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Edwin St. John Greble
Born (1859-06-24)June 24, 1859
West Point, New York
Died September 30, 1931(1931-09-30) (aged 72)
New Jersey
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1881–1918
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Service number 0-13118
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Border War (1910–19)
World War I
Spouse(s) Gertrude Poland
Relations John Trout Greble (father)

Edwin St. John Greble (June 24, 1859 – September 30, 1931) was a United States Army officer in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He served in several conflicts, including the Spanish–American War and World War I.


Greble was born at West Point on June 24, 1859. When he was two, his father John Trout Greble was killed in battle. Greble graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1881.

Greble was commissioned into the Second Artillery, and he subsequently served in the field artillery. He graduated from the Infantry and Cavalry School in 1884, and from the Coast Artillery School at Fort Monroe in 1892. Greble served as an aide to Oliver Otis Howard from 1885 to 1889. He participated in the Spanish–American War, serving in Cuba from 1898 to 1900. After serving as the Adjutant General of the Second Division, he was the assistant Adjutant General of the Department of Havana. He also organized the Department of Charities and oversaw the evacuation of buildings by the Spanish.

Greble taught in West point's Tactics Department from 1901 to 1904. He returned to Cuba in 1906 as part of the Second Occupation of Cuba, remaining there until 1909. He worked as the supervisor of the Secretary of the interior during this time. Greble served on the General Staff in 1910, and he was on the border with Mexico between September 13, 1914, and August 22, 1917.

Greble was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on October 13, 1916, and to major general on August 5, 1917. From August 25 to September 18, 1917, and again from December 6, 1917, to July 8, 1918, he commanded the 36th Infantry Division. Because of disabilities he developed on the line of duty, Greble retired in October 1918.

Greble lived in Washington, D.C., as a retiree. He died in New Jersey on September 30, 1931. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Personal life

Greble married Gertrude Poland, the daughter of General John Scroggs Poland, on June 24, 1885.

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