Thursday, October 6, 2011
RADM Edward C. Kenney, Surgeon General (1961-1965)
Edward Christopher Kenney (1904-1983) was appointed assistant surgeon with the rank of lieutenant (jg) in 1929. He served at many naval stations, and on battleships, destroyers, at naval hospitals, and with the Marines. He participated in the Guadalcanal campaign in 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism. He participated in penicillin research during the early days of its clinical investigation. He then participated in the landings on Guam, Leyte, and Lingayen Gulf. Following the war, Dr. Kenney became commanding officer of the National Naval Medical Center. In 1959 he became Deputy and Assistant Chief BUMED and was appointed Surgeon General in 1961. During his term, RADM Kenney promoted advances in medical research and in submarine, aviation, and preventive medicine.