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

Numerous Articles updated.
Wednesday 25th June, 2014

Recent discovery of extra data have 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 Army Nurse Corps
- Brief Overview of The Medical Department
- Medical Tentage
- The WW2 Aid Station

Various Unit Histories updated.
Monday 23rd June, 2014

Recent discovery of extra data and illustrations have enabled us to update the current MRC Unit Histories. We kindly invite you to browse through our webpages at your convenience. The following pages have been updated course of June 2014:

- 4th General Hospital Unit History
- 42d Field Hospital Unit History
- 50th General Hospital Unit History
- 74th General Hospital Unit History
- 95th Evacuation Hospital Unit History
- 603d Medical Clearing Company Unit History
- 232d Station Hospital Unit History

Tec 5 Arthur R. Mann's Testimony added.
Sunday 1st June, 2014

With the assistance of Russell A. Mann, son of Technician 5th Grade Arthur R. Mann (ASN:36242816), we have now been able to complete the editing of his Father's Testimony. The new texts can be found in the "Testimonies" menu of the main website navigation.

232d Station Hospital Unit History added.
Thursday 29th May, 2014

With the precious assistance of Terry Haslam-Jones, son of Pvt. Floyd L. Vanderhoof (ASN:36295388), we are pleased to announce the addition of the 232d Station Hospital's Unit History to our website. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.

Download: First Aid in Flight - 1944 added.
Monday 21st April, 2014

A new download has been added to the site. This one is entitled "First Aid in Flight". You can find this in the Documents section of our Downloads page.

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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)