Fort Sam Houston is a US Army base in Texas. It is named for the first President of the Republic of Texas, Sam Houston.
During its history it has seen a number of famous figures within its boundaries. One was Brigadier General Billy Mitchell, one of the strongest advocates of the airpower in the US Army after World War I. He was posted there after being demoted to Colonel for disobeying orders.
It also saw Dwight Eisenhower, who was posted to Fort Sam Houston twice during his career, as First Lieutenant Eisenhower in 1915-1917 and again 1939-1941. On 2 October 1915, Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower was introduced to Mamie Dowd at the Officers' Mess in Fort Sam Houston. They were married in 1916 and lived there in 1916-17. During his time at Fort Sam Houston, Eisenhower was promoted to Captain. As Colonel Eisenhower, he returned to Fort Sam Houston in 1939 serving as Chief of Staff, 3rd Army. During this period he was promoted to Brigadier General and it was at Fort Sam Houston on a quiet December afternoon in 1941 that he learned of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. This event would not only change the course of American history but his personal history as well.
Currently, Fort Sam Houston serves as the home of the United States Army Medical Divsion
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National Museum of Health and MedicineFounded in 1862 as the US Army Medical Museum, the museum today exhibits a large collection of American military medical tools, equipment, and models. Located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.