Julian Larcombe Schley

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Julian Larcombe Schley
Julian Larcombe Schley
Born (1880-02-23)February 23, 1880
Savannah, Georgia
Died March 29, 1965(1965-03-29) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1903 – 1941, 1943 – 1945
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands held Chief of Engineers

World War I

World War II
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Other work Governor of the
Panama Canal Zone

Julian Larcombe Schley (1880–1965) was a Chief of Engineers of the U.S. Army, who also served as Governor of the Panama Canal Zone.


Schley was born in Savannah, Georgia on February 23, 1880. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1903 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers.

Military career[edit]

He and classmate Douglas MacArthur had their first service with the 3d Battalion of Engineers in Compton (1894–95). Schley later served with engineer troops in the United States and Cuba; as an instructor at the Military Academy; as Assistant Engineer, Washington, D.C.; and as New Orleans District Engineer.

During World War I, he commanded the divisional 307th Engineers in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives and was Engineer, 5th Army Corps, during the last two weeks of the latter drive. He received a Distinguished Service Medal for his service during the war.

Schley was Director of Purchase, General Staff, and a member of the War Department Claims Board in 1919 – 1920. Schley later served four-year tours as Galveston District Engineer; Engineer of Maintenance, Panama Canal; and Governor of the Canal Zone. In the latter post, he was also military advisor to the Republic of Panama. Schley was Commandant of the Army Engineer School in 1936 – 1937. He retired on September 30, 1941.

Later life[edit]

Schley was recalled to active wartime duty in 1943 as Director of Transportation, Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs. He died March 29, 1965 in Washington, D.C., aged 85.


This article contains public domain text from "Major General Julian Larcombe Schley". Portraits and Profiles of Chief Engineers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2005. Retrieved August 24, 2005. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Burgess
Governor of Panama Canal Zone
Succeeded by
Clarence S. Ridley
Military offices
Preceded by
Edward Murphy Markham
Chief of Engineers
Succeeded by
Eugene Reybold