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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1945-1946, The White House/White House Military Office (WHMO)
Service Years
1917 - 1947
Medical Corps
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Salem, Marion County OR
Last Address
Ross T. McIntire (1889-1959)

Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 2, Lot 4738-B L

Date of Passing
Dec 08, 1959
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Presidential Service Badge WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Seal of
the President of the United States
Ross Thomas McIntire
Vice Admiral, Surgeon General United States Navy
Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery of the Navy
Personal Physician to Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, 1932-1946

Ross T. McIntire was personal physician to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from 1932, and White House Physician from 1933-1946. During that time, he rose to the rank of Vice Admiral and Surgeon General of the Navy. The widespread presently-held view of Mcintire’s performance in that capacity is as an excellent and competent wartime administrator but as an abject failure as Presidential physician. While the former is undoubtedly correct, the latter could not be farther from the truth.

Dr. McIntire retired from the navy in 1947. Among his many distinguished subsequent appointments were as Director of the American Red Cross National Blood Bank Program and Executive Director of the International College of Surgeons. He ran unsuccessfully for congress in 1954.

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.”

Other Comments:
United States Navy Admiral. He received his medical degree from Willamette University, Salem OR, in 1912 and entered the Navy Medical Corps in 1917. He served aboard the cruiser New Orleans during World War I. He became the personal physician of President Roosevelt in February 1932 and held that position until Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945. He accompanied President Franklin D. Roosevelt on overseas trips including a cruise to Panama and Hawaii in June 1934 and Casablanca to meet with Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in 1943. He also became Harry S. Truman's personal physician until leaving the navy in 1946. He retired as Vice Admiral in 1947.
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 Duty Stations
US NavyBureau of Medicine (BUMED)NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)USS Relief (AH-1)
NAVSTA Anacostia/Washington DCUSS Indianapolis (CA-35)USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)/Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
The White House/White House Military Office (WHMO)
  1917-1919, USS New Orleans (CL-22)
  1919-1920, Naval Hospital Canacao, Philippines
  1922-1924, NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
  1924-1925, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1927-1929, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)/Naval Hospital (NAVHOSP)/Navy Regional Medical Center (NRMC)/Naval Medical Center (NAVMEDCEN)/Naval
  1929-1931, Naval Sea Units
  1931-1933, NAVSTA Anacostia/Washington DC
  1933-1938, The White House
  1936-1936, USS Indianapolis (CA-35)
  1938-1939, USS Houston (CA-30)
  1938-1943, The White House
  1938-1946, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1940-1940, USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37)
  1944-1946, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)/Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
  1944-1946, The White House
  1945-1946, The White House/White House Military Office (WHMO)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1917-1918 World War I/Convoy Duty - Azores and Gibraltar areas
 Colleges Attended 
Willamette University
  1907-1912, Willamette University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Personal physician to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from 1932 to 19455
  President Franklin D. Roosevelt Flew to Meet British Prime Minister Winston Churchill for a Summit i
  Vice Admiral Ross T. McIntire, White House Physician2
  From: FDR's Deadly Secret
  Aug 25, 1950, National Director of the American Red Cross Blood Program (1950)1
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