Col. James H. Reeves commanded the 353rd Infantry, with the exception of two brief periods when he commanded the 177th Brigade, from the time of its orgaization until demobilization. He lead the regiment in all of its campaigns, on the march into Germany, and remained with it throughout the entire period of service in the Army of Occupation. The 353rd Infantry was the Colonel's Own Regiment.
Colonel Reeves was born in Center, Cherokee County, Alabama, on September 20, 1870. At the approximate age of 18 years he entered West Point Military Academy on September 1, 1888. His record as an officer of the United States Army dates from his graduation as follows:
Second Lieutenant, 4th Cavalry, June 11,1892.
Prior to his service in the World War Colonel Reeves had had large military experience. A resume of his experience follows:
|1895-1897||Infantry and Cavalry School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.|
|1898||During the months of May to November, Aide de Camp to General Joseph Wheeler. Spanish-American War.|
|1899||February to July, 1900, Cuban Army of Occupation.|
|1900||July, to December, 1900, Boxer Campaign in China. Aide de Camp to General James H. Wilson, April to November.|
|1900-1902||Military Attache, American Legation, Peking, China.|
|1903||Commanded Troop, 14th Cavalry, Fort Grant, Arizona.|
|1903-1905||Commanded Troop, 14th Cavalry, in the Philippine Islands.|
|1905-1907||Civil Government Service, Philippine Islands.|
|1907-1912||Military Attache, Peking, China.|
|1913||Joined 3rd Cavalry February 7, serving at Fort Sam Houston and Mexican border to August 20, 1917.|
|1915||Service at the Mounted Service School, Fort Riley, Kansas, during months from March to June.|
|1915-1916||Adjutant 3rd Cavalry to June, 1916.|
The account of achievements set forth in the following pages attest to the further record of the man who was known throughout his regiment as "Our Colonel."
Organized at Camp Funston, Kansas, September 5, 1917.
Left Camp Funston, May 26, 1918.
Sailed from Hoboken (111 officers, 3401 enlisted men) June 4, 1918.
Reynal Training Area, France, June 24-August 4, 1918.
Occupation Lucey Sector, August 5-September 12, 1918.
St. Mihiel Offensive, September 12-16.
Euvezin Sector, September 16-October 7.
Reserve Fifth Corps, October 9-19.
Meuse-Argonne Offensive-Bantheville Woods, October 19-November 1.
Final drive Meuse-Argonne Offensive, November 1.
Barricourt Woods-Tailly and Army Line, November 2.
Stenay, November 11.
Army of Occupation November 24-May 6, 1919.
U. S. S. Leviathan (105 officers, 2533 enlisted men) Port of Brest, France, May 14.
U. S. A. May 22, 1919.
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