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Dietitians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists became a part of the medical program of the U.S. Army during World War I. They served as civilian employees not only in hospitals in the United States but also in hospitals with the American Expeditionary Forces in France and with the army of occupation in Germany after the armistice.

Among the many medical officers who were impressed with the value of the services rendered by these women during World War I was one young Regular Army medical officer who later became The Surgeon General of the Army. In this capacity, Maj. Gen. Norman T. Kirk played a vital role in the passage of legislation which gave full military status in the Army of the United States to the nurses, dietitians, and physical therapists1 and the later legislation which authorized the establishment of the Women's Medical Specialist Corps and Regular Army status for nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.  Source: https://history.amedd.army.mil/corps/medical_spec/publication.html


 On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the Army Medical Specialist Corps, a review of the Corps history through 1992 was published.  You can view a copy of the review here:  The Army Medical Specialist Corps, 45th Commemorative (CHM Pub 85-2) (as a PDF file, 7MB).


 If you know of other historical documents about the Army Medical Specialist Corps, let us know and we can list them here.

PBS Series to Cover Women in Armed Forces

RAMSCA received this information from Katie Johns, a researcher with Blink Films, the producers of documentary series We'll Meet Again for PBS:

"We'll Meet Again explores significant historic events that have shaped America and its citizens - told not from the point of view of world leaders, but through the eyes of ordinary people who experienced them directly.

Our first season has recently broadcast on PBS, featuring watershed events such as WWII, 9/11 and the Civil Rights Movement. Each episode introduces us to two individuals whose lives were impacted by history and we follow them on a journey of detection as they look for a long-lost friend, comrade, family member or significant stranger.

We are in the process of researching for a second season and we would love to explore the work of women in the armed forces, in particular those who served in the Korean, Vietnam and Gulf Wars. I would love the chance to connect with the women who served in these operations and might be looking to reconnect with someone significant they crossed paths with during these events."

If interested, please contact Katie Johns directly:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: US Line: +1 888 558 6449
Website: www.pbs.org/meet-again

Muriel (Chodos) Pelham - Remembrance

Muriel (Chodos) Pelham was a proud veteran of WWII, serving as a dietitian and Second Lt. in the Army Medical Specialist Corps in the European Theater of Operations.  Click here for her obituary

New Mailing Address for RAMSCA

Please note, this is the new mailing address.  Please use this address for all written correspondence to RAMSCA:

RAMSCA
P.O. Box 34496
San Antonio TX  78265-4496

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