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LeRoy Eltinge
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Brigadier general Eltinge, Chaumont, November 1918
Born (1872-09-17)September 17, 1872
South Woodstock, New York, US
Died May 13, 1931(1931-05-13) (aged 58)
Fort Omaha, Nebraska, US
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1896–1931
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier general
Service number 0-502
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
Second Occupation of Cuba
Pancho Villa Expedition
World War I
Awards Silver Star
Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Honour
Croix de Guerre
Order of the Crown (Belgium)
Order of the Crown of Italy
Companion of the Bath
Order of La Solidaridad
Spouse(s) Effee B. Trotter
Children 1

LeRoy Eltinge (September 17, 1872 – May 13, 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, and he received the Distinguished Service Medal and numerous other awards for his role in them.


Eltinge was born on September 17, 1872, in South Woodstock, New York. he graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1896 and was commissioned into the 4th Cavalry Regiment.

Eltinge served in the Philippines from 1898 to 1899 as part of the Spanish–American War and from 1901 to 1903 as part of the Philippine–American War. He was wounded in the latter conflict and received a Silver Star. Eltinge served in the Second Occupation of Cuba from 1906 to 1907, and he became an honor graduate of the School of the Line in 1908. After graduating from the Army Staff College in 1909, he served as an instructor there until 1912. Eltinge went to the border of Mexico in 1914, and he participated in the Pancho Villa Expedition in 1916.

On July 28, 1917, Eltinge went to France as part of the G-3 Operations Section of the General Staff. After becoming Deputy Chief of Staff on May 1, 1918, he was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on August 1, 1918. Eltinge's assignment ended on June 30, 1919. He received the Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts in the war, and he received numerous foreign awards.

Between 1921 and 1923, Eltinge served as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Philippine Department, and he served as the Commanding General of the Operations and Training Division of the U.S. Army from June 2, 1924, to April 19, 1925. Eltinge died in Fort Omaha on May 13, 1931. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Personal life

Eltinge married Effee B. Trotter on December 3, 1897, and they had one daughter together. He was a Baptist.


The USS General LeRoy Eltinge (AP-154), which was launched in 1944, was named after Eltinge.



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