Brigadier General Edward Joseph Tracy (1902-1967), Medical Officer




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Edward J Tracy

Class of 1929 Minnesota University



Edward Joseph Tracy was born in St. Paul, Minn., on the 7th September 1902, the son of Edward Tracy and Mary O'Rourke.


He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Thomas College in St. Paul in 1924. The following year he taught sciences and coached football and basketball at Dassell (Minn.) High School. He then entered the University of Minnesota, from which he received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Medicine degrees in 1929, and his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1930.


In July 1929, General Tracy was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Medical reserve of the Army and assigned to Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colo. Upon completion of his internship a year later he received his Regular Commission as a first lieutenant in the Medical Corps.


During 1932 and 1933, General Tracy attended a number of military service schools, including the Army Medical School, Washington, D.C.; Medical Field Service School, Carlisle Barracks, Pa.; and the School of Aviation Medicine at Randolph Field, Texas. The following five years he served a various installations in the United States as a flight surgeon, and in February 1938 became flight surgeon at Clark Field, Philippine Islands. In March 1940, he was named Chief of Surgical Service at Selfridge Field, Mich., and a year later became the post surgeon in Albuquerque, N.M.


General Tracy went to Europe in May 1942 as staff surgeon of the Eighth Bomber Command, and in January 1944 became staff surgeon of the Eighth Air Force in that theater. Two months later he was appointed assistant staff surgeon of the AAF in the Mediterranean theater, and in July 1944 became staff surgeon there.


In February 1945, General Tracy was assigned to Bolling Field, D.C., as surgeon of the Continental Air Forces. He became deputy air surgeon in the Air Surgeon's Office at AAF Headquarters, Washington, D.C., in August 1945, and in September 1946, was named base surgeon at Mitchel Field, N.Y. In October 1948, he transferred to March Air Force Base, Calif., where he served as surgeon for the First Air Wing until August 1949; commander of the 22nd Medical Group until May 1951; and air surgeon for the 15th Air Force until July 1953.


General Tracy was appointed surgeon of Air Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, in September 1953.


He has been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Commendation Ribbon with two oak leaf clusters.


Edward Joseph Tracy (Sep. 7, 1902-Feb. 23, 1967)

Brig Gen US Air Force, World War II, Korea

Burial: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA, Plot: B, 121-7        








Family History


Edmd/Edmund/Ned Tracy/Tracey/Treasy & Catherine/Cath/Kate Leo of Limerick Ireland

Mary Tracy b. 28 Nov 1844 of Loughguir [Loughgur Knockainy] Sp. Michl Lahy & Cath Leo. Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Michael Tracey b. 4 Oct 1846 of New Church Sp. Rich Galligan & Elisa Butler Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Catherine Tracy b. 9 Jun 1850 of Killelough Sp. David Coleman & Bridget Tracy Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

John Tracey b. 22 Aug 1852 of Killelough Sp. Garret & Catherine Punch Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Bridget Tracey b. 14 Jan 1855 of Loughguir Sp. David Coleman & Bridget Ryan Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Alice Tracey b. 24 May 1857 of Loughguir Sp. Daniel & Mary Ryan Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Edmund Tracy b. 27 Nov 1859 of Loughguir Sp. John Coffey & Ellen Casey Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Andy Treasy b. 31 Mar 1862 Sp. Patrick Punch & Marg Punch Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Patrick Tracy b. 21 Aug 1864 Sp. Patrick Hugin & Mary Tracy Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Kate Tracy b. 12 Nov 1865 Sp. Daniel Ryan & Mary Lillis Knockany and Patrickswell Parish (Catherine b. 17 November 1865 Bruff (LDS))

Ann Tracy b. 21 Jan 1869 Sp. Michl Tracy & Narry Punch Knockany and Patrickswell Parish (Anne b. 28 January 1869 Bruff (LDS))

Johanna b. 12 April 1872 Bruff (LDS)


Brigt Treacy married David Coleman 1831 Wit: Edmd Treacy, John Ryan & William Quinch. Knockany and Patrickswell Parish

Bridgita/Brigida Tracy & Davidis Coleman

David Coleman b. 23 Jan 1834 Sp. Jerema O'Brien & Maria Coleman. Bruff Parish

Patritius Coleman b. 17 Mar 1836 Sp. Cornelio Tracy & Catharina Coleman. Bruff Parish


Andrew Tracey (b. circa 1858 Ireland d. 20 Jan 1925 Chicago, Cook, Illinois) (s. of Edward Tracey b. Ireland & Catherine Lowe b. Ireland)

Residence: Little Sisters,

Burial Date: 23 Jan 1925 Mt. Carmel


Alice Curtin died 17 May 1930 address 10 No Huron Chicago, Cook, Illinois, age 67, born 1863 Ireland (d. of Edward Tracy & Catherine Leo both born Ireland)

Occupation: Cook

Spouse's Name: Martin

Marital Status: Widowed

Informant's Name: M Jarlath

Buried 22 May 1930 St. Josephs River Grove, Cook, Ill.


