Bishop, Harry Gore, MG

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Last Rank
Major General
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
00GC-Commanding General
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1930-1934, 2025, United States Department of War
Service Years
1897 - 1934

Field Artillery

Major General

Three Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Grand Rapids
Last Address
Washington, D.C.

Casualty Date
Aug 31, 1934
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
District Of Columbia
World War I
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course1st Battalion, 8th Artillery3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd DivisionU.S. Army
Army War College (Staff)Philippine DepartmentHawaiian DepartmentUnited States Department of War
  1911-1912, 6, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1916-1917, HHB, 1st Battalion, 8th Artillery
  1916-1917, Hawaiian Department
  1918-1918, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 3rd Division
  1918-1919, 1193, American Expeditionary Force
  1919-1920, 6, Army War College (Staff)
  1921-1925, Philippine Department
  1925-1930, Hawaiian Department
  1930-1934, 2025, United States Department of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1916-1917 Mexican Service Campaign (1911-1919)/Pancho Villa Expedition (1916-1917)
  1917-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Champagne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
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United States Military Academy
  1893-1897, United States Military Academy
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Army Artillery Chief Four Years

Washington, August 31, 1934 – Major General Harry G. Bishop, Chief of Artillery of the Army from 1930 to 1934, was found shot to death this afternoon at his home in 16th Street.  He was 59 years old.

A verdict of suicide was rendered some hours later after an investigation by the coroner.  He had been in bad health for the last year and was frequently under treatment at the Walter Reed Hospital.

General Bishop was one of the most distinguished Army officers and was the holder of citations in two wars.  He completed his tour of duty at Chief of Artillery last March 9 and only today was notified that he had been retired for disability with the rank of Major General.  Worry over the notification, it was reported among friends, was probably responsible for his act.

Mrs. Bishop, who survives, is the former wife of Major General Benjamin D. Foulois, Chief of the Army Air Corps.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 22, 1874, General Bishop was appointed to West Point from Indiana in 1893.

After a year in the Infantry he was transferred to the Field Artillery.  After nearly 40 years of an arduous Army career he rose to be Chief of that branch of the service.

General Bishop saw service on the Mexican Border during the disturbances in 1916 and when the United States entered the World War was made a Brigadier General.

He commanded the 159th Field Artillery in France and later was transferred to the Third Artillery Brigade in command.  He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his record during the Meuse-Argonne offensive and was made an officer of the French Legion of Honor.

After the war he served as Chief of the Philippine Department.  He returned to the United States In 1925 to command the 15th Field Artillery at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He was in command of the Hawaiian Department until his appointment as Chief of Artillery.



As a young man, Bishop wrote several short stories, some of which would now be considered science fiction. These were:

  • On the Martian Way, November 1907 in The Broadway Magazine. This story is notable for being one of the earliest to feature an imagined future society in which space travel is commonplace. It was reprinted in Amazing Stories (February, 1927) and in Star Magazine (July, 1931).

  • Congealing the Ice Trust, December 1907 in The New Broadway Magazine

  • Mogul, January 1912 in Everybody's Magazine.

Later works were purely military in character:

  • Elements of Modern Field Artillery - U.S. Service (1914, 2nd ed. 1917)

  • Operation Orders, Field Artillery: A Study in the Technique of Battle Orders (1916)

  • Field Artillery: The King of Battles (1935)

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