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Field Artillery Journal - Nov 1932

Field Artillery Journal - Nov 1932

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No. 6, November-December, 1932
 
AUTHORS ALONE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THEIR ARTICLES
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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM S. McNAIR 
 
THE FIELD ARTILLERY JOURNAL
 
VOL. XXII NOVEMBER-DECEMBER, 1932 No. 6
MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM S. McNAIR 
T
HE Field Artillery bows to the inevitable passage of time andregretfully observes the retirement of one of its most efficient,esteemed, and honored officers.Upon graduation from West Point in the Class of 1890, WilliamS. McNair was assigned to and served with the 5th and 3d Artilleryat Washington Barracks, Fort McHenry, and Fort Barrancas. After graduation from the Artillery School in 1896, he served at thePresidio of San Francisco until 1900, at which time he was sent toChina with the Boxer Relief Expedition. Late that same year, hewas returned to Manila, where, in April, 1902, as a captain, he wasassigned to the command of the 25th Battery of Field Artillery. Ascommanding officer of this unit against the Moros in the MindanaoCampaign of 1902 and 1903, he was cited for gallantry in action.Bringing this battery back to Fort Riley, Kansas, for station in1903, he commanded it until 1907. This was during the time that itand the other field artillery batteries, at that post, were being usedto develop the drill regulations and tactics of modern quick firingfield artillery with which our field artillery, at that time, was beingre-armed.On separation of the Coast and Field Artillery in 1907, he wasassigned to the 6th Field Artillery at Fort Riley, where, in 1910, hewas promoted to the grade of Major. Until 1913 and for the fiveyears preceding, he was a member of the Field Artillery Board,which, during the period cited, performed pioneer work of inestimable value to the Field Artillery.After graduation from the Army War College in 1914, he wasreturned to the 6th Field Artillery, where he served with it on theMexican Border until November, 1914, at which time he wasdetailed with the Inspector General's Department in Washington.In 1916, he was appointed a Brigadier General in the New York  National Guard and commanded the Field Artillery Brigade of that state during its period of Federal Service on the MexicanBorder. In February, 1917, he was assigned to command the 6th
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