Comm. Gen. and Staff 72nd Inf. Brigade, 36th Division
Picture taken by Signal Corps on steps of Chateau de Tanley, Yonne Province, France, December 1918. Front row left to right: Lt. Geo. D. Sears, Asst. Adjutant; Major L. R. Bryan, Jr., Adjutant; Brig. Gen. John A. Hulen, Brig. Comm.; Capt. M. Rediear, French Army, Attached. Back row left to right: Lt. Clyde N. Elbert, Aide; Lt. E. S. Lyne, Signal Officer; Lt. J. F. Lehane, Aide; Lt. Geo. S. Broome, Detachment Comm.
John A. Hulen joined the Gainsville Rifles, Third Texas Volunteer Infantry, as a private in 1887. He served in the Spanish-American War and fought Philippine insurrectionists in 1899-1901. Recalled to military service in 1916, he patrolled the Texas-Mexico border before commanding the 72nd Brigade in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, winning the Distinguished Service Medal and the Croix de Guerre. In civilian life, Hulen was involved with the railroad business, connected to the Frisco system, the MKT, the Galveston Terminal Railway and the Houston Belt and Terminal railroad.