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Started by 36-tex , May 31 2013 03:22 PM

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#1 36-tex

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 03:22 PM

I was doing some online research when I came across these two units:

307th Medical Prophylactic Platoon
308th Medical Prophylactic Platoon

I had never heard of such units before.



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 04:21 PM

I'm not sure what you're asking about, there is no text or photo?



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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:28 PM

Here is an almost complete 'unit' of prophylactics.... :lol:

 

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:39 PM

Image (88).jpg These kind?

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Posted 01 June 2013 - 01:36 AM

Disappearing posts?  I was doing some online research when I came across these two units:

307th Medical Prophylactic Platoon
308th Medical Prophylactic Platoon

I had never heard of such units before.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:05 AM

Some reenactor unit needs to set up a PRO station at an event.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 07:00 AM

Disappearing posts?  I was doing some online research when I came across these two units:

307th Medical Prophylactic Platoon
308th Medical Prophylactic Platoon

I had never heard of such units before.

 

Ok, I have no idea what happened to your post.

 

I will edit it to include your question.

 

RC



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 11:54 AM

Found this, they apparently were as of April 1945 on the strenght of the 5th Army as Army Troops, scroll down to Medical Corps units. Now just what they did? handled the stocks of rubbers for distribution whitin the Corps' and Divisions of 5th Army?

 

 

 

 Fifth Army [ of 15th Army Group, 23 Apr 1945 ]
-  Headquarters, Fifth Army
   -  British Increment, Fifth Army
-  VI Corps (American)
-  10 Corps (British)
-  92nd Infantry Division (American)
-  Legnano Combat Group (Italian)
-  135th Regimental Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division [att]
   -  135th Infantry Regiment
   -  125th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Howitzer)
   -  Company B, 109th Engineer Combat Battalion
   -  Company B, 109th Medical Battalion
-  755th Tank Battalion
   -  Detachment, 525th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company (Tank)
-  Special Troops, Fifth Army
   -  Headquarters Detachment, Special Troops
   -  Headquarters Company, Fifth Army
   -  7th Information and Historical Service
   -  22nd Quartermaster Car Company [-1pltn]
   -  33rd Finance Disbursing Section
   -  61st Military Police Company (Post, Camp, and Station)
      -  356th Military Police Guard Detachment [att]
      -  357th Military Police Guard Detachment [att]
      -  33rd Infantry Scout Dog Platoon [att]
      -  34th Infantry Scout Dog Platoon [att]
   -  232nd Army Ground Forces Band
   -  245th Army Ground Forces Band
   -  523rd Quartermaster Car Company [-2pltn]
   -  1628th Engineer Utilities Detachment [6000 Men)
   -  6669th WAC Headquarters Platoon (Overhead)
   -  6736th Headquarters Company (Overhead)
      -  225th Signal RADAR Maintenance Unit [att]
      -  234th Signal RADAR Maintenance Unit [att]
   -  13th Finance Disbursing Section [att]
   -  49th Finance Disbursing Section [att]
   -  210th Italian Clothing and Rations Unit [att]
   -  210th Italian Transport Company [att]
   -  1st Italian Training Battalion [att]
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  1st Italian Training Company (Pack Mule)
      -  2nd Italian Training Company (Pack Mule)
      -  3rd Italian Training Company (Pack Mule)
   -  2nd Italian Training Battalion [att]
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  4th Italian Training Company (General)
      -  5th Italian Training Company (Convalescent)
      -  6th Italian Training Company (Staging)
   -  305th Italian Quartermaster Battalion
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  310th Italian Quartermaster Service Company
      -  311th Italian Quartermaster Service Company
      -  313th Italian Quartermaster Service Company
-  21st Special Service Company
-  45th Special Service Company
-  2633rd Service Company (Overhead
-  2619th Aerial Supply Detachment (Overhead)
-  2695th Technical Supervision Regiment
   -  210th Italian Infantry Division (Administrative) [att]
      -  Headquarters, 210th Italian Infantry Division
      -  Special Troops, 210th Italian Infantry Division
         -  Headquarters Company, 210th Italian Infantry Division
      -  525th Italian Training Regiment
         -  Headquarters and Headquarters Company
      -  20th Italian Pack Mule Group
         -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  548th Italian Quartermaster Group
         -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
         -  303rd Italian Quartermaster Battalion
            -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
         -  318th Italian Quartermaster Company [-2pltn]
-  108th Replacement Battalion [att]
   -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
   -  509th Replacement Company
   -  510th Replacement Company
   -  511th Replacement Company
-  3rd Platoon, 37th Special Service Company [att]
-  Company G, 2675th Regiment, Allied Commission (USC) (Overhead) [-det] [att]
-  Combat Propaganda Team, 2679th Headquarters Company, Psychological Warfare Branch (Overhead) [att]
-  305th Counter-Intelligence Corps Detachment [att]
-  Headquarters, 62nd (British) Antiaircraft Brigade
-  Adjutant General Section, Fifth Army
   -  34th Postal Regulating Section
   -  542nd Army Postal Unit
   -  543rd Army Postal Unit
   -  549th Army Postal Unit
   -  9th Machine Records Unit (Mobile) [att]
   -  10th Machine Records Unit (Mobile) [att]
-  Air Corps, Fifth Army
   -  3rd Depot Unit, Army