Welcome

Typical view of a Field Hospital, with numerous Hospital Ward Tents, Pyramidal Tents, and Small Wall Tents, the majority of which carry a large circular Geneva Convention or Red Cross marker for identification .

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.

Please use the navigation menu to your left to navigate around the site, and please feel free to leave us your comments and feedback in the Guestbook.

Many thanks for your visit,
Alain S. BATENS and Ben C. MAJOR.

Latest News

48th Field Hospital Unit History added.
Saturday 11th October, 2014

With the precious assistance of Tom Quesinberry, son of Staff Sergeant Ralph L. Quesinberry (ASN:15359295), we are pleased to announce the addition of another Unit History to our website. The new texts look at the service of the 48th Field Hospital during WW2, and can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website.

15th General Hospital Unit History added.
Monday 6th October, 2014

With the precious assistance of Sherry Bytheway, daughter of Major George M. Proctor, MAC (O-1544087), we have now been able to finalise another Unit History. This one looks at the service of the 15th General Hospital during WW2. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.

Miscellaneous Medical Bags, Packs & Containers Article updated.
Sunday 5th October, 2014

Following the discovery of some additional data and information, we have now been able to update the Miscellaneous Medical Bags, Packs & Containers Article. The updated texts contain new photographs and additional items, and can be found in the "Articles" menu of the main website navigation.

114th Evacuation Hospital Unit History added.
Monday 22nd September, 2014

We have now been able to finalize the editing of a new Unit History. This one looks at the service of the 114th Evacuation Hospital during WW2, and can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.

Numerous Articles updated.
Sunday 13th July, 2014

Recent discovery of extra data and illustrations enabled us to update some of our current MRC Articles. We kindly invite you to browse through our webpages at your convenience. The following pages have been updated:

- The Chaplain Corps
- WW2 US Army Litters

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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)