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William Peirce Ennis
Nickname Roaring Bill[1]
Born (1878-01-30)January 30, 1878
Died July 28, 1968(1968-07-28) (aged 90)
Place of birth Presidio of San Francisco, California
Place of death Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1901–1941
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier general
Service number 0-1331
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Spouse(s) Eda Totten[1]

William Peirce Ennis (January 30, 1878 – July 28, 1968) was a United States Army officer in the early 20th century. He received the Distinguished Service Medal.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Ennis was born in the Presidio of San Francisco on January 30, 1878, though he spent much of his early life in Newport, Rhode Island. His father, Lieutenant William Ennis, served on the 4th Artillery and from 1933 to 1938 was the oldest living graduate of the United States Military Academy. Ennis went to USMA himself, graduating in 1901 and being commissioned into the Artillery Corps.[1]

Ennis served at Fort Hamilton from 1901 to 1904, West Point from 1904 to 1908, and at Fort Reno from 1908 to 1911. He was considered one of the best trainers of artillery horses in the country. Ennis went to the Philippines in 1912 with the First Battalion of the First Field Artillery, though he and the others rejoined the rest of the regiment in 1913. He returned to West Point in 1915 in order to command his artillery detachment. In late 1917, Ennis went to Fort Sill in order to serve as a senior instructor in the Department of Materiel of the School of Fire. He was promoted to Colonel in May 1918 and served as the director of the Department of Materiel, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal.[1][2] After Ennis's promotion to the rank of brigadier general on August 8, 1918, he assumed command over the 13th Field Artillery Regiment brigade stationed at Fort Lewis.[1]

After World War I ended, Ennis reverted to the rank of major and spent six years as a student at the United States Army War College, and he served on the General Staff assignments.[1] From 1922 to 1925, he served as a G-4 in Panama. From 1929 to 1931, Ennis commanded the Second Battalion of the 16th Field Artillery and afterward had General Staff duty in Boston. He commanded the 6th Field Artillery at Fort Hoyle in Maryland for three years. In addition to these positions, Ennis usually commanded the First Field Artillery Brigade and the post at the same time.[3]

After retiring from the military in 1941, Ennis and his family moved to Martha's Vineyard, where they lived for 27 years. He died on July 28, 1968.[3]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Ennis married Eda Totten on April 25, 1903. He is the father of William P. Ennis, who became a lieutenant general and served as the president of the Army War College.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Davis, Jr. 1998, p. 120.
  2. "William Peirce Ennis". The Hall of Valor Project – Military Times Media Group. https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/17512. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Davis, Jr. 1998, p. 121.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • Davis, Jr., Henry Blaine (1998). Generals in Khaki. Raleigh, North Carolina: Pentland Press. ISBN 1571970886. OCLC 40298151. 

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