Ambulance Corpsman and Hospital Steward US Army

Circumstances very quickly dictated that a large number of special support services be created to help cope with the enormous and completely unprecedented numbers of sick and injured. Out on the battlefield an ambulance corps was organized in an attempt to get the wounded speedily to the surgeons in the rear. Men too short or otherwise unfit for active duty became ambulance corpsmen, like the boy on the left. Their uniforms differed little from those of regular soldiers except for an occasional insignia. More specialized training was required for the hospital stewards like the man on the right. Given at least a smattering of medical education, their tasks were to tend the wounded, assist the surgeons and to perform a number of other necessary functions, several of which would later be taken over by female nurses in the bigger general hospitals. Only the medical chevrons on his uniform jacket denote his branch of service.

Below: Ambulance drill when posing for the camera could be fun. In battle, the reality was far from it.

Hospital Steward

Below: Ambulance drill when posing for the camera could be fun. In battle, the reality was far from it.

Hospital Steward

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