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George R. Spalding, American army officer. Awarded Officer Order of Leopold (Belgium), Legion of Honor (France); Distinguished Service Medal, United States Life Saving medal. Awarded Distinguished Service Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster. Returned to disability list, January 7, 1945, and ordered home. Member Society American Military Engineers.


Spalding, George R. was born on January 25, 1877 in Monroe, Michigan, United States. Son of General George and Augusta (Lewis) Spalding.


Bachelor of Science, United States Military Academy, 1901. Graduate Engineer School of Application, 1905, Field Engineering School, 1911, Army War College, 1920.


Commissioned Second lieutenant, Corps Engineers, 1901, and advanced through the grades to brigadier general, 1936. Served in P.I., 1901-1903. Mapping and camp layout, Virginia maneuvers, 1904.

Locks and dams, Ohio River, 1905-1906. Improvement Great Lakes and connecting channels, 1907. River and harbor works, Florida, 1908-1911.

Instructor field engineering, Command and General staff schedul, 1911-1915. Ohio River Improvement, Cincinnati and Louisville, 1916-1917. With American Expeditionary Forces, as commanding officer, 305th Engineers, div. engineer, 80th Division, corps engineer, 5th Corps.

Chief engineer, 1st Army and 3rd Army. Deputy chief engineer American Expeditionary Force. Instructor Army War College, 1919-1920.

Director course supply and transportation, 1920-1923. Charge, construction Wilson Dam, Tennessee River, 1923-1925. Ohio River locks and dams, 1925-1929.

Div. engineer, improvement of Missouri, Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Ohio, 1929-1933. Commanded Engineer school and Post, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1933-1934. Div. engineer New York, 1935-1936.

Assistant chief of staff, War Department, 1936-1938. Retired for disability, 1938. Recalled to Office of Chief of Staff in organization of Lend-Lease Administration, 1941.

Army service forces in liaison with various civilian agencies. Office of Chief of Staff, assisting in organization of Public Works Administration, 1932.


Member Society American Military Engineers.


Married Alice Minnie Ruff, September 17, 1904. Children: George, Alice (Mistress.

General George Spalding

Augusta (Lewis) Spalding

Alice Minnie Ruff

George Spalding

Alice (Mrs Spalding