Thursday, October 6, 2011
VADM George M. Davis, Surgeon General (1969-1973)
George Monroe Davis (1916-2004) joined the Navy in 1939. During World War II, Dr. Davis participated in the battles for Kwajalein, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. During his post-war service, he was Chief of Medical Service at Naval Hospital, Annapolis and became Chief of Medicine aboard the hospital ship USS Haven during the Korean War. While CO of Naval Hospital, Bethesda, he also assumed command of the National Naval Medical Center. He became Deputy Surgeon General in 1968 and Surgeon General a year later. During his term, he managed the Medical Department during the latter stages of the Vietnam War, maintained the Department's support of wartime medical requirements, and increased support of health care for family and retirees. He also obtained flag rank for the Nurse Corps.