Howze, Robert Lee, MG

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Major General
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00GC-Commanding General
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General Officer
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1925-1926, V Corps
Service Years
1888 - 1926


Major General

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Date of Passing
Sep 19, 1926
Location of Interment
West Point Cemetery - West Point, New York
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Army Medal of Honor

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during the Pine Ridge Campaign

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, Company K, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At White River, S. Dak., 1 January 1891. Entered service at: Overton, Rusk County, Tex. Born: 22 August 1864, Overton, Rusk County, Tex. Date of issue: 25 July 1891.

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ROBERT LEE HOWZE (1864 ~ 1926). Robert "Bob" Lee Howze was born on August 22, 1864, to Captain James A. Howze, of the 14th Texas Cavalry, and Amanda Hamilton Howze in Overton, Rusk County, Texas.

In 1883, Howze graduated from Hubbard College in Overton, after which he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1888 after graduation and stationed with the cavalry at Overton.

Howze was then assigned to Company K of the 6th U.S. Cavalry in Fort Wingate, New Mexico, and participated in the Pine Ridge Campaign from November 1890 to January 1891. 

On January 1, 1891, the 6th Cavalry crossed the frozen White River in South Dakota to engage a group of Brule Sioux. During the battle, Howze distinguished himself by showing bravery in action sufficient to be presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor, though his exact actions are not mentioned on his Medal of Honor citation. 

He married Anne Chiffelle Hawkins, daughter of General Hamilton S. Hawkins, on February 24, 1897.

Beginning in 1898 and ending in 1904, Howze commanded several units in the Spanish American War in Cuba, the Philippine Insurrection, and in the occupation of Puerto Rico. He earned a Silver Star (a citation, not the current Silver Star Medal) for actions during the Battle of Santiago in Cuba in addition to a Silver Citation for actions in northern Luzon, in the Philippines.

Upon his return from the Caribbean in 1905, Howze was appointed as Commandant of Cadets at West Point, where he remained until 1909. In 1907 he threatened to discharge an entire class from the Academy over a hazing incident.

Howze was a Major in the 11th Cavalry during General Pershing's expedition into Mexico in 1916. Though the expedition was unable to locate Pancho Villa, Major Howze was commended for bravery and military preparedness for commanding the unit which rescued Captain L. H. Morey at Carrizal.

In 1917, Howze was promoted to Brigadier General and assigned to Fort Bliss, Texas. He was then promoted during World War I to Major General of the 38th Division, which fought in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during October of 1918. 

He commanded the Third Division's march on the Rhine River, followed by commanding the Third Army of Occupation in Germany in 1919. For his service in command of the Third Army he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the French Croix de Guerre and Legion of Honor.

After WWI, General Howze was given command of the military district of El Paso. He was appointed the permanent rank of Brigadier General, then promoted to the permanent rank of Major General, organized and trained the First Cavalry Division, and remained with that unit until 1925. 

General Howze was transferred to command the Fifth Corps Area in Columbus, Ohio. He died there on September 19, 1926, and was buried in the U.S. Military Academy Cemetery.

Camp Howze, a large World War II training facility near Gainesville, Texas, was named in his honor, as well as Camp Howze - located in South Korea.

. Two of his sons attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; both went on to serve as generals in the Army.

Army Distinguished Service Medal

Army Distinguished Service Medal

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Robert Lee Howze, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Commander of the 3d Division on its march to the Rhine and during the occupation of the enemy territory General Howze proved himself energetic and capable, exhibiting superb qualities of leadership. He maintained an unusually high standard of efficiency in his unit, rendering eminently conspicuous service as a Division Commander.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1883, US Military Academy (West Point, NY)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolU.S. Army3rd US Cavalry United States Military Academy West Point (Staff-USMA)
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment38th Infantry Division3rd Infantry Division3rd Army
1st Cavalry Division V Corps
  1883-1888, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1888-1897, 6th US Cavalry
  1898-1900, 3rd US Cavalry
  1898-1904, Philippine-American War Units
  1898-1904, Spanish-American War Units
  1905-1909, Office of the Commandant, United States Corps of Cadets, United States Military Academy
  1909-1916, HHT, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
  1917-1918, 38th Infantry Division
  1918-1918, American Expeditionary Force
  1918-1919, 3rd Infantry Division
  1919-1921, 3rd Army
  1921-1925, HHC, 1st Cavalry Division
  1925-1926, V Corps
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1888-1898 Indian Wars (US)
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Kettle Hill
  1898-1898 Spanish-American War/Battle of San Juan Hill
  1899-1905 Moro Rebellion (Philippines)
  1911-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
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  1883-1888, United States Military Academy
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