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Ames, John Lincoln, 1895-1996



  • Existence: 1895 - 1996

John Lincoln Ames, Jr. was born July 23, 1895, in Boston, Massachusetts. A graduate of the Dartmouth College Class of 1916, he enrolled in the Harvard Regiment when the United States entered World War I, and was accepted for the Second Officers Training Camp in Plattsburg, New York. Commissioned a First Lieutenant in the Officer Reserve Corps, Ames was ordered to the American Expeditionary Forces in France for several months, then transferred to the First Division, 28th Infantry. Promoted to Captain after being wounded in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, he served with the Army of Occupation in Germany until he was returned to the United States in 1919. Between the world Wars, John Ames was associated with various business concerns, including the Tri-Continental Corp. group of investment companies and Globe and Rutgers Fire insurance Co. In 1941, however, Lt. Col. Ames was recalled to active duty, serving first on Governor's Island, New York with Lt. Gen. Hugh Drum's 1st Army staff. In 1944 he was again ordered to Europe, first as Deputy G-1, Advance Section, Communications Zone, Major General Ewart Plank commanding, and later as a member of General Omar Bradley's staff. While with General Bradley, Ames was promoted to Colonel. After the end of the war he worked on General Eisenhower's staff in Frankfurt during the Occupation. From 1947-1951, when he was ordered to the Far East, Ames was assigned to the Pentagon. In Tokyo, he became part of a group planning for the implementation of the Korean armistice agreement, and in 1953, was sent to Korea as Chief of Staff, United Nations Command component, Military Armistice Commission. Ames was retired from the military in 1955, on reaching the legal age limit. Ames died Nov. 24, 1996.

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John L. Ames papers

Identifier: ML-58
Overview John L. Ames (1895-1996), army officer and business man. Dartmouth College Class of 1916. Consist of correspondence, photographs, clippings, articles, newsletters and pamphlets relating to his career as an Army officer in World War I, II and beyond.