Col. Osmun Latrobe

Male 1874 - 1939  (65 years)


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  • Name Col. Osmun Latrobe  [1
    Title Col. 
    Born 8 Aug 1874  Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1880  Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    _MILT Between 1896 and 1938 
    U.S. Army 
    Occupation 1910  [3
    Captain, 8th U.S. Cavalry 
    Residence 1910  Fort Robinson, Sioux, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1920  [2
    Colonel, U.S. Cavalry 
    Residence 1920  San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    _MILT 1927 
    Aide to President Coolidge 
    Death 6 Dec 1939  Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial Sec: 6, Site: 5719  [5
    Died 6 Dec 1939  Washington, District of Columbia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Burial 9 Dec 1939  Arlington National Cem, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Military Honors 
    Buried 9 Dec 1939  Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Notes 
    • In about 1916 there was an article in a Baltimore papers as follows:

      MEDAL TO CAPT. LATROBE
      Baltimorean in U.S. Cavalry Endangered Life to Rescue Drowning Soldier

      Capt. Osmun Latrobe of Baltimore, who is in the Thirteenth U.S. Cavalry, has been recommended for a rescue medal for gallantry for risking his own life in the icy waters of Mormon Lake, Mexico to save the life of an enlisted man according to a dispatch last night from the United States Army Field Headquarters in Mexico.
      Captain Latrobe, with a detachment, was hunting on the lake, and one of the party shot a pelican. While attempting by swimming to reach the bird, which fell some distance from the shore, the hunter was seized with cramps. Three of his companions endeavored to reach him, but also were numbed by the cold and forced to return to shore.
      The effort by Captain Latrobe was successful, but both he and the enlisted man became exhausted 80 yards from the bank and had to be dragged ashore.
      When Cuba began its struggle for freedom from Spain, Osmun Latrobe, then a young draftsman in the firm of Baldwin & Penniman, the Baltimore architects, and Stuart S. Janney, the lawyer, decided they would go down and join the Cubans. They did so and both were paid high tributes later by Brig. Gen. Frederick Funston, U.S.A. in an article in Scribner's Magazine. Mr. Janney came back to private life. Young Latrobe decided to continue his career as a soldier. He later saw service in Porto Rico, and in 1901 married a beautiful Spanish girl, daughter of Senora Maria Laguna, of San Juan, Porto Rico. Not long ago he and his family were living in the Philippines, where he was an officer in the United States Scouts, his post being at Corregidor, near Manila.
      Capt. Latrobe's mother, Mrs. R. Stewart Latrobe, died in April of last year in this city. His father, who has been dead a number of years, was a brother of the late Mayor Ferdinand C. Latrobe. He was named for his uncle, Col. Osmun Latrobe, chief-of-staff for General Longstreet in the Army of the Confederacy, who died about a year ago.

      The following death notice appeared in a Baltimore paper:
      Col. Osmun Latrobe, former military aide to Calvin Coolidge when he was President, who died Wednesday night at the Walter Reed Hospital, Washington will be buried with military honors tomorrow morning in Arlington Cemetery.
      Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. in the Fort Myer Chapel by a chaplain from the fort. Among the pallbearers will be Stuart S. Janney , a Baltimore attorney, who accompanied Colonel Latrobe when he started his military career on a filibustering expedition in Cuba before the Spanish-American War.
      Both Colonel Latrobe and Mr. Janney were youths scarcely out of school when they disappeared from the city and turned up in Cuba where, after fighting with distinction with the insurgents, were appointed to the staff of Gen. Maximo Gomez, insurgent commander. Colonel Latrobe, following the the Spanish-American War in which he campaigned in Puerto Rico as a captain of the Fourth Infantry, elected to continue a military career while Mr. Janney returned to Baltimore to practice law.
      As a reward for his exploits in Cuba, Colonel Latrobe in 1929 received from the Cuban government, a silver medal and a diploma, the presentation being made in Washington by the Cuban Ambassador.
      The son of the late R. Stewart Latrobe, who lived at 14 East Eager Street, Colonel Latrobe was a grandson of the late John H. B. Latrobe, one of the founders of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and a nephew of the late Ferdinand C. Latrobe, seven times Mayor of Baltimore. he also was a nephew of another Col. Osmun Latrobe, who was on the staff of General Longstreet of the Confederate Army.
      Born here in 1874, Colonel Latrobe attended the University of Pennsylvania where he studied architecture, From May 1896, until the outbreak of the Spanish-American War he was in the Insurgent Cuban Army, for a time being captain of artillery under Gen. Calixo Garcia.
      In 1898 Colonel Latrobe was commissioned a captain in the Fourth United States Infantry and later was detailed as aide-de-camp to Maj. Gen. James Wilson, commanding the First Army Corps in which capacity he campaigned in Puerto Rico. He remained in Puerto Rico until 1901 when he was commissioned a first lieutenant of cavalry in the regular army.
      Upon assignment to the Eighth United States Cavalry he joined that regiment in Cuba. In 1902 he returned to the United States with his regiment and was stationed in Jefferson Barracks, Mo., where he remained until 1905.
      At the outbreak of the first World War he was sent to Plattsburg Barracks, New York, where he commanded a unit in the officers' training camp. At the close of the camp in August 1917, having been promoted to the grade of major, he was ordered to Camp Gordon, Georgia, where he organized and commanded a unit of the Eighty-second Division, which troops originally were from Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
      He was sent to France with that division in May 1918, but returned to the United States in August of that year, with the temporary grade of colonel, to command the Forty-second Infantry, of the newly organized Twelfth Division at Camp Devens, Massachusetts. He joined the First Cavalry at Fort Bliss,Texas in 1922 where he remained until January 1924, when he was sent to the calvary school at Fort Riley.
      Following the completion of that course, he returned to Fort Bliss, where he was on duty until January 1925. Having received his promotion to the grade of colonel, he was ordered to Fort D. A. Russell, where he commanded the Fourth Cavalry until June 1927, when he was ordered to Fort Meade, South Dakota, as commanding officer at that post.
      It was while serving there that he accidently met President Coolidge. President and Mrs. Coolidge were spending the summer months at their home in the Black Hills. Motoring one day, they met a battalion of calvary with Colonel Latrobe riding at its head. The President and Colonel Latrobe chatted and finally the army officer was invited to the Coolidge home for luncheon. As Mr. Coolidge became interested in Colonel Latrobe's stories of his exploits, he was invited to remain for supper.
      In January 1929, Colonel Latrobe reported for duty at the office of the chief of calvary in Washington and a month later was named to the White House staff as military aide, succeeding Col. Blanton Winship, who was transferred to Manila as legal advisor to Governor General Henry L. Stimson.
      Colonel Latrobe was ordered to duty in Omaha in 1932 and later was assigned to the organized reserves at Towson. He retired a year ago, making his home in Chevy Chase, Md.
      Colonel Latrobe, in 1901, married Senora Maria Laguna, of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    Person ID I2094  mytree
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 

