Major NOYES Stephen Henley[1]

Male 1881 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name NOYES Stephen Henley 
    Prefix Major 
    Born 26 Nov 1881  Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    • (Noyes Desc. incorrectly says Waterville, ME.)
    Gender Male 
    Census 4 Jun 1900  Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • (age 18; at school; living with mother in the home of her parents, Stephen B. & Eliza H. Luce.)
    _UID 2EA00D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000423A 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • He was educated at St. Mark's School, Southboro, Mass. and at Harvard College, A.B. 1903, Scientific School, B.S. 1905. He played quarterback on the Varsity team in 1905; prior to the war he was a member of Battery A, M.V.M.

      Previous to enlistment he took a preparatory course in a private flying school at Essington, PA, reporting for duty at Newport News on Feb. 5, 1917. From then until April 14 he trained at the Curtis Flying School. While awaiting overseas orders he was attached to the 1st Aero Squadron, stationed at Columbus, N.M. He was commissioned 1st Lieut. May 10, 1917, and sailed overseas Aug. 12, 1917. He trained in France at Avord and at Cazaux; was attached to the 1st Aero Squadron, from Sept. 1, 1917 to June 30, 1918, acting as Flight Commander. He first flew over the lines on April 5, 1918.

      From July 1 to October 25 he commanded the 12th Aero Squadron. He was commissioned Capt. on Aug. 1, 1918. His squadron served in every engagement in which our troops participated - Seicheprey, Château-Thierry, Fismes, St. Mihiel, and the Argonne. He won the Croix de Guerrenear Châtel Chéhéry, July 16, 1918, and the Distinguished Service Cross in the Argonne, Oct. 6, 1918.

      From Oct. 26 to Dec. 1, 1918, he commanded the 5th Corps Observation Group, and from Dec. 1 to April 16, 1919, he commanded the Corps Observation Group, 1st Army. He was appointed Major, J.M.A., Apr. 23, 1919.

      Citations
      Croix de Guerre (translation)

      Pilot of the first rank, cool and brave, model of duty for his Squadron. On July 6, 1918, attacked first by an enemy patrol, he dispersed them by his brave maneuvers, and permitted his observer to take the desired photographs. Attacked a second time, he destroyed one of his adversaries in a severe combat; ended his flight by a reconnaissance at the height of 500 meters over the German lines.


      Distinguished Service Cross

      The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Air Service) Stephen H. Noyes, United States Army Air Service, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 12th Aero Squadron, U.S. Army Air Service, A.E.F., near Chatel-Chehery, France, 15 October 1918. Captain Noyes volunteered under the most adverse weather conditions to stake the advance lines of the 82d Division. Disregarding the fact that darkness would set in before he and his observer could complete their mission, and at the extremely low altitude of 150 feet, he proceeded amid heavy anti-aircraft and ground machine-gun fire until the necessary information was secured. On the return, due to darkness, he was forced to land on a shell-torn field and proceeded on foot to headquarters with valuable information. War Department, General Orders No. 143 (1918).
    Person ID I18053  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Jan 2010 

    Father Lieut. NOYES Boutelle, U.S.N.,   b. 3 Jan 1848, Waterville, Kennebec, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Aug 1883, Japan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Mother LUCE Charlotte Bleecker,   b. Jun 1859, Washington, District of Columbia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Oct 1946  (Age ~ 87 years) 
    Married 25 Jun 1879  Waterville, Kennebec, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    • The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II has no date.
    Family ID F6932  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 26 Nov 1881 - Newport, Newport, Rhode Island Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4603] Book-New England Aviators 1914-1918, pp.182-183.

    2. [S103] Book-Noyes-The Noyes Descendants, Vol. II, p.107.

    3. [S4602] Census-1900-RI-Newport-Newport, Roll T623_1505; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 220.

    4. [S381] Book-Centennial History of Waterville, ME, p.219.