GenItschnerLieutenant General Emerson C. Itschner U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gen. Itschner.Emerson Charles Itschner was born on July 1, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois. His distinguished career began with graduation from the U.S. Military Academy in 1924. He obtained a degree in civil engineering from Cornell University in 1926. His early service consisted of a variety of assignments including field engineer with the Alaska Road Commission, Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics at the Missouri School of Mines, and Resident Engineer with the St. Louis Engineer District. 

Following World War II, he supervised post war reconstruction in the Philippines. He then served as District Engineer in Seattle and Senior Engineer of I Corps in Korea. General Itschner served as North Pacific Division Engineer in Portland, Oregon from 1952 to 1953. In that assignment, he was in charge of the civil works and military programs of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Western Montana and Alaska.

On October 1, 1956, General Itschner became Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was the youngest officer in more than a century to be appointed head of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1961. His honors and awards include the prestigious Army Engineer Association Gold de Fleury medal, Croix de Guerre with Palm, L'Order de Leopold, British Empire Medal, Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart.

He spent his retirement in Portland, Oregon, until his passing in 1995. Throughout that time, he was an ardent and constant supporter of the Portland Post, Society of American Military Engineers. 

To permanently honor this great military and engineering leader, the Portland Post established an endowed scholarship in August 1995 in the College of Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. Receipt of this annual scholarship requires demonstration of high scholastic achievement, active participation in the Oregon State University Student Post of SAME and active participation in one of the Oregon State University ROTCs or full-time students in the College of Engineering, and demonstration of leadership potential, thereby honoring General Itschner's belief in the value of talented professionals who can build and maintain the important professional relationship needed between the military and private industry to best serve our country.

To apply, contact the Oregon State University College of Engineering 


Use the links below to compete for the Society of American Military Engineers Portland Post Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) Scholarship.

  1. To compete for the SAME Portland Post OSAC Scholarship, you will need to apply at http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/scholarship-instructions.aspx.
  2. Additional information on the SAME Portland Post OSAC Scholarship can be found at https://app.oregonstudentaid.gov/Catalog/Default.aspx.
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