John L. Hines
|John Leonard Hines|
General John L. Hines
May 21, 1868|
White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
|Died||October 13, 1968
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery, Section 7, Lot 8001|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1891–1932|
|Commands held||1st Brigade, 1st Division
VIII Corps Area
Army Chief of Staff
IX Corps Area
Department of the Philippines
World War I
|Awards||Distinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Croix de guerre
Born in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Hines graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of Infantry on June 12, 1891. His first assignment was to the 2nd Infantry Regiment. Hines served with the regiment in Nebraska and Montana from 1891 to 1898 where he married Harriet Schofield "Rita" Wherry, one of the daughters of Brigadier General William M. Wherry and Alice Grammer.
Hines served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and in the Philippines during the Philippine-American War. He was adjutant of the Mexican Punitive Expedition in 1916-17 under General John J. Pershing.
During World War I, Hines experienced a meteoric rise in rank as he was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel in May 1917, then to colonel (November 1917), brigadier general (April 1918), and, in August 1918, to temporary major general—four grades in 16 months. He assumed successively larger commands—from regiment to brigade, division, and finally, corps.
Hines commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Division, from May to August 1918 during which Hines time he received the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest U.S. Army decoration for valor, for "extraordinary heroism in action near Berzy-le-Sec, France, July 21, 1918."
On August 16, 1918, Hines took command of 4th Division. Hines commanded the 4th ID during the American operations at St. Mihiel and in the Meuse-Argonne until October 11, 1918. Hines then took command of III Corps, leading it during the final engagements of the war and the occupation of Germany. He was promoted to permanent major general in March 1921.
In December 1922, he was assigned as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, and became Army Chief of Staff on September 14, 1924. His Army biography states that as Chief of Staff, he "stressed the need for balance in funding and personnel for all parts of the permanent establishment, pointed up the effects of strength deficiencies upon Army capability to meet the provisions of the National Defense Act of 1920, and urged action on housing and promotions to promote personnel retention."
On May 7, 1925 Hines dedicated the landing field at the Vancouver Barracks in Vancouver, Washington to the memory of Lieutenant Alexander Pearson, Jr. who was killed on September 2, 1924 in Fairfield, Ohio while flying the Curtiss R-8 in preparation for the upcoming Pulitzer Trophy Race.
In 1926, after completing his tour as Army Chief of Staff, Hines took command of the IX Corps Area in California, which he led until 1930. In 1930, Hines became commanding general of the Department of the Philippines. He retired in May 1932.
Hines died in Washington, DC, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center at age 100. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. The only American generals to have celebrated their 100th birthdays are John L. Hines, James Van Fleet, and William Glascow as of 2006[update].
Family and Legacy
Hines' son, Col. John L. Hines, Jr. (1905–1986), served in World War II with the 6th Armored Division, commanding the division's Combat Command A from November 1944 to March 1945. He was twice decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross and was severely wounded outside Frankfurt, Germany when an 88mm antitank shell grazed his face.
Dates of rank
- Second Lieutenant, USA - June 1891
- First Lieutenant, USA - April 1898
- Captain, USA - December 1900
- Major, USA - May 1912
- Lieutenant Colonel, USA - May 1917
- Colonel, USA - October 1917
- Brigadier General, National Army - April 1918
- Major General, National Army - August 1918
- Brigadier General, USA - November 1918
- Major General, USA - March 1921
- General, USA (retired) - June 1940
Awards and decorations
- Distinguished Service Cross
- Distinguished Service Medal
- Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (UK)
- Commandeur Légion d'honneur (France)
- Croix de guerre (France)
- Commander Order of Léopold (Belgium)
- Order of the Crown (Italy)
- Medal of Solidarity, 1918 (Panama)
- GO 56 General Orders No. 56 HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY. Secretary of the Army. 2010-05-24. URL:http://www.army.mil/usapa/epubs/pdf/go6856.pdf. Accessed: 2010-05-24. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5pxVjovrV)
- The Fourth Division: Its Services and Achievements in the World War. Garden City, NY: Country Life Press. 1920. p. 128.
- Tucker, Spencer (2009). The Encyclopedia of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 1-85109-951-4.
- West Virginia history, Volume 38,West Virginia. Dept. of Archives and History, 1976, p. 227
- United States Postal Service - USA Philatelic. Distinguished Soldiers (2000). Beyond the Perf - Issue 12. 2010-05-24. URL:http://www.beyondtheperf.com/content/distinguished-service-biographical-summaries. Accessed: 2010-05-24. (Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/5pxOvSj8I)
- The Fourth Division: Its Services and Achievements in the World War. Garden City, NY: Country Life Press. 1920. p. 281.
- Bell, William Gardner (2005). "John Leonard Hines". Commanding Generals and Chiefs of Staff: Portraits and Biographical Sketchs. United States Army Center of Military History. pp. 116–117.
- Alley, William (2006). Pearson Field. New York: Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-7385-3129-4.
- War as I knew it. Mariner Books. 19950508. p. 275. ISBN 0-395-73529-7.
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