Snow, William J.

1926 ALS while (1st) US Army Chief of Field Artillery, “Father” of Fort Bragg

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(1868-1947) USMA 1890, 1st field artillery officer graduate of the Army War College in 1908. A founder of the “United States Field Artillery Journal” 1910. Pioneer in development and improvement of the field artillery, served as Chief of that Branch (1st US Army Chief of Field Artillery) from 1918 until his 1927 retirement. Received Distinguished Service Medal for conspicuous service in improving the efficiency of the field artillery. His WW I memoir, “Signposts of Experience”, was published by the Field Artillery Association in 1941. 10 ½ x 8 ALS while Chief of US Army Field Artillery, Washington, January 1 1926, 2pp (1 sheet), to Mrs. Meloney, letter of sympathy on death of her husband, Bill. Snow praises his friend, adding: “I think I can bestow no higher praise on any man than to say he was a good soldier”. With unsigned carbon copy of Mrs. Meloney’s response to Major General Snow. To prepare for WW I, the Army needed to expand its field artillery training facilities. Chief of Field Artillery General Snow sought an area south of the Potomac with a climate for year-round training near a port of embarkation and the railroads. After a geological survey found this area suitable, Congress allocated $14.5M to establish Camp (Fort) Bragg. On Sept. 4, 1918, construction began. Marie Mattingly Meloney (1878-1943) American journalist and editor. In 1895 became a reporter for the Washington Post, then chief of the Washington bureau of the Denver Post in 1897 at age 18. In 1900 moved to NYC working briefly for the World, the Herald, and the Sun (1901–04), to which she contributed a column called “Men About Town.” M. William B. Meloney, an editor on the Sun June 1904 and retired to domestic life for a decade. Edited Woman’s Magazine 1914-20, associate editor of Herald, and the Sun (1901–04), to which she contributed a column called “Men About Town.” M. William B. Meloney, an editor on the Sun June 1904 and retired to domestic life for a decade. Edited Woman’s Magazine 1914-20, associate editor of Everybody’s 1917-20, edited the Delineator 1921-26. In her position as a women’s magazine editor, promoted campaigns for relief for postwar Europe (for which she was decorated by France and Belgium), and cancer research, toward which she raised $100,000 to purchase a gram of radium for Marie Curie in 1921. Named editor of the Sunday magazine of the New York Herald Tribune 1926, and in 1930 organized the first annual Herald Tribune Forum on Current Problems, prestigious event that drew statesmen from around the world. In 1935 became editor of This Week, experimental Sunday magazine published by the Herald Tribune and distributed with it and other newspapers around the reaching circulation of six million, resigned 1942. William B. Meloney (1878-1925) journalist, playwright, author, soldier, man of the sea. Briefly jailed as young man for attempting to restore Queen Liliuokalani to Hawaiian throne, San Francisco and NYC newsman, aide to NYC mayors Gayner and Mitchell. In WW I, served as an artillery officer in France, gassed in Meuse-Argonne offensive. Became shipping expert and author, wrote history of shipping, “The Heritage of Tyre” (praised by Joseph Conrad and railroad tycoon James B. Hill).

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