Thursday, October 6, 2011
RADM Charles F. Riggs, Surgeon General (1928-1933)
Charles Edward Riggs (1869-1963) entered the Navy as an assistant surgeon in 1898. First assigned to the Mare Island Hospital, he then served at sea and aboard a gunboat during the Spanish-American War. Dr. Riggs was then a medical officer with the Marine Guard at the American Legation in Peking, China, and he became Fleet Surgeon of the Atlantic Fleet in 1917. He was appointed Medical Officer in Command of the Washington Naval Hospital in 1927. His term as Surgeon General was devoted to improved training, the building and renovation of hospitals, and the planning for a new naval medical center.