Kilbourne, Jr., Charles, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1935-1936, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1898 - 1936

Field Artillery

Major General

Five Overseas Service Bars

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Contact Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Ft. Myer

Date of Passing
Nov 12, 1963
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Army Field Artillery AssociationVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Signal Corps Regimental AssociationLegion Of Valor
  1902, Army Field Artillery Association
  1919, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1997, Signal Corps Regimental Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2008, Legion Of Valor [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


First Lieutenant, U.S. Volunteer Signal Corps. Place and Date: At Paco Bridge, Philippine Islands, 5 February 1899. Entered Service At: Portland. Oreg. Birth: Fort Myer, Va. Date of Issue: 6 May 1905.


Rank and Organization:


Within a range of 250 yards of the enemy and in the face of a rapid fire climbed a telegraph pole at the east end of the bridge and in full view of the enemy coolly and carefully repaired a broken telegraph wire, thereby reestablishing telegraphic communication to the front.

Other Comments:

A Signal Corps officer’s son (Charles Kilbourne Sr., as a captain in 1892, invented the outpost cable cart, which had an automatic spooling device that enabled a soldier to lay two miles of insulated double-conductor telephone cable), Charles Evans Kilbourne Jr. is the only Signal officer to win the Medal of Honor while performing a combat communications mission. The Signal Officer Basic Course at Fort Gordon, Ga., named its leadership award for him, and the Signal Regiment inducted him as a Distinguished Member of the Regiment in 1997.

After LT Kilbourne returned to the United States, he was accepted as an infantry officer in 14th Infantry Regiment. In late 1899, he participated in the Boxer Rebellion in China, where he led his platoon in the assault that captured the Imperial City Gates. After helping suppress the rebellion, his regiment returned to duty in the Philippines, where he performed duties with the provost marshal’s office. It was during this tour that LT Kilbourne made an important career decision; in 1902 he requested and was granted a branch transfer to the Artillery Corps.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1898, Basic Training Waived (ARNG Pre WWII), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
14th InfantryUS Army Field Artillery Center and School (Staff)89th Infantry Division1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Army War College (Staff)9th Coast Artillery District
  1900-1902, HHC, 14th Infantry
  1903-1904, US Army Field Artillery Center and School (Staff)
  1918-1918, 89th Infantry Division
  1918-1919, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
  1920-1924, 1102, Army War College (Staff)
  1924-1925, 1102, 9th Coast Artillery District
  1935-1936, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1899-1913 Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
  1900-1900 Boxer Rebellion (China Relief Service)
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1880-1884, Virginia Military Institute
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