Historical records matching Major General George E. Armstrong, 29th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
About Major General George E. Armstrong, 29th Surgeon General of the U.S. Army
George E. Armstrong's military career began at an early age; at 18 he joined the Student Army Training Corps for three months, from October to December 1918. In 1923, he enlisted as a private in the Indiana National Guard, from which organization he was honorable discharged as a Sergeant in 1925 to accept a commission as first lieutenant in the Army Reserve Corps. One year later, having completed his internship at Letterman General Hospital, he received a commission in the Regular Army Corps.
Lieutenant Armstrong's first tour of duty was attendance at the Army Medical School from September 1926 to February 1927, followed by five months at the Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks. He was graduated with honors from both schools and received the Skinner Medal for attaining the highest average in his class at Carlisle.
After completing the course at MFSS, Lieutenant Armstrong was ordered to Letterman General Hospital where he served as an assistance ward officer on the Surgical Service until the end of the year, 1927. On the occasion of his transfer to a new station in Hawaii, his superior officer, Lt. Col. H. S. Hansell reported, "He impresses me as being the best among the young medical officers who have served under me during the last two years."
While stationed at Schofield Barracks, Armstrong was promoted to Captain and served in various capacities until April 1930 when he was assigned as Camp Surgeon at Kilauea Military Camp. Returning to the United States in January 1931, Captain Armstrong was assigned to duty as Walter Reed General Hospital, first as a ward officer on the Urology Section of the Surgical Service, and later as the officer in charge of the Orthopedic Appliance Shop. Col. William L. Keller, Chief of the Surgical Service, considered the young officer to be a hard worker, diligent, conscientious, an excellent orthopedist and urologist.
Following a two-year tour of duty at the Station Hospital, Fort Benning, Georgia, Captain Armstrong was sent to China where he became Detachment Surgeon for the U.S. Troops in China, at the American Barracks in Tientsin. He remained at that Post for one year, during which time he was promoted to Major, leaving in April 1938 when he was assigned to the Station Hospital at Fort Stotsenberg, P. I.
Major Armstrong enrolled in the Advanced Course at the Medical Field Service School in September 1939 and, upon completion of the course, remained at the school as an assistant in the Department of Extension Courses. He later became an instructor in that department and then Director of the Department of Administration. In February 1942, two months before leaving the school, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, AUS.
From July 1942 to August 1943, during which time he was promoted to Colonel, AUS, Armstrong served as Assistant Commandant of the MAC Officer Candidate School at Camp Barkeley, Texas. At the end of this tour, he was ordered for the second time to China, where he was appointed first as Chief of the Medical Section at the Infantry Training Center in Kweilin, then as Assistant Theater Surgeon, CBI, and later as Theater Surgeon, China Theater. He was recalled from China in June 1946 to assume the position of Chief of the Personnel Division, Office of the Surgeon General.
With this promotion to Brigadier General in June 1947 came his appointment as Deputy Surgeon General. He occupied this position for four years and in June 1951 was promoted to Major General and became The Surgeon General, U.S. Army.
General Armstrong retired on 31 July 1955.