Aubrey B.T. Wright, was born in Humphreys County TN,
11 Jan.1890. He graduated from Branham and Hughes Academy, Spring
Hill in 1908 and later received his law degree from Cumberland
He entered the U.S. Army in 1915 at Jefferson Barracks. He saw
service under General John J. Pershing, at Ft. Bliss, TX, when
Pancho Villa was raiding the U.S. border. Wright graduated from
OCS and served as an officer in France during World War I. After
WWI he accepted reduction in rank in order to stay on active
About 1921 he was assigned to the Detached Enlisted Men's
List for ROTC instructors. Those posts were Castle Heights Military
Academy, Columbia Military Academy (18-1/2 years), Memphis City
Schools ROTC and Marion Military Institute. Marion, AL (1942
- 1945), when he retired after thirty years service.
During the Depression the operating body of the Academy failed
financially and Sgt. Wright accompanied the CMA students when
they were transferred to Castle Heights to finish their school
year. The Department of the Army required the military property
be maintained and secured. While military instructor from 1921
to 1945, Sgt. Wright patented a remote target changing device
which insured the safety of the young men whom he instructed
on the rifle range at CMA.
He was the father of Colonel William J. Wright, USAF (CMA Graduate-1937,
PG-1938) and grandfather of Rebecca Algood Moon (CMA Grad. 1975,
who entered CMA in 1969, the first year girls were allowed),
the father-in-law of a battalion commander, John Robert "Bill"
Hartley (CMA Grad. 1941, PG-1942) and later the father-in-law
of a Professor of Military Science and Tactics, Lt. Co. Ruben
Clark Algood, USA (CMA faculty 1951 - 1954).
Known to everyone as Sergeant Wright, he took great pride in
his chosen profession and his nation. He loved Columbia Military
Academy deeply and treasured its traditions, its faculty and
its students. He died on 3 Feb. 1983 at ninety three years of