U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Skip to main content
Return to topReturn to top
Photo Quinn Becker

Surgeons General


Northeast Louisiana State, 1948-1952
Louisiana State University, School of Medicine, 1952-1956
Internship, Tripler General Hospital, Hawaii, 1956-1957
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Conference Memorial Medical Center, Shreveport, Louisiana (Army sponsored), 1958-1961  

Career Summary

Jan 62-May 63
Orthopedic Surgeon, United States Army Hospital, Fort Gordon, Georgia

Jun 63-Jun 64
Chief of Orthopedics, United States Army Hospital, Fort Rucker, Alabama

Jul 64-Jul 65
Commanding Officer, 5th Surgical Hospital (Mobile Army), Heidelberg, Germany

Jul 65-Jul 66
Surgeon, 3d Infantry Division, Wurzburg, Germany

Jul 66-Dec 66
Chief, Orthopedic Surgery, 33d Field Hospital, Wurzburg, Germany

Jan 67-Jul 69
Assistant Chief, Orthopedic Service, Department of Surgery, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC

Aug 69-Jan 70
Student, Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia

Feb 70-May 70
Chief, Professional Services, 85th Evacuation Hospital, United States Army Vietnam

Jun 70-Feb 71
Division Surgeon and Battalion Commander, 15th Medical Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), United States Army Vietnam

Mar 71-Jun 74
Chief, Orthopedic Service and Orthopedic Residency Training, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Jul 74-Jun 75
Student, United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

Jul 75-Sep 77
Surgeon, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Mar 76-Sep 77
Commander, United States Army Medical Activity, Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Oct 77-Jun 80
Director of Health Care Operations, Office of The Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, DC

Jul 80-Oct 81
Commandant, United States Army Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Oct 81-Jun 83
Deputy Surgeon General, Office of The Surgeon General, United States Army, Washington, DC

Jul 83-Feb 85
Surgeon, U.S. European Command; Chief Surgeon, U.S. Army Europe; and Commander, 7th Medical Command, Heidelberg, Germany

Feb 85-May 88
The Surgeon General, United States Army/Program Executive Officer, Health Care Systems, United States Army, Falls Church, Virginia










5 Jan 56



2 Jun 56

31 May 57


1 Jul 57

11 Jun 59


26 Nov 62

11 Jun 66


23 Sep 66

11 Jun 73


2 Jun 71

12 Sep 76


21 Sep 77



1 Sep 80

22 Jan 82


1 Mar 85


Decorations and Badges

Distinguished Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Combat Medical Badge
Parachutist Badge
Senior Flight Surgeon Badge

Source of Commission:  ROTC