Chiefs of Signal

1880 - 1947    1947 - Present

Major General George I. Back

1951 - 1955

George Irving Back was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on 24 February 1894. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Signal Officers' Reserve Corps on 27 November 1917. A year later Back was appointed as a first lieutenant in the Signal Corps, Regular Army. Back advanced through the ranks to Major General.


Highlights in Back's military career included: serving as an instructor in World War I, duty in the Training Section, Office of the Chief Signal Officer following the armistice in 1918; appointment in 1922, to Assistant Signal Officer in Headquarters, Hawaiian Department; assignment to the Research and Engineering


Division, Office of the Chief Signal Officer; assignment as Technical Observer on the USAT cable ship Dellwood; duty from 1929 to 1933, at the Signal Corps Laboratories at Fort Monmouth; and appointment in 1941 as Assistant Signal Officer to General Headquarters, Army War College and in 1942, as Executive Officer, Signal Supply Services, Office of the Signal Officer.


In 1944, Back was transferred to the Mediterranean Theater of Operations serving first as Deputy Chief Signal Officer, Allied Forces Headquarters and subsequently as the Chief Signal Officer.


From 1951 to 1955, Back was the Chief Signal Officer, United States Army. He died in 1972.


Back was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Commander, Order of the British Empire; Grand Official and Order of the Crown of Italy, and the Brazilian War Medal.





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