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physician , army officer.

Frank L. Cole, American physician, army officer. Decorated Legion of Merit, Army Commendation ribbon. Diplomate International Board Surgery. American College of Surgeons fellow (governor). International College Surgeons; member of the American Medical Association, Phi Beta Pi.; Mason.


Cole, Frank L. was born on June 11, 1890 in Paris, Idaho, United States. Son of Walter C. and Louisa (Birdneau) Cole.


Graduate So, branch University of Idaho, 1909. Doctor of Medicine University of Illinois, 1914.


Interne, City and County Hospital, St. Paul, 1914-1916. In private practice of medicine, Rigby, Idaho, 1916-1917. Commissioned First lieutenant, Medical Corps, United States Army 1917, and advanced through grades to brigadier general, 1948.

Assigned assistant and chief of surgery Trinler General Hospital, Honolulu, 1928-1931. Chief general surgery Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, 1931-1936. Assistant chief surgeon Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, 1936-1940.

Chief of surgery Army and Navy General Hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1940-1942. Commanding officer in various army hospital, 1942-1946. Chief consultant in surgery to The Surgeon General, 1946-1948.

Commanding general Letterman General Hospital, 1948. Now chief Medical and Health Services, California Civil Defense Office.


American College of Surgeons fellow (governor). International College Surgeons. Member of the American Medical Association, Phi Beta Pi.


Married Orba Ellsworth, June 2, 1917. Children: Frank E., Josephine.

Walter C. Cole

Louisa (Birdneau) Cole

Orba Ellsworth

Frank E. Cole

Josephine Cole