Buffalo Soldier Regiment: History of the Twenty-Fifth United States Infantry, 1869-1926

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CHAPTER XIX
GARRISON LIFE AT FORTS LAWTON AND GEORGE WRIGHT, WASH-
INGTON—MANEUVERS AT AMERICAN LAKE—FIGHTING FOREST
FIRES IN MONTANA AND IDAHO—COMMENDATORY LETTERS-
COLONEL HOYT IS PROMOTED BRIGADIER GENERAL—HIS SUC-
CESSORS—MANEUVERS AT MONTESANO, GRAY’S HARBOR, WASH-
INGTON—MARCH OF COMPANY M—DEPARTURE FOR HAWAII.

Once again in the homeland and amid the delightful surroundings of Forts Lawton and George Wright, Washington, the regiment settled down to the everyday routine of garrison life. The blue dress and full dress uniforms again made their appearance, and parades and reviews were the order of the day. There was much social activity with the neighboring cities of Seattle and Spokane, and it was not long before the regiment as a whole had firmly established itself in the good graces of the communities in which it lived.

During the latter part of July and early in August, 1910, the regiment participated in the maneuvers at American Lake, Washington, and from August 14th the following companies were engaged in fighting forest fires and were stationed as follows:

Company E at McDonald, Montana.

Company G at Avery, Idaho.

Company H at Dixon, Montana.

Company I at Wallace, Idaho.

Company K at Essex, Montana.

Company L at Nyack, Montana.

Company M at Belton, Montana.

The fires were terrific and caused an immense amount of damage and loss of life. The conduct of the companies of the 25th Infantry on duty fighting the fires was in keeping with their already well established reputation for valor and devotion to duty, and the following commendatory letters will show the appreciation of the Department of Agriculture and the Forestry Service for the splendid work of the men of the 25th Infantry.

Department of Agriculture,
Office of the Secretary,
Washington, D. C, October 17, 1910.

The Honorable, The Secretary of War.

Sir:

I have the honor to enclose for your information a letter dated October 10th, signed by W. B. Greeley, District Forester, District No. 1, regarding the services rendered by certain companies of the U. S. Army in connection with fighting recent fires in Montana and Northern Idaho.

In this connection I should like to add to the statement made by District Forester Greeley, my personal appreciation of the fine work done by the Army in handling this most difficult and serious situation.

I have the honor to be sir,

Very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
James Wilson, Secretary.

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