Thursday, October 6, 2011
RADM Percival S. Rossiter, Surgeon General (1933-1938)
Percival Sherer Rossiter (1874-1957) served in the Army in Cuba and the Philippines before joining the Navy as an assistant surgeon in 1903. After studying at the Naval Medical School he served in Honolulu, at the Naval Academy, and then in Tutuila, Samoa. Following duty afloat, he served in World War I at Base Hospital No. 2 in Scotland. Following the war, Dr. Rossiter was medical officer with the Marines in San Diego, and then Medical Member or the U.S. Naval Mission to Brazil. He was then in command of the Brooklyn Naval Hospital and later the Washington Naval Hospital until his appointment as Surgeon General in 1933. He was the first Surgeon General to accompany the Fleet on extensive maneuvers, and was instrumental in planning for the new National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.