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Virgil Farrar Shaw

Virgil Farrar (Squire) Shaw

Cambridge, OH
1934-35, District Headquarters, Ft. Meade, 1st Lt. 4th Cav. CO

At Fort Meade, Virgil served as Regimental Supply Officer, commanded a troop the entire time, and received a promotion to Captain. He serve as a football referee and baseball umpire. Virgil also led a horse drill team, the Black Horse Troop, which exhibited at county fairs and other events. x

Virgil Farrar Shaw was born 14 October 1899 at Cambridge, Ohio. It was from this state that he entered the United States Military Academy in June 1917. As a member of the last wartime class, he graduated and was commissioned in the Cavalry on 1 November 1918. Following the Armistice his class returned to West Point as students for a period of six months. During the summer of 1919, his class visited the battlefields in France, Belgium, and Italy.

He served at several Cavalry stations west of the Mississippi River, and also had a tour with the 26th Cavalry in the Philippines. From June 1937 to May 1939 he commanded Machine Gun Troop, 2nd Cavalry, which was charged with weapons demonstrations for the Cavalry school and weapons testing for the Cavalry Board. While at the Cavalry school from June 1939 to June 1941, he acted as the adjutant.

x Douglas McClain Shaw, Th.D

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