MG ALLEN WYANT
December 14, 1880 - June 19, 1946
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MG Allen Wyant
Born in Carrollton, Kentucky, on December 14, 1880.
Army Officer. University of Kentucky, LL.B., 1914. Died, June 19, 1946.
He was Judge Advocate General and Provost Marshal of the United States
Army. He earned the B.A. degree at Centre College in 1901, and later
received the B.S. in Military Tactics degree from the United States
Military Academy (1905). He returned to Kentucky to pursue a law
degree, which awarded by the University in 1914. The University of
Kentucky awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1942. He also
received honorary LL.D. degrees from the University of Hawaii (1935),
and Center College (1939).
He attained the rank of Major General in the United States Army.
He was given his first command as a Second Lieutenant in 1905, and
commanded the 2nd Kentucky Infantry on the Mexican border in 1916;
promoted temporarily to Lieutenant Colonel during World War I. He
returned to UK as a Professor of Military Science and Tactics
(1912-14). He served as Chief of Mobilization Division in the Office of
the Provost Marshal, National Selective Service, Washington, D. C., in
In 1918, he was Judge Advocate of the 2nd Corps, AEF; legal adviser to
General R. L. Bullard, Governor's Island, New York, 1919-24, and was
with the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Washington, 1928-30, as
Chief of the Military Affairs Division.
In 1929, he was the Senior War Department Representative to a Geneva
Conference on the formulation of a code for POW'S. He was Senior Judge
Advocate for the Hawaiian Department, 1932-33, and in 1938 was the sole
U.S. Delegate to the Congress of Juridical Experts, Luxembourg. He was
the Senior War Department Representative and Delegate of the American
and Federal Bar Associations at the first convention of the
Inter-American Bar Association, in Havana, in 1941.
He was Deputy Administrator for NRA, Territory of Hawaii, 1933-35, and
returned to Washington in the latter year to serve as Chief of the
Military Affairs Division and Assistant Judge Advocate General, until
1937. He was promoted to Major General that year and named Judge
Advocate General. He was Provost Marshal July 31, 1941 to April 28,
1944. He retired in 1944 after serving briefly in France.
He was honorary President of the Kentucky Society of Washington. His
honors also included the Distinguished Service Medal, with oak leaf
clusters, and the Legion of Merit. He also was given an award by
Allen Wyant Gullion was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni in