Robert W. Green, Army major general

June 18, 2011

Robert W. Green, 93, a physician and Army major general whose final active-duty assignment was deputy surgeon general of the Army, died June 5 at his home in the Mount Vernon area of Fairfax County. He had congestive heart failure.

Dr. Green joined the Army during World War II and, as a member of the 1st Infantry Division, participated in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

He joined the Army Medical Corps in 1950 after graduating from medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He later commanded Letterman Army Medical Center at the Presidio of San Francisco.

He retired from active duty in 1978 and began practicing as an internist with the Army Department. He spent several years at the DeWitt hospital at Fort Belvoir before retiring in 1986.

Robert Wesley Green was a native of Vandergrift, Pa., and a 1940 chemistry graduate of Pennsylvania State University. He attended the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

He received the Silver Star in 1944 for evacuating wounded men while under heavy fire in North Africa during World War II. His other decorations included two awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal.

He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Fairfax County.

His wife, the former Alicia Leeney died in 2004.

Survivors include four children, Joanne Janssen of Frisco, Texas, and Barbara Romyn, Sandra McCorkle and Douglas Green, all of Fairfax County; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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