The 15th Infantry in China

  • John H. Cushman U.S. Army Ret.


 In 1921, my father received orders assigning him to U.S. 15th infantry which was based in Tientsin on the South China Sea, 90 miles from Peking. A few months after Capt. Cushman and his bride joined it, I was born into the regiment.       Since the mid-19th century, European powers had been in China with extraterritorial concessions wrung from the weak Manchu dynasty. The Boxer Rebellion of 1900 had brought an eight-nation allied force into Peking to restore Manchu rule. The Boxer Protocols, signed by the Chinese and by Western powers and japan, provided for foreign continents to be stationed, among other places, in Tientsin. This article previously appeared in the Command and General Staff College Foundation News, Number 11/fall 2011. Attempts to locate prior publications (if any) of this article were unsuccessful. Every effort has been made to trace and contact copyright holder. Permission to reprint the Foundation News version of this article had been granted.