Original Carnelian stone on ring has a gothic "T" for Travis. Inside is engraved, also in gothic: P. M. B. Travis. The P is almost invisible, M is barely visible, B is clear but worn, and Travis is easily readable. The ring is made of 14K (tested) gold, and reads USMA on one side, and USA on the other. On the USMA side is a slightly convex disk with CLASS 80 readable. At one time it probably had "of" engraved at center, and there may have been an apostrophe before "80". The ring was probably worn by Travis through his long military career, and was sized down later in his life. Pierce Mason Butler Travis: Born Nov. 25, 1854, Evergreen,
Cadet at the US Military Academy, Sep. 1, 1876, to
June 12, 1880, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to Second Lieut., 11th Infantry, June 12, 1880.
Served: on frontier duty at Camp Audenried, Oct. 1 to Nov.
29, 1880, - Ft. A. Lincoln, Dakota Territory, Nov. 29, 1880, to Nov. 27, 1881, - Ft. Sully,
(First Lieut., 11th Infantry, Aug. 24, 1886) Dakota
Territory, to July 31, 1887; and in garrison at Madison Barracks, N. Y., Aug.
9, 1887, to -----.
At Madison Barracks, N. Y. (Regimental Adjutant, July 28,
1890 to July 28, 1894), to Oct. 10, 1891; at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to May 4,
1892; at Whipple Barracks, Ariz., to Oct. 29, 1894; Professor of Military
Science and Tactics at Georgetown College, Georgetown, Ky., Nov. 12, 1894
(Captain of Infantry, 11th Infantry, April 30, 1897) to
April 23, 1898; with regiment at Mobile, Ala., and at Tampa, Fla., to July 22,
1898; in Puerto Rico, in the war with Spain, to Aug. 13, 1898, being engaged in
the actions at Hormigueros, Aug. 10, and Las Marias, Aug. 13, 1898; with
regiment at Las Marias, P. R., to Oct., 1898; at Mayaguez, P. R., to Dec. 31,
1898; Collector of Customs at Mayaguez, P. R., to May 22, 1900.
On leave of absence in Europe, May 22 to Oct. 8, 1900, when
he rejoined his regiment at Fort Columbus, N. Y.; en route to Philippines,
April 9 to May 20, 1901; at Ormoc, P. I., commanding post and sub‑stations of Palompon and
Albuera, May 23, 1901, to September, 1902; (Inspector of Customs and Captain of
the Port of Ormoc to Dec. 31, 1901); (Major, 28th Infantry, April 14, 1902) in
command at San Mateo to October, 1902; in command at San Francisco de
Malabon to November, 1902; (Transferred to 11th Infantry, Dec. 31, 1902) and at
Caloocan to Jan. 3, 1903; at Camp Downs, P. I., to May 2, 1903; at Malate Bks.,
Manila, to Feb. 12, 1904;
En route to U. S. to March 21, 1904; at Fort D. A. Russell,
Wyo., commanding Battalion, March 24, 1904, to May 1, 1906; at San Francisco,
Cal., to June 9, 1906; at Fort D. A. Russell, Wyo., the Sept. 20, 1906; absent
sick and on sick leave to March 6, 1907; at Moro Bks., Santiago, Cuba, with
regiment, March 21 to June 24, 1907; at Havana, Cuba, sick, June 25 to July 9,
1907; at Washington Bks., D. C., sick to Jan. 27, 1908; on leave of absence to
May 15, 1908.
Major, U. S. A., Retired May 15, 1908, disability in line of
Died, Nov. 18, 1910, at Great Bend, Kans.: Aged 55. Buried,
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.
Battles and engagements: Hormigueros, Porto Rico, Aug. 10,
1898; Las Marias, P. R., Aug. 13, 1898; recommended by Brevet Board for
gallantry at Las Marias.