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Halstead Dorey (February 7, 1874 – June 19, 1946) was a highly decorated officer in the United States Army with the rank of Major General. A graduate of West Point, Dorey distinguished himself as Colonel and Commanding officer, 4th Infantry Regiment during World War I and was decorated with Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military award for extreme gallantry in combat, and also received the Distinguished Service Medal.[1][2]

Halstead Dorey
Born(1874-02-07)February 7, 1874
St. Louis, Missouri
DiedJune 19, 1946(1946-06-19) (aged 72)
San Antonio, Texas
Allegiance United States
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1897–1935
RankUS-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Commands heldHawaiian Department
Hawaiian Division
2nd Infantry Division
4th Infantry Regiment
Battles/warsSpanish–American War

Philippine–American War
World War I

AwardsDistinguished Service Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (3)
Purple Heart

Following the War, he rose to the general's rank and commanded famed 2nd Infantry Division or Hawaiian Department and retired from active duty in 1935.[3]



Halstead Dorey was born on February 7, 1874 in St. Louis, Missouri as the son of William A. Dorey and Georgiana B. Banks. Following the graduation from the Shattuck Military Academy in Faribault, Minnesota, Dorey received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York in May 1893, where he excelled and reached the rank of Cadet Captain and capacity of battalion commander.[3]

Among his classmates were several other future generals: Thomas Q. Ashburn, Harry G. Bishop, Albert J. Bowley, Charles H. Bridges, Sherwood A. Cheney, Edgar T. Collins, Edgar T. Conley, William D. Connor, Harley B. Ferguson, Harold B. Fiske, Frank Ross McCoy, Andrew Moses or Charles DuVal Roberts.

Leonard Wood and Halstead Dorey at the New York Yankees game in 1917

He graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in June 1897 and was commissioned second lieutenant in the Infantry branch. Dorey was subsequently assigned to the 23rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Brown, Texas and remained there until he was transferred to the 4th Infantry Regiment.[3]

Dorey sailed with the regiment to Cuba in April 1898 during the Spanish–American War and took part in the Battle of El Caney and Siege of Santiago in July that year. He later took part in the Philippine–American War and served as 4th Infantry Regiment's Aide-de-Camp in the combat operations against Moros at Zamboanga and Manila. Dorey commanded as Captain the battalion of Philippine Scouts at Mindanao and was appointed Aide-de-Camp to Major general Leonard Wood, who served as the governor of Moro Province, a stronghold of Muslim rebellion. Dorey was decorated with his first Silver Star for his bravery on Philippines.[2]

Following the United States' entry into World War I in April 1917, Dorey was appointed Aide-de-Camp to his former superior and now Commanding general of Camp Funston, Kansas, Major general Leonard Wood. General Wood was responsible for the training of nearly 40,000 men and appointed Dorey as a commanding officer of the Citizens' Military Training Camp, the first businessmen's training camp at Plattsburgh, New York. He later received temporary promotion to Colonel and embarked for France in early 1918. Dorey assumed duty as Commanding officer, 4th Infantry Regiment and led it for the duration of the War.[3][4]

Dorey led his regiment during the defensive actions of Aisne, Château-Thierry, Second Battle of the Marne, and in the Third Battle of the Aisne, Saint-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne offensives. He distinguished himself in the combats north of Montfaucon on October 15, 1918, when during a 12 days' continuous fighting against stubborn resistance, his regiment suffered heavy casualties. Colonel Dorey, himself suffering from a painful wound, went forward from his post of command through a heavy enemy barrage to the front line, where he reorganized his forces and directed the attacking units for two days, until he was again severely wounded. His conspicuous bravery inspired his troops to the successful assault of a strongly fortified ravine and woods which were of vital importance and resulted in the capture of numerous prisoners and much material.[2]

He remained in command of the regiment until October 20, 1918, when he was ordered to the rear for treatment. For his service with 4th Infantry Regiment, Dorey received Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest military award for extreme gallantry in combat, and Army Distinguished Service Medal. He was also decorated with Legion of Honour, rank Officer and Croix de guerre 1914–1918 with Palm by the Government of France.[3][2]

Following the war, Dorey reached the rank of Brigadier general and commanded 14th Infantry Brigade from January 30, 1923 to February 12, 1925; 18th Infantry Brigade from December 1927 to October 16, 1928 and graduated from the Army War College. He was promoted to Major general in November 1933 and assumed command of 2nd Infantry Division following month.[3]

Dorey was ordered to Hawaii in June 1934 and commanded Hawaiian Division with additional duty as temporary commanding general of Hawaiian Department until March 1935. General Dorey retired from active duty in December 1935 and settled at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.[3]

Upon his retirement, Dorey was active in Army and Navy Club and Episcopal Church. Major general Halstead Dorey died on June 19, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas and was buried at United States Military Academy Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Theodora Cheney Dorey of Manchester, Connecticut and his daughters: Edna Dorey and Georgiana.[4]

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Military offices
Preceded by
James C. Gowen
Commanding General, Hawaiian Division
June 2, 1934 – December 5, 1935
Succeeded by
James C. Gowen
Preceded by
Albert J. Bowley
Commanding General, 2nd Infantry Division
December 1933 – June 1, 1934
Succeeded by
Charles Howland


  1. ^ "Gen. Halstead Dorey. Retired Army Officer Led 2d Infantry Division, Dies at 72". New York Times. June 20, 1946. Retrieved 2015-04-25.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Valor awards for Halstead Dorey". Militarytimes Websites. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Halstead Dorey 1897 - West Point Association of Graduates".
  4. ^ a b "MG Halstead Dorey (1874 – 1946) – Find A Grave Memorial".