at Camp
Massachusetts, where you served with the 76th Division, in charge of
School and Reserve Officers' Training Corps to June 20, 1918.
you were in charge of instruction, Infantry Replacement Training Camp,
Camp Mac Arthur, texas, to September 22, 1918; commanded the 95th
to October 23, 1918; commanded the 308th Infantry, Camp Sherman, Ohio,
to January 11, 1919; Executive Officer, Camp Custer, Michigan, to May
1919; Executive Officer, Camp Meade, Maryland, to August 12, 1919;
as Student Officer to the School of the Line, Fort Levenworth, Kansas,
from which you graduated on June 26, 1920; and attended the General
School at Fort Levenworth, to June 30, 1921. After graduation, you
at the latter named school to August 7, 1923, as an Instructor. You
then detailed as a Student Officer to the Army War College, Washington,
D. C., and upon graduation therefrom on June 30, 1924, were assigned to
duty as Commanding Officer, Fort Hamilton, New York, and Overseas
and Replacement Depot, to August 24, 1926.
After completing the Refresher Course at the Infantry School, Fort
Georgia, in December, 1926, you assumed command of the 16th Infantry
Post of Fort Jay, New York, where you served until June 26, 1928.
You then became Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, Training and Operations
Division, War Department General Staff, Washington, D.C., to June 15,
and then took command of the 10th Infantry and Fort Thomas, Kentucky.
From the date of your appointment you steadily advanced in rank, and,
May 24, 1935, recognition was given to your ever increasing
and you were honored by being selected and appointed Chief of Infantry,
with the rank of Major General. You joined the Army Group, Washington,
D. C., May 1937, and proceeded on leave of absence June 12th, pending
In recognition of your services, the following decorations were awarded
||Citation for which reads: "For gallantry in
action against Insurgents
near Cebu, P. I., on July 27, 1901. During the engagement Lieutenant
was seriously wounded, but in spite of his wound he retained command
coolly directed the action of his troops until a senior officer arrived
|Purple Heart -
||on account of wound received in action July 27,
1901, while serving
as a First Lieutenant, 19th Infantry.
Through the many years of your service, your professional attainments,
sound judgment and other sterling soldierly qualities have won the
of those with whom you have served.
As you now pass from the active to the retired list, I feel that in
you many years of happiness, I express not only my personal sentiment,
but also that of your many friends throughout the military
Chief of Staff.