Omar Bundy

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Omar Bundy
Omar Bundy.jpg
Born(1861-06-17)June 17, 1861
New Castle, Indiana, U.S.
DiedJanuary 20, 1940(1940-01-20) (aged 78)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Buried
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchSeal of the United States Department of War.png United States Army
Years of service1883–1925
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Commands held2nd Division
Philippine Division
Seventh Corps Area
Battles/warsIndian Wars
Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
World War I
AwardsDistinguished Service Medal
2nd Division Medal
Silver Star
Légion d'honneur (France)
Croix de Guerre (France)

Omar Bundy (June 17, 1861 – January 20, 1940) was a U.S. Army general who participated in the Indian Wars and the Spanish–American War in Cuba, fought in the Philippine Insurrection and the Moro Expedition, and commanded a regiment on the Mexican border. After serving in France during World War I, he was made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Bundy was born in 1861 in New Castle, Indiana to Martin and Amanda Bundy.[2]

He graduated from the Military Academy in 1883.[2]

Early military career[edit]

He served on the American frontier, participating in the Indian Wars campaigns against Crow and Sioux Indians. During the Spanish–American War he fought with the 5th Army Corps in Cuba, and received the Silver Star for gallantry at the Battle of El Caney. From 1899 to 1902, he served in the Philippines during the insurrection and subsequently, after teaching law at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, participated in the Moro Expedition in the Philippines in 1905–1906. Bundy served within the United States until 1917, where he commanded a regiment on the United States–Mexico border.[3]

During World War I[edit]

Bundy (2nd from the right) with General James Harbord (right) and Secretary of War Newton D. Baker (2nd from the left) in 1918.

In 1917, he assumed command of the 1st Brigade, 1st Expeditionary Division, and in June he sailed for France. As a division and corps commander during World War I, he participated in the occupation of the Toulon and Troyon Sectors near Saint-Mihiel, served in the Aisne-Marne operations, and took part in the occupations of Chateau-Thierry.[4] Following the war, he commanded Fort Lee, Virginia, the Seventh Corps Area, the Philippine Division, and the Fifth Corps Area.[3]

For his services in World War I, General Bundy was awarded the French Legion of Honor, Commander, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm.

Later life and death[edit]

Bundy retired on June 17, 1925 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 64.[5]

Upon his retirement, he was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal. In January 1934, president Franklin Delano Roosevelt awarded him the 2nd Division Medal.[6] Bundy died in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1940.[1] He is buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery alongside his wife, Addie Harden Bundy (b. Knightstown, Indiana, August 31, 1860 – d. Washington, D.C., October 5, 1953).[7]

Legacy[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Omar Bundy Dies. General In A.E.F. Leader of 2d Division in Battle of Chateau-Thierry, 78. Had Been Ill for Two Years. Won Command Of Corps. Born in Indiana, He Served Also in War With Spain and Philippine Revolt". New York Times. Associated Press.
  2. ^ a b Davis Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Pentland Press, Inc. p. 58. ISBN 1571970886. OCLC 40298151.
  3. ^ a b "General Omar Bundy", Navy Historical Center, Department of the Navy.
  4. ^ World War I: The Belfort Ruse HistoryNet.com
  5. ^ Davis Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Pentland Press, Inc. p. 59. ISBN 1571970886. OCLC 40298151.
  6. ^ Seventy-First Annual Report of the Annual Report of the Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. 1940.
  7. ^ Omar Bundy Arlington National Cemetery.

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