Col. George F. Baltzell — of Baltzell Gate fame — was a decorated officer of the Army who helped to develop the military school system.
Baltzell was born in 1875 in Marianna, Fla., and died there at age 62.
He was a career military man, who after many other posts spent his final assignment in command of the 22nd Infantry at Fort McClellan.
After his 1897 graduation from the U.S. Military Academy, Baltzell served in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.
He then sailed for a tour in the Philippines before attending the Infantry-Cavalry school where he was a distinguished graduate.
Baltzell graduated the Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., then stayed for several years teaching military art in the Army Service Schools.
In 1911 he was ordered to the Panama Canal as Inspector-Instructor of the Virginia National Guard for six years.
During WWI he was named Inspector of a National Guard division from Washington D.C. and was shipped to France.
Less than a month after he arrived, he was moved to the training staff, where he served for the next year.
He returned to the United States in February 1919 and served as the executive officer of the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Ga., for about a year before returning to Washington, working in the office of the Chief of Infantry.
Baltzell received the Distinguished Service Cross for contributing to the training of officers and troops of the A. E. F. and to the development of military school system.
After graduating the Army War College in 1922, he was assigned to work in the office of the chief of militia bureau for three years.
He then left and took a short course at the infantry school before being put in charge of the 22nd Infantry.
Baltzell was then moved in that capacity, to Fort McClellan where he served out his final assignment.