McCoy, Frank Ross, 1874-1954

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Birth 1874-10-29
Death 1954-06-04

Biographical notes:

Epithet: President Foreign Policy Association New York

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Frank R. McCoy was a United States (U.S.) Army captain in the 3rd U.S. Army.

From the description of The Frank R. McCoy papers, 1903-1939. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 48043213

Army officer.

From the description of Papers of Frank Ross McCoy, 1847-1957 (bulk 1892-1954). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449413

Frank Ross McCoy (b. Oct. 29, 1874, Lewistown, Pennsylvania-d. June 4, 1954), Major General in the U.S. Army, graduated from West Point in 1897. He served as aide-de-camp to President Theodore Roosevelt and Secretary of War, William H. Taft. He was commanding officer of a cavalry patrol on the Mexican border, military attaché in Mexico City, and commanding general of the 63rd Infantry Brigade and director general of transportation in the American Expeditionary Forces in 1918 and 1919. Following World War I, he was assistant to the governor general of the Philippines, and was commander of IV Corps Area, 1st Cavalry Division, VII Corps Area, VI Corps Area, and II Corps Area until his retirement in 1938. General McCoy returned to active duty as a member of the Roberts Commission investigating the Pearl Harbor attack, as chairman of a military commission trying Nazi saboteurs and spies, and as chairman of the Far Eastern Commission from 1945 to 1949.

From the description of McCoy, Frank Ross, 1874-1954 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10572922

Frank R. McCoy was a United States (U.S.) Army officer. He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1897. He was wounded at the Battle of San Juan Hill in 1898. He then served as military aide to President Theodore Roosevelt and aide-de-camp (ADC) to Major General Leonard Wood. He took part in the fighting in the Philippines and on the Mexican Border chasing Mexican bandits. During WWI, he saw service in France as colonel of the 165th Infantry Regiment and was promoted to brigadier general commanding the 63rd Infantry Brigade in late 1918. He returned to service in the Philippines in the 1920s and was in charge of the American relief activities in Japan after an earthquake there in 1923. McCoy was appointed the personal representative of the President of the U.S. to Nicaragua (1927-1928). He was the commanding general (CG) of the II (2nd) Corps Area when he retired from the military in 1938.

From the description of Frank R. McCoy photograph collection. 1897-ca. 1950. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 51864936


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  • World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns
  • World War, 1914-1918--Photographs
  • Nazis
  • Military cadets--Photographs
  • Pearl Harbor (Hawaii), Attack on, 1941


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  • Philippines (as recorded)
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  • Hawaii (as recorded)
  • Mexican-American Border Region (as recorded)
  • Panama Canal (Panama) (as recorded)
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  • Philippines (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Nicaragua (as recorded)
  • Langley Field (Va.) (as recorded)