William Greenhow Doane
Commanding Officer (Temporary)
May 5, 1921 - July 5, 1921
June 12, 1922 - October 23, 1922 ?
William G. Doane was born in Omaha, Nebraska on September 13, 1865.
(In some accounts his middle name is spelled Greenough.)
He graduated from Sheffield Scientific School, a part of Yale University, in 1887.
He enlisted in the 3rd Nebraska
Volunteer Infantry on May 27, 1898 and was given a commission as
a 1st Lieutenant
on July 1, 1898. He served as the Regimental Adjutant with the unit in Cuba as part of the Army of Occupation
at the end of the Spanish-American War and was honorably mustered out of the 3rd Nebraska on May 11, 1899.
On August 17, 1899 Doane was
offered a position as a 1st Lieutenant in the 38th US Volunteer
and accepted that position on September 4, 1899. He served with the 38th Volunteer Infantry in the Philippines
and in 1901 was the administrator of the San Lazaro Hospital estate, which appears to have been at that time
a facility for the mentally ill.
The following report by
Brigadier General George W. Davis, the Provost-Marshall-General
Philippines was submitted to the Secretary of War in 1901 and commends Doane for performing
his duties at San Lazaro in an exemplary fashion. In the report Davis mistakenly gives Doane's unit as
the Thirtieth Infantry, U.S.V. Doane was at the time actually with the Thirty-eighth Infantry, U.S.V.
On February 2, 1901 Doane was
offered a commission as a 1st Lieutenant in the 16th Infantry,
then also in the Philippines.
He was honorably mustered out of the Volunteers on June 30, 1901 and accepted the commission in the Regular Army
on July 1, 1901. He served with the 16th Infantry in the Philippines until 1902 when the Regiment returned to the US.
On October 15, 1903, Doane filed
a claim with the War Department asking for back pay at the rate
of Captain, from the dates of
August 6, 1901 to March 6, 1902. During those dates Doane, as a 1st Lieutenant, and as the only commissioned officer present,
had assumed command of Company M of the 16th Infantry, on duty in the Philippines. Orders assigning him to command of
Company M had been issued by Colonel Charles C. Hood, commander of the 16th Infantry. Doane claimed that as Company
Commander he was entitled to pay during that period at the rate of Captain, the standard rank for a Company Commander.
He argued that this pay was provided for in the War Department Act of April 26, 1898 which stated that in time of war
an officer issued orders to perform command duty at a level above his grade should be paid at the higher grade
while performing those duties. His claim was denied on October 29, 1903 by Assistant Comptroller Mitchell, whose decision
in the matter stated that orders assigning Doane Command notwithstanding, it was the normal duty of every officer to assume
command, as the senior officer present, when the situation required and that since this duty was always temporary by nature
no increase in pay was warranted.
In a final irony to his rejected
claim, a little over a month later, on December 6, 1903 Doane was
Acting Judge Advocate of the Department of the Missouri with the temporary rank of Captain.
Special Orders No. 22.
1903-1904 detailing Doane to the position of Acting Judge
of the Department of the Missouri.
Photo of Officers of the
William G. Doane is in the back
row at the top,
At this time he held the temporary rank of Captain.
Photo from Omaha Daily Bee March 06, 1904
From the Nebraska Newspapers website
In May, 1905 Doane returned to
the Philippines with the 16th Infantry and on September 11 of
that year transferred to
the 22nd Infantry. He served with the 22nd Infantry for the next four years, in the Philippines, in San Francisco and Alaska.
On November 30, 1909 he was
officially transferred to the 9th Infantry. On December 18, 1909
he was promoted to
Captain of the 19th Infantry and on February 15, 1910 was transferred to the 25th Infantry, which was comprised of Negro
enlisted men led by white officers.
Doane became the Adjutant of the
25th Infantry on April 1, 1913. At some time during the years
he commanded the post at Fort Lawton, on Magnolia Bluff, Seattle, Washington.
On December 21, 1916 he was transferred to the 34th Infantry.
He was promoted to Major on
August 3, 1917. On August 5 of that year he was offered a
promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in the National Army, a position which he accepted on August 21, 1917.
During this time the 92nd
Division was being formed for service in France, made up of Negro
officers and enlisted men
with white officers in staff positions. Doane became the Executive Officer of the 367th Infantry Regiment when it
was organized at Camp Upton, New York on November 3, 1917. The 367th Infantry regiment was a part of the first
contingent of the 92nd Division that sailed for overseas, leaving the Port of Embarkation at Hoboken, New Jersey
on June 19, 1918 and arriving at Brest, France on June 29, 1918.
On October 18, 1918 Doane was
offered a temporary promotion to Colonel of Infantry (U.S.A.)
which he accepted
three days later on October 21. On October 24 Doane assumed command of the 367th Infantry and led the Regiment
in heavy combat during the battle for Metz in November 1918. The 367th Infantry was de-mobilized on March 7, 1919.
Doane was honorably discharged
from the U.S.A. on June 30, 1920 and reverted back to his rank of
Major in the
On July 1, 1920 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
From July 16 to November 18,
1920 he was with the 24th Infantry on the Mexican border at Camp
Columbus, New Mexico.
On November 18, 1920 Doane returned to the 22nd Infantry.
He temporarily commanded the
22nd Infantry from May 5, 1921 when Colonel John M.A. Palmer
until July 5, 1921 when Colonel Samson L. Faison assumed command of the Regiment.
From August 7 to September 5,
1921 he was the Commander of the 2nd Corps Citizens Military
at Plattsburg, New York.
This biography of William
The statement that Doane was
The 1st Battalion website could
The 1st Battalion website also
His name is also mis-spelled at
Article in Scarsdale Inquirer,
On June 12, 1922 Doane again
assumed command of the 22nd Infantry at Fort Jay, New York. He
brought the Regiment
to Fort McPherson, Georgia and was Commander of the Post there from June 14 to October 23, 1922.
In 1923 he graduated from the Infantry Officers Advanced Course at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Doane was promoted to Colonel on October 13, 1926.
He retired from the Army on September 13, 1929.
William G. Doane died at the Letterman Army Hospital in San Francisco, California on September 5, 1950.
He was awarded the French Croix de Guerre and was a member of the Military Order of the Carabao.
On the left: COL James A.
On the right: LTC William G.
New York City, 1918, prior to
Scott's Official History of the
William G. Doane's decorations
Top photo of LTC WIlliam G. Doane
from: THE DOUGHBOY 1923, Published by the Classes of
The Infantry School, U.S. Army, Fort Benning, Georgia, 1923
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