Erected By

Catherine Tracey

In Memory Of

Her Beloved Husband

Edmond Tracey

Who Died 1st June 1896

Aged 84 Years





1895 US Census - No.1 Engine House, W425 St?, t. Paul city, Ward 04, Ramsey, Minnesota

Edward Tracey M 30 Ireland, resident 7y state, 5y6m district, Fireman


1900 US Census - St. Paul city Ward 5, Ramsey, Minnesota

Head Edward Tracy, M, 36, b. Jan 1864 Ireland, emigrated 1882, married 1899, fireman

Wife Mary Tracy, F, 32. B. Feb 1868 Minnesota, parents b. Ireland

Daughter Mary Tracy, F, 0, Minnesota

Boarder Patrick S Orourke, M, 38, b. May 1862 Minnesota, father b. Ireland mother b. Canada, tea & coffee dealer


1905 Census – St Paul, Ward Number: 05, Ramsey, Minnesota

Head Edward Tracy, M, 44, b. residence 26? State, 5y9m district, Lieut St. P F Dept

Wife Mary J Tracy, F, 37, Minnesota, parents b. Ireland & Ohio, residence 37 6 State, 5y9m district, Hwife

Daughter Mary J Tracy, F, 5y1m, Minnesota

Son Edward J Tracey, M, 2y6m, Minnesota, father b. Ireland mother b. Minnesota

Daughter Catherine O Tracy, F, 0y4m, Minnesota


Edward Treacy & Mary O'Rourke

Leonard John Treacy b. 05 Nov 1907 St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota


1910 US Census - St Paul Ward 8, Ramsey, Minnesota

SELF  Edward D Tracy  M 50y Ireland, emigrated 1880

WIFE  Mary P Tracy  F 41y Minnesota 

DAU  Mary P Tracy  F 9y Minnesota 

SON  Edward J Tracy  M 7y Minnesota 

SON  John L Tracy  M 2y Minnesota 


1920 US Census - Rosemount, Dakota, Minnesota

Head  Edward D Tracy  M 56 Ireland, emigrated 1886

Wife  Mary T Tracy  F 52 Minnesota 

Daughter  Marie P Tracy  F 19 Minnesota 

Son  Edward J Tracy  M 17 Minnesota 

Son  John L Tracy  M 12 Minnesota 

Employee  James A Hurley  M 53 Pennsylvania 


1930 US Census - Rosemount, Dakota, Minnesota

Head  Edward Tracey  M 70 Ireland, emigrated 1891 

Wife  Mary Tracey  F 63 Minnesota 

Lodger  Anthony Nelson  M 74 Norway 

Lodger  Louis Vignes  M 46 Illinois 


Mary Tracy died 09 May 1931 Rosemont, Dakota Co., Minnesota, 63 years, b. 1868 (d. of Michael O'Rourke & Mary Mckenna) Spouse: Edward Tracy


1940 US Census - Ward 5, St. Paul, St. Paul City, Ramsey, Minnesota

Edward Tracey, M, 80, Widowed, b. 1860 Irish Free State 





Leonard John Tracy Born 11-5- 1907 in St. Paul. Moved to Rosemount in 1910 where he was raised on a farm. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary & Edward; sisters, Catherine and Marie (Daly); brother, Edward; daughter Mary Lois; son, Leonard Jr. and grandson, Daniel. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Lois; son, Michael (Becky); daughters, Patricia (Steven) Renteria, Sheila (Scott) Smith and Mary (James) Lewin; 11 grandchildren; 3 great- grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was a graduate of St. Thomas College, retired from the USNR as a LT. Comdr. serving during WWII in the pacific and Korean War. Attended U of MN and Northwestern Univ. He received a Master's degree in counseling from St. Thomas. Taught and coached at Cretin, Monroe and Wilson High Schools. Served as a counselor at Humboldt and Harding High Schools, retiring after 40 years. Charter member of St. Leo's, Midway Serra Club, St. Thomas President's Club and many others. Director of the Fr. Foley Camp for boys on Whitefish Lake for 9 summers. Funeral leaving from O'Halloran & Murphy 10:00 AM Saturday, October 30, 2004 for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM, St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 2055 Bohland Ave. Visitation 4-7 PM Friday at O'Halloran and Murphy, 575 S. Snelling Ave. 651-698-0796. Interment St. Joseph's Cemetery in Rosemount at 2:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Univ. of St. Thomas Scholarship Fund, Midway Serra, The St. Leo's Bldg. Fund, or donor's choice.




Saint Joseph Cemetery, Rosemount, Dakota County, Minnesota

Edward Tracy 1859-1941

Leonard John Tracy 5 Nov 1907-27 Oct 2004 LCDR U.S. Navy, World War II Korea 

Mary O'Rourke Tracy 1878-1931



Michael Tracy & Catherine Leo


Edward J Tracy spouse Mary Theresa O Rourke Unknown-1931


Catherine Olive Tracy

Edward J Tracy

Leonard J Tracy

Teresa Marie Tracy1900-1961



Last update: 03 April 2022