Lieutenant General George Sammet, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 18, 1919 and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1940. He received a reserve commission in the Field Artillery and was on active duty with the 359th Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
He received a Regular Army commission in 1946 and was a member of the Artillery School faculty at Fort Sill, Oklahoma for two years. He was then the director of instruction at the Turkish Artillery School from 1955 to 1957. In 1960, he became project manager for the M109 self-propelled howitzer. He then was involved in research and development with the International, Plans and Programs, and Combat Materiel Divisions of the Office, Chief of Research and Development. In 1963, he commanded the 4th U.S. Army Missile Command in Korea. In the late 1960's he returned to the Office of Research and Development, serving in several capacities, then served as Deputy Director of Development for the Army Materiel Command. A tour in Korea as a senior advisor to the Republic of Korea Army was followed by a third tour at the Office of Research and Development, where he became Deputy Chief as a major general in 1970.
He subsequently became known as "The Father of Project Management for the Army." General Sammet retired as Commander of the U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command in September 1977 and has since continued to serve Ordnance in private industry.