Group to Lt Col (Chaplain) Walter K. Lloyd, US Army
Group of five medals to Lt Col (Chaplain) Walter K. Lloyd, US Army: Spanish War Service Medal, numbered “418”, issued to W.K. Lloyd, Division Chaplain, Hoboken, New Jersey; Philippine Campaign Medal, numbered “M.No.9083”; Mexican Service Medal, numbered “No.4102”, issued to Captain Walter K. Lloyd, Chaplain; World War I Victory Medal, no clasp; World War I Occupation Medal, slot brooch and ring suspension. The first four medals are bar-mounted for wear. Ribbon wear to the first and third ribbons.
Lloyd was born in 1866 in Rindboxton, Wales, and came to the United States in 1891. He became a naturalized citizen in 1896 and earned three college degrees. He served in the 3rd Texas Infantry during the Spanish-American War. In 1909-1910, he served in the Philippines. From 1913 through 1916, he served at the Army General Hospital at Fort Bayard, New Mexico and as chaplain, 13th Cavalry. While in this capacity, Pancho Villa staged his attack on Columbus, New Mexico (9 March 1916). There were 18 American casualties in this raid and the Fort Bayard Hospital was the closest medical facility, so Lloyd doubtless served as clergy to the wounded and their families. During World War I, he served at Fort Scott, Kansas and Fort Ringgold, Texas. In 1920, he was assigned as the Chaplain, Provisional Machine Gun Battalion, AFG, remaining in Germany until 1922. He retired from the Army in 1930 and served as Rector, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Newburgh, New York. In 1947, he was elected Department Chaplain of the Department of Maryland, United Spanish War Veterans. Chaplain Lloyd died in January 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.