Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston

Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston commanded the US Army, Pacific (Hawaiian Department) from 1913-1914. After attending the University of Kansas he worked for the US Department of Agriculture in expeditions to Death Valley and to Alaska. In Alaska, he traversed the entire territory and floated down the Yukon River alone in a canoe. He then received a direct commission as Captain of Artillery in 1896 into the Cuban insurgent army.

At the start of the Spanish-American War Funston returned to the US and commanded the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry as a colonel in the Philippines. There he served under Gen. Arthur MacArthur, father of Douglas, and crossed a river on a bamboo raft under enemy fire in order to secure a crossing for US troops that helped win an important battle. For this feat of bravery he was promoted to brigadier general and later received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Wounded at Santo Tomas, he later commanded an expedition that captured the Philippine insurgent leader.

Gen. Funston returned to the US to command various departments, including the military Department of California during the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. After his Hawaiian command, he commanded the 2nd Division at Texas City, Texas, and led the Expedition to Vera Cruz where he was military governor during most of 1914. On 17 November 1914, the Army promoted him to major general. He commanded US forces along the Mexican border in 1916 and US troop movements in Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa. He died on 19 February 1917. 



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