Cubbison, Donald Cameron, born 08-05-1882 in Harrisville, Pennsylvania, died age 86, on 25-12-1968 at a local hospital in Carmel Point after a long illness. He had been a resident of Carmel since his retirement in 1946. His distinguished Army officer, first as an officer of Field Artillery and then as a General Officer, spanned 46 years. General Cubbison is survived by his wife, the former Lucile Abrams, of Carmel; two sons, Colonel. Donald C. Cubbison Jr. (USA ret) of Clearwater, Florida, and Colonel Gordon Cubbison (USA ret) of Carmel; and a daughter, Mrs. J. Arch Butts of Pebble Beach. There also are 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Donald Cubbison entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1900. Upon graduation he chose the Field Artillery as his arm of the service, serving as an artillery officer until his promotion to brigadier general in 1938. He was promoted to Major General in 1941. For his second tour of duty following graduation from the academy, Cubbison was assigned as a junior officer to the first artillery unit to go to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, which became the Field Artillery School and is now designated the Field Artillery and Missile School. Cubbison returned to Fort Sill later in his career as commandant of the school and commanding general of the fort. Other highlights of his career included duty as treasurer of the Military Academy, and duty as professor of military-science and tactics at Stanford University. While at Stanford he commanded the ROTC summer training camp at the Presidion of Monterey in 1932. Cubbison also served with General Pershing
in 1916 during the Punitive Expedition in Mexico against Pancho Villa, as an officer with a Pack Artillery battery attached to headquarters at Colonia Dublan. In World War I, he sailed for France with the first contingent of combat troops, the 1st Infantry Division, nickname “The Big Red One” , and participated in all the campaigns from Chateau Thierry to the Meuse-Argonne. Cubbisonended the war as chief of the Field Artillery section in the office of the chief of Artillery of the American Expeditionary Force. In World War II, Cubbison returned to the 1st Division as Commanding General and trained that unit, which earned an enviable record in combat overseas. The 1st Infantry Division of the United states Army the oldest division in the United States Army. It has seen continuous service since its organization in 1917. It was officially nicknamed The Big Red One after its shoulder patch and is also nicknamed The Fighting First. However, with typical soldier gallows humour, the division has also received troop monikers of The Big Dead One and The Bloody First as puns on the respective officially-sanctioned nicknames. It is currently based at Fort Rilley, Kansas. Other commanders Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen from August 42 – July 43, Major General Clarence Ralph Huebner
from July 43 – December 44, Major General Clift Andrus, from December 44 – Augustus 46. Casualties during the European campaign, 4.411 killed in action, 7.201 wounded in action, 1.056 missing or died of wounds. Before his retirement for physical disability, the General served out the war in command of the training centre at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for his services, General Cubbison was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the French Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre with palms.
Death and burial ground of Cubbison, Donald Cameron.
He also wore numerous campaign medals and retired on 28-02-1946 from the service. Donald and Mrs. Cubbison, who were married in 1908, moved to Carmel in 1946, making their home on Carmel Point. The General was a founding elder of the Presbyterian Church of Carmel. Cubbison, Donald Cameron died at the age of 86 on 25-12-1968. Private family services will be held at the Little Chapel by-the-Sea, Pacific Grove, followed by inurnment in El Carmelo Cemetery Urn Garden.