McIntire, Ross T, VADM

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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
1941-1947, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
Service Years
1917 - 1947
Medical Corps
Vice Admiral

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Contact Info
Home Town
Salem, OR
Last Address
Chicago, IL

Date of Passing
Dec 08, 1959
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
2 4738-B L

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

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United States Navy Memorial
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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Last Known Activity
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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.”

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.

Other Comments:

Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded for Actions During World War II
Service: Navy
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 348 (March 1946)
Citation: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Vice Admiral (MC) Ross T. McIntire, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States as Chief of Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Surgeon General of the Navy from 7 December 1941 to 31 August 1945. Admiral McIntire directed the planning and the practical application of the vast program which provided medical care and supply for the Navy and Marine Corps on an unprecedented scale.

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyBureau of Medicine (BUMED)NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)USS Relief (AH-1)
NAVSTA Washington DCNAVSTA Anacostia, DCBureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
  1917-1919, USS New Orleans (CL-22)
  1920-1920, 210X, Naval Hospital Canacao, Philippines
  1922-1923, NMC San Diego (Balboa Naval Hospital)
  1923-1925, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1925-1928, NAVSTA Washington DC
  1930-1931, 210X, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1932-1935, NAVSTA Anacostia, DC
  1933-1947, The White House
  1941-1947, 210X, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I/Atlantic Convoy
 Colleges Attended 
Willamette University
  1907-1912, Willamette University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  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
  VADM McIntire and the Unanswered Mysteries in the Health of FDR
  Apr 04, 1917, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Jul 30, 1919, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Jun 05, 1924, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Jun 30, 1934, Promoted to Commander
  Jul 01, 1940, Promoted to Captain
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to Vice Admiral
  Aug 25, 1950, National Director of the American Red Cross Blood Program (1950)1
  Aug 04, 2008, Personal physician to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from 1932 to 19455
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