Another standout figure in the story of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Galveston District (SWG) is none other than Lt. Gen. Edgar Jadwin, namesake of the district’s current headquarters building. Jadwin arrived at SWG in May 1903 as a captain, already carrying a sterling reputation within the Corps. A high honors West Point graduate, Jadwin distinguished himself in the Spanish-American War commanding a battalion with the 3rd U.S. Volunteer Engineers in Cuba. During World War I, he earned a Distinguished Service Medal, among other decorations, from the British and French governments. Jadwin would then be selected to assist in the construction of the Panama Canal, where he would construct a breakwater at the canal’s Atlantic side. He also served as USACE chief of engineers from 1926 to 1929.

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