American Service Record

Discussion in 'US Units' started by dga99, May 28, 2014.

  1. dga99

    dga99 Junior Member

    Can someone tell me what the initials "MD" in Box #4 designates? I'm having problems finding this veterans regular unit that he was assigned to. He was transferred to the 30th Evacuation Hospital for his return to the US but that wasn't his assigned unit.

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  2. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    Not sure how the American Military works but I'd guess the M stands for Medical looking at the unit he was with
  3. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I've added 'American' to the thread title.
    It'll help attract the attention of those who can help.
  4. dga99

    dga99 Junior Member

    Can anyone tell me what the initials "MD" in box #4 (Arm or Service) on the attached Form 53-55 would indicate?

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  5. dga99

    dga99 Junior Member

    The 30th Evacuation Hospital was not his regular assigned unit. He was transferred to the 30th Evac Hospital for his return trip to the US. One person suggested that "MD" might mean "Marine Detachment" but I did think that the Marines were a part of US Army in WWII
  6. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Might be too obvious but don't the Americans call their doctors MD s?
  7. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

  8. Bernard85

    Bernard85 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    good day dga99,junior 53-55.well your thumbnail shows it to be a field box to be medical doctor.or medical department.(could be rong) regards bernard85. :salut:
  9. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Merged duplicate threads asking same question.
  10. Earthican

    Earthican Senior Member

    MD - Medical Department

    Other Medical branches described here:

    Do you have reason to believe he served with a Medical Detachment to an Infantry regiment or Field Artillery battalion or other? Medics are more likely to identify with these units in combat but they were still Medical Department personnel.
  11. dga99

    dga99 Junior Member

    I am now convinced that "MD" does designate "Medical Department". That was my first guess when I saw that his organization was the 30th Evacuation Hospital. However I knew that it wasn't his regular assigned unit so I was looking for other meanings. However I forgot that the discharge papers represent the last unit that he was assigned to at time of discharge and not his regular unit. Now I have to try to find out what his regular unit was. If his OMPF didn't survive the 1973 fire then I might never find out.

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