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George Edwin Ijams, American military officer. Decorated Purple Heart (United States); Officer Order of Crown of Italy; Officer French Academy (gold palms); Chevalier Legion of Honor (France); Order of Lafayette (France).


Ijams, George Edwin was born on September 29, 1888 in at Baltimore. Son of Doctor George Edgar and Helen Elizabeth (Jordan) Ijams.


Educated Baltimore grade schools and Baltimore City College.


Enlisted in Maryland Cavalry, 1908. Served on the Mexican border in First Maryland Cavalry, National Guard, 1916. Enlisted as private A.U.S., subsequently entered R.O.T.C., Fort Myer, Virginia, 1917.

Served as captain of infantry, United States Army. Assigned to American Expeditionary Force, detachment of War Risk Insurance Bureau. Drafted plan of soldier insurance, used in the field.

Appointed war risk insurance officer of 1st Division. In that capacity wrote $200,000,000 insurance at the front, some of it under fire for which cited by General Pershing for “exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service”. Joined staff of Brig.

General Charles G. Dawes, rendering service in England, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Italy and N. Africa, coöperating with military missions of allies. Promoted to major and lieutenant colonel. Given special duties with demobilization and peace conference.

On return to the United States appointed assistant director Bureau War Risk Insurance. Sent to Europe to negotiate reciprocal agreements with foreign countries for care disabled veterans, 1921. Director United States Veterans Bureau during its last year.

Was assistant administrator Veterinary Administration since organization, in charge medical and domiciliary care, construction and supplies.


Member Commission to study economics conditions in P.I., created by Japanese occupation, May 1945, which resulted in establishment War claims Commission, 1948. Resigned from governor March 1, 1946, to serve as director, National Rehabilitation Service, Veterans Foreign Wars to 1954. Served 3 terms as commander in chief Military Order World Wars, its.

Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Founders (past president), Society War 1812, American Legion, Heroes of ’76, R.O.T.C. Association of the United States, National Soujourners. Mason ( Knights Templar, Shriner).


Married Mary Rawlings Addison, February 7, 1912. Children: George Edwin, Virginia (Mistress.

Doctor George Edgar Ijams

Helen Elizabeth (Jordan) Ijams

Mary Rawlings Addison

George Edwin Ijams

Virginia (Mrs Ijams