Francis K. Newcomer

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Francis Kosier Newcomer
Born September 14, 1889
Byron, Illinois
Died August 16, 1967(1967-08-16) (aged 77)
Fort Sam Houston, Texas
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1913–1952
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held Governor of the Panama Canal Zone
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Cross
Legion of Merit
Relations BG Henry C. Newcomer

Francis Kosier Newcomer (September 14, 1889 – August 16, 1967) was a decorated officer of the United States Army with the rank of Brigadier general. He is most noted for his service as a Governor of the Panama Canal Zone from 1948 to 1952.


Francis Kosier Newcomer was born on September 14, 1889 in Byron, Illinois as a son of Brigadier General Henry C. Newcomer and his wife Rebecca. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduate in June 1913. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 12, 1913.

His first assignment was with the 1st Engineer Battalion, which was stationed at Washington Barracks. Within this capacity, he was appointed to the local United States Engineering School from which he graduated in 1916.

He served as Panama Canal maintenance engineer 1944-48. From 1948-52 he served as Governor of the Panama Canal Zone.


Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Distinguished Service Cross
2nd Row Legion of Merit World War I Victory Medal with Aisne-Marne and Defensive battle clasps Army of Occupation of Germany Medal American Defense Service Medal
3rd Row American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two service stars World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal

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Preceded by
Joseph C. Mehaffey
Governor of Panama Canal Zone
Succeeded by
John S. Seybold