The truth has now emerged. Ross T. McIntire was a physician of high competence and character and the epitome of the duty and honor of a naval officer, consistently compromising his own personal reputation in order to honor the wishes of his Commander-in-Chief. His recognition in this role is long overdue.
A January 29, 1945 letter to Albert Q. Maisel from Doctor Frank Lahey, a man not easily given to compliments, about McIntire sums it up well:
“I do not flatter him in the least when I say I have never known a more completely unselfish individual in such a high and influential position. He wants nothing for himself…Everywhere I go in the Navy, I talk with commanding officers and they all feel as I do, that the Navy and the country is blessed with such a Surgeon General.”