Family with Four Generations of Service Supports the Museum

Dr. Peter M. Tan, a retired Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is President and CEO of TANARM, LLC. He spent 36 years in the United States Army and retired with the rank of Colonel. His father, a career civil servant and a World War II Army veteran, and his mother, a Congressional Gold Medal awardee, instilled in Dr. Tan the importance of the Army Values, which resulted in four generations of the Tan Family serving our country proudly, to include his two sons. Dr. Tan’s eldest son, Captain (P) Peter M. Tan, Jr. recently completed his surgical residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and his youngest son, Cadet Ryan S. Tan is a senior at West Virginia University.

“Our families have served this nation for four generations in conflicts since World War II to include two Bataan Death March survivors (Prisoners of War), the occupation of Japanese forces in the Philippines, the evacuation of Saigon, and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom,” explained Dr. Tan.

Dr. Tan has previously held 4 command positions and was the DIMA Dental Corps Chief, the ranking Dental Corps Reservist at the Office of The Surgeon General and the Pentagon. He is currently an Army Medicine Ambassador (Tier 3) for The Surgeon General of the Army, Vice President for the MOAA Citrus County, Fla. Chapter, and on the Board of Directors for AUSA’s, Suncoast Chapter and the Association of Army Dentistry.

Upon hearing about The Army Historical Foundation (AHF) and their charge to build the National Museum of the United States Army, Dr. Tan recognized the natural fit for his personal and philanthropic endeavors. “I supported the Museum initially with a brick for my parents, and then decided to commemorate the memories of our rich family history with the dedication of an Alcove in the Veterans’ Hall.”

“We are grateful to have such strong support from the Tan Family. Dr. Tan has shown through his support and dedication to the Museum, he and his family are committed to seeing this mission through to the end” acknowledged Shannon Spencer, AHF’s Development Officer, Major Gifts. “As an Army veteran myself, supporters like the Tan family, are not only helping to create a place for Soldiers to call home, but are also helping to show those, who may not be familiar with the Army, the intricate role the Army has played in American history and our society.”

If you are interested in learning more about the different ways in which you can donate to the Museum, like the Tan Family, please contact Julie Kaplan at or (703) 562-4175.

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