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George Irving Back, American army officer. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (United States), Commander of British Empire (Great Britain), Grand Official and Order of Crown (Italy), Brazilian War Medal.


Back, George Irving was born on February 25, 1894 in Sioux City, Iowa, United States. Son of Aaron and Carline (Dorum) Back.


Bachelor of Arts, Morningside College, 1921. Graduate work, Yale, 1920-1921.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, Signal corpus, United States army, 1917, and advanced through the grades to brigadier general, 1945. Student, communications engineering, Yale, 1920-1921. Assistant department signal officer, Hawaiian Department, 1922-1924.

Chief, wire communications engineering section, Office Chief Signal Officer, Washington, 1924-1929, Signal Corps Laboratories, 1929-1933. Student Signal Corps School, 1933-1934. Chief, Army Communications Service, 1934-1938.

Student Command and General staff schedul, 1938-1939. Secretary Signal Corps Board, 1939-1941. Chief communications div. signal section, General Headquarters, 1941-1942.

Executive officer, engineering and supply service, Office Chief Signal Officer, 1942-1943, director distribution div., 1943-1944. Chief signal officer Mediterranean Theatre of Operations from 1944. Chief Army Communications Service 1945-1946.

Signal Officer General Headquarters, F.E.C. and chief Civil Communications Section, South Carolina.A.P. from 1947.


Married Rosalie Henry Rives, November 26, 1927.

Aaron Back

Carline (Dorum) Back

Rosalie Henry Rives