    Father Richard Steuart Latrobe,   b. 17 Jan 1845, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1900, Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Mother Mary Tenant Mactier,   b. 1 Jan 1849, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1915, Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Natural 
    Married 16 Nov 1872  Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Married 16 Nov 1872  Trinity Church, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Family ID F471  Group Sheet

    Family Maria Victoria de la Guna,   b. 24 Dec 1884, Aguadilla, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1942  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1901 
    Children 
     1. Osmun Latrobe, Jr.,   b. 5 Dec 1901,   d. 9 Jun 1902  (Age 0 years)
     2. William Claiborne Latrobe,   b. 9 Jan 1903, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1977, Pompano Beach, Broward, Florida, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     3. Mary Steuart Latrobe,   b. 10 Feb 1905, Missouri, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Osmun Bonneval Latrobe,   b. 18 Nov 1906, Philippines Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1961  (Age 54 years)
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F952  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Aug 1874 - Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1880 - Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1910 - Fort Robinson, Sioux, Nebraska, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1920 - San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 6 Dec 1939 - Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Dec 1939 - Washington, District of Columbia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - Military Honors - 9 Dec 1939 - Arlington National Cem, Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 9 Dec 1939 - Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    1880 US Census - Baltimore, MD - District 103 (p437C).jpg
    1880 US Census - Baltimore, MD - District 103 (p437C).jpg
    1920 US Census - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - District 369 (p42A).jpg
    1920 US Census - San Francisco, San Francisco, CA - District 369 (p42A).jpg
    1910 US Census - Fort Robinson, Sioux, NE - District 0226 (p10A).jpg
    1910 US Census - Fort Robinson, Sioux, NE - District 0226 (p10A).jpg

  • Sources 
    1. [S89] Maryland Historical Society, Newspaper article in the Dielman files..

    2. [S176] 1920 United States Federal Census, (Name: National Archives and Records Administration;), Year: 1920; Census Place: San Francisco Assembly District 31, San Francisco, California; Roll: T625_136; Page: 42A; Enumeration District: 369; Image: ..
      Col. Osmund Latrobe
      Maria S.
      William Claiborne
      Mary Steuart
      Osmund B.

    3. [S179] 1910 United States Federal Census, (Name: National Archives and Records Administration;), Year: 1910; Census Place: Fort Robinson, Sioux, Nebraska; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: ; Image: ..
      Osmund Latrobe Jr.
      Maria
      William C.
      Mary Stewart
      Osmund B.

    4. [S193] 1880 United States Federal Census, (Name: National Archives and Records Administration;), Year: 1880; Census Place: Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: 501; Family History Film: 1254501; Page: 437C; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 0135..
      Richard S. Latrobe
      Mary M.
      Mary M.
      Osmun
      Emily

    5. [S57] Find A Grave.

    6. [S38] Claiborne of Virginia: The First Eight Generations, John Frederick Dorman, (Name: Baltimore, 1995;), p475.


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