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First Name: John

Last Name: Hulen

Birthplace: Centralia, MO, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Gainesville, TX
Middle Name: A.

Date of Birth: 09 September 1871

Date of Death: 14 September 1957

Rank: Major General

Years Served: 30+
John Augustus Hulen

•  Spanish-American War (1898)
•  Philippine-American War (1899 - 1902)
•  World War I (1914 - 1918)


John Augustus Hulen

Major General, U. S. Army

DSM & Silver Star

Awarded the Silver Star citation as cited by the War Dept. Aug. 15, 1924, (then a Captain) for gallantry in action in the pursuit of superior forces of the enemy under the Insurgent General Tinio, in Northern Luzon, P.I. Dec. 4-18, 1899, through a most dangerous and difficult country, through hardships and exposure, thereby forcing the enemy to liberate twenty-two American prisoners held by him, Dec. 18, 1899.

War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1921)
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Brigadier General John A. Hulen, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, while Commanding the 72d Infantry Brigade of the 36th Division in the Meuse-Argonne offensive from 8 to 28 October 1918.

Hulen joined Company G, "Gainesville Rifles," Third Texas Volunteer Infantry, as a private in 1887 and was commissioned a first lieutenant in 1889. He was promoted to captain in 1893 and commanded Troop D, First Texas Volunteer Cavalry, until 1898, when, as a brevet lieutenant colonel, he served with the unit in the Spanish-American War but did not see action. As a captain in the Thirty-third United States Volunteer Infantry, he fought Philippine insurrectionists in the jungles of northern Luzon (1899–1901), where he won the Silver Star. Upon his return to Texas, Governor Samuel W. T. Lanham promoted him to brigadier general and appointed him adjutant general, a position he held from 1902 until his retirement in 1907.

Hulen was recalled to national service in 1916 as commander of the Sixth Separate Brigade. He patrolled the Texas-Mexico border until he was sent to Austin early in 1917 to help reorganize the state militia into the Thirty-sixth Infantry Division. He commanded its Seventy-second Brigade (1917–19) in World War I and won the Distinguished Service Medal, as well as Croix de Guerre (twice) during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In 1920 he was promoted to major general in the Texas National Guard and in 1922 to commander of the Thirty-sixth Division, a position he held until his second retirement in 1935. At Hulen's retirement ceremony Governor James Allred promoted him to lieutenant general, the militia's highest rank.
Source and to read more about him https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu23.

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Texas Exceptional Gallantry

Honoree ID: 318399   Created by: drjones46




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