Chiefs of Signal

1880 - 1947    1947 - Present

Major General James B. Allison

1935 - 193

An experimental model of the Army's first radar set was designed, developed, and successfully demonstrated by the Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth during the tenure of MG James B. Allison, the 11th Chief Signal Officer.


A native of York, South Carolina, Allison was one of many Army officers whose careers spanned the infantry-cavalry days and ended shortly before the material-machine era of World War II.


Allison graduated from the South Carolina Military Academy in 1895, and on 4 November 1898, was appointed a second lieutenant in the 7th Infantry, Regular Army. His career included duty in the Philippines, Alaska, and the 1914 Vera Cruz expedition into Mexico.


Allison's first encounter with the Signal Corps was at the Army Signal School around 1907. He commanded Company A, Signal Corps, at Fort Leavenworth until May 1909. Other Signal assignments included the preparation of signalers for World War I duty by commanding Signal Corps training camps at Monterey, California in 1917, Fort Leavenworth in 1918, and the Franklin Cantonment at Camp Meade, Maryland in 1919.


After a tour of duty as Fort Monmouth's Commanding Officer and School Commandant from 1925-1926, Allison became Chief Signal Officer of the Army on 31 January 1935


He retired on 30 September 1937, and died in his hometown on 14 March 1957.





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