Retired March 1, 1969. Died April 4, 1994.
Major General Major Samuel White is command surgeon, Pacific Air Forces. In this capacity he advises the commander in chief, Pacific Air Forces on all medical matters and directs the command medical service program. His responsibilities include the command's hospital and dispensary systems, preventive medicine policies, flight medicine, aeromedical evacuation, and the overall effectiveness of personnel as pertains to health and medicine.
General White was born in New York City in 1907. After receiving his medical degree from New York University in 1931 he was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps and interned at Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, D.C.
His first assignment was assistant post surgeon, Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Upon completing the aviation medicine course at the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine in 1935, General White was assigned as flight surgeon at Barksdale Field, La.
General White was director of the Department of Aviation Medicine at the U.S. Air Force School of Aviation Medicine, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, from 1940 to 1942. During 1942-44, he established the Aeromedical Department of the Army Air Force School of Applied Tactics, Orlando, Fla., and served as its director.
In 1945, the general was a member of the U.S. Army Air Forces group which pioneered the first scheduled round-the-world military air transport flights in six days.
As command surgeon of the Global Air Transport Command from 1944 to 1947, the general was responsible for the world-wide air evacuation of all United States sick and wounded personnel, then a revolutionary concept in handling military casualties.
General White, as the first command surgeon of the United States Air Forces in Europe, had the responsibility of initially organizing the U.S. Air Force medical facilities in Europe, supplying medical support for the Berlin Airlift, and providing aeromedical evacuation of military patients in an area five times the size of the United States.
During his tour as command surgeon of the Tactical Air Command from 1951 to 1956, the general was instrumental in developing and administering the Aviation Medicine Residency Training Program and in establishing the USAF Tactical Medical Center at Donaldson Air Force Base, S.C. Upon completion of this tour, he was assigned as director of Medical Staffing and Education Office of the Surgeon General, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.
In 1959, he became command surgeon, Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, and on completion of this assignment in 1963 he became Federal Air Surgeons Federal Aviation Agency, Washington, D.C.
General White became command surgeon, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces, in September 1965.
In 1940, General White made the first electrocardiograph recordings and the first complete scientific study of heart action in high-altitude flying. This study led to the development of techniques for the recording of biological functions which are now widely used in the investigation of human factors in flights.
General White, a flight surgeon for more than 30 years, is a fellow and has been alternate governor of the American College of Physicians, a fellow and past president (1958-59) of the Aerospace Medical Association, a fellow of American College of Preventive Medicine, a fellow of the Council of Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association, a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Executive Council and vice president of the Association of Military Surgeons, the Committee of Aerospace Medicine of the Council on Environmental Health of the American Medical Association and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Aviation Medicine (now called Aerospace Medicine). In November 1965 he became president of the Association of Military Surgeons. He is board certified in aviation medicine, internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases.
The general has written many technical articles on Aviation Medicine and Cardiology in the journals of the American Medical Associations Military Surgeons Journal of Aviation Medicine, American Heart Journal, American Journal of Physiology.