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Wright, William Mason

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US Official Pictures of the World War (WWI), Washington DC, 1920

Maj Gen William Mason Wright, commanding general 89th Division

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Born in Newark, New Jersey on September 24, 1863, he was the son of Army Colonel Edward H. Wright (18241913). He attended Yale University and was a member of the Delta Psi fraternity before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1882, where his roommate was John J. Pershing. Wright failed his end of year exams and left West Point before graduating in 1883.

He attended Yale University and was a member of the Delta Psi fraternity before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1882, where his roommate was John J. Pershing. Wright failed his end of year exams and left West Point before graduating in 1883.

He served in France throughout World War I, successively commanding the 35th Division, the III, V and VII Corps (under the Eighth French Army in the Vosges Mountains), the 89th Division (in the St. Mihiel offensive), and I Corps, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He also commanded forces in the final operations on the Meuse River (Meuse-Argonne Offensive). On November 11, 1918, Armistice Day, he led a controversial attack against Stenay, which would be handed over to him within hours. There were 365 casualties. His rationale for the attack was that he wished to take the bathing facilities within the town, so his dirty troops could refresh themselves.[1] When it became clear that Wright ordered the assault with full knowledge that the Armistice would go into action within hours, Allied soldiers and civilians became outraged. He was never punished or reprimanded. During World War I Wright kept a diary, which was published as Meuse-Argonne Diary: A Division Commander in World War I.

General Wright died at Washington, D.C.'s Walter Reed Army Hospital on August 16, 1943, and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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