By Nolan A. (Andy) Watson, AMEDD Center of History and HeritageJuly 24, 2018
As a part of the World War I Centennial observance, the AMEDD Center of History and Heritage has created a poster series that recognizes the roles of U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel during the war. Each series set consists of eight posters that feature the medical corps of the Army's Medical Department. More than just placards, the posters provide a historical glimpse into the Army of 100 years ago with sharp images and information.
Doctors, dentists, nurses, and medical enlisted personnel are presented with their numbers and activities during the war, less well-known are Army veterinarians, Sanitary Corps members, civilians, and reconstruction aids (physical/occupational therapy). While not every specialty is listed, all of the current US Army Medical Department Corps are represented.
A limited number of the posters will be sent to Army hospitals, various commands, medical centers and activities, and medical brigades. Don't worry! You can download your copy of the posters at this website: http://ameddregiment.amedd.army.mil/posters.html
Some World War I AMEDD facts:
• As the Army expanded for the war Army doctors conducted almost 4 million physical examinations.
• When America entered the war, the number of Army doctors increased from roughly 800 to over 30,000.
• AMEDD Soldiers CPT Conrad Wesselhoeft, 1LT Frank L. Williams, and PFC Harry Liebeskind each received two Distinguished Service Crosses for their wartime efforts.
• Over 21,000 nurses served in the Army during World War I.
• A new component to the force, African-Americans served as doctors, dentists, and veterinarians during World War I. African-American physicians, Urbane F. Bass and Thomas E. Jones earned the Distinguished Service Cross during the war.