Welcome to the WW2 US Medical Research Centre. We hope that your stay here is a long and enjoyable one. The site is a work-in-progress, designed to offer an excellent research utility to anyone interested in WW2 United States Army Medical history.
The site was founded by two World War 2 medical collectors and re-enactors from Europe, frustrated by the lack of comprehensive research tools for this area of WW2 history. The site originally started out as a database of United States Medical Department Item numbers and descriptions.
The founders hope that you find the site useful, and really would welcome any comments that you may have regarding the site. Please feel free to contact us using the "Contact" page found here.
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Tuesday 18th August, 2015
We are pleased to announce that with the precious assistance of Mary O'Malley (niece of Thomas A. O'Malley), we have now been able to complete the editing of another Unit History. This one looks at the World War Two service of the 34th Evacuation Hospital in the European Theater. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
Saturday 8th August, 2015
We are pleased to announce that we have now been able to finalise the editing of another Unit History. This one looks at the service of the 11th Field Hospital during WW2. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
Wednesday 29th July, 2015
With the precious assistance of John Gerstenschlager, cousin of Cpl. Delmar L. Gerstenschlager (who served with the Company B, 1st Medical Battalion) and Pierre Louis Gosselin of the Big Red One Assault Museum, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to compile another concise Unit History. This one looks at the service of the 1st Medical Battalion, 1st Infantry Division during WW2. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation,
Tuesday 21st July, 2015
With the precious assistance of Frank Tompkins (whose in-laws Technician 5th Grade Robert W. Frisbie, MD and 1st Lieutenant Cleo I. Pressnell, ANC served with the 107th Evac), his daughter for providing them with copies of the Report "Five Stars To Victory"; and Tom Garber, son of 1st Lieutenant Balbina B. Kolinka, ANC, who also served with this Hospital, we have now been able to compile a Unit History of the 107th Evacuation Hospital. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
Thursday 16th July, 2015
With the help of British re-enactors and researchers Claire Thorpe and Lisa Rushby, we have now been able to finalise the editing of the 51st Field Hospital Unit History. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation
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"Ode to the Medics"
(Poem by Cpl John Readey, Cp. Stoneman, Calif.)
(Cp. Stoneman, Pittsburg, California, was a staging area for the San Francisco P/E during World War II)
"They give me shots for tetanus;
For typhoid, I get three!
The yellow fever is an excuse
For one more hole in me."
"They stick the needle in me dry;
They stick it in me wet.
They punch me full of holes, it seems,
At every chance they get."
"Typhus, measles, housemaid's knee,
There's shots for ev'ry thing;
Fallen arches, leprosy:
Boy, those shots do sting!"
"Sometimes those vampires stick me good
Right in a vein of me,
And then they take a pint of blood
And smile with fiendish glee."
"Oh, I haven't been in battle, yet;
In war I haven't starred.
But if you saw the holes in me,
You'd swear I'm battle scarred!"
(Courtesy "Yank-The Army Weekly" 1942)