Retired July 31, 1959. Died July 2, 1985.
Major General Olin F. McIlnay is the deputy surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force.
A native of Polo, Ill., General McIlnay received his bachelor of arts degree from Cornell College of Iowa and his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Iowa.
He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Reserve in June 1928. Upon completing his internship at Letterman General Hospital, General McIlnay received a regular commissioned in the Medical Corps.
During World War II his assignments were: staff surgeon for the Eighth Fighter Command and the Second Air Division in England.
Upon his return to the United States in 1945, he was named assistant surgeon of the AAF Training Command and two years later became command surgeon.
General McIlnay arrived as director of plans and hospitalization, Office of the Surgeon General, from 1952 to 1957. For outstanding service in this position, General McIlnay received an oak leaf cluster to the Legion of Merit. He was responsible for staff planning and hospitalization activities of the Surgeon General's Office that resulted in more than 200 new medical and dental facilities being authorized.
His decorations for service during World War II are the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal and the Croix de Guerre with palm.
General McIlnay is rated a chief flight surgeon and is board certified in aviation medicine. He is a member of the Aerospace Medical Association, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Military Surgeons.