Military Bios

Brigadier General Loyd E. Griffis:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Died May 25, 1982.
Loyd Eugene Griffis was born in Alzada, Mont., in 1905. He received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1926 and his doctor of medicine degree there in 1930.
Appointed a first lieutenant in the Medical Reserve May 24, 1930, he served a year's internship at Letterman General hospital, San Francisco, Calif., and received his regular commission as a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps July 21, 1931.
Assigned to Fort MacArthur, Calif., as assistant surgeon, a year later General Griffis entered the Army Medical School, graduating in January 1933. He then transferred to the Medical Field Service School, from which he graduated in June 1933. After duty with the Civilian Conservation Corps, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, in May 1934 he became assistant surgeon at Bolling Field, D.C.
Moving to Albrook Field, Panama Canal Zone, in April 1938 General Griffis was appointed flight surgeon and assistant surgeon. In May 1940 he was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Air Corps as assistant chief of the office in charge of medical research in connection with aircrew selection and physiology of flight. General Griffis became chief of the Research Division in the Office of the Air Surgeon at Army Air Force headquarters, Washington, D.C. in March 1942, and in September 1945 assumed duties as chief of the Aero Medical Laboratory at Wright Field, Ohio.
Going to Paris, France in April 1946, General Griffis became surgeon of the European Division of Air Transport Command. A year later he was transferred to Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and appointed senior flight surgeon and acting post surgeon of the 317th Station Hospital, Wiesbadem, Germany. Assuming command of that hospital in June 1947, the following January General Griffis became air surgeon for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, also in Wiesbaden.
Reassigned to the Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., in March 1949, General Griffis assumed duties as surgeon of that command.
His decorations include the Legion of Merit. He is rated a flight surgeon and medical aircraft observer.


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