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 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 with any comments, suggestions or questions.
We are pleased to announce the addition of the 27th Evacuation Hospital Unit History to our website. We are thankful to the University Archives, University of Illinois, Chicago Library for kindly allowing use of some images from their collection in this Unit History. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
With the precious assistance of Richard Rell, son-in-law of Second Lieutenant Olga A. Petza, we are pleased to announce the addition of the 101st General Hospital Unit History to our website. The new text can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
With the precious assistance of Miss Veronica Buchanan (Special Collections Librarian, University of Cincinnati), we are pleased to announce the addition of a new Unit History to our web pages. The new texts relate to the WW2 service of the 25th General Hospital during WW2. You can find the Unit History by visiting the "Unit Histories" page from the main website navigation menu.
We are pleased to announce that a new Unit History focusing on the service of the 10th Field Hospital during WW2 is now available on our website. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
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 21st General Hospital during WW2. We are truly indebted to Phillip Skroska, Archivist, Visual and Graphic Archives, Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, who granted permission for us to use some of the images from their collections, and allowing us to utilize the information contained in the paper written by Paul G. Anderson, PhD, "21st General Hospital during World War II, 1939-1945"). Further thanks are due to Fletcher Davis, grandson of Colonel Charles F. Davis, one of the previous Commanding Officers of the 21st General Hospital, who provided some extra information. The new texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
With the precious assistance of Linda Sellers-Foster, proud daughter of Staff Sergeant Ralph K. Sellers (ASN:35339385), who served with the 4th Convalescent Hospital in ETOUSA from October 17, 1943 to November 7, 1945, we have now been able to update our Unit History of the 4th Convalescent Hospital to include many new images. The revised texts can be found in the "Unit Histories" menu of the main website navigation.
"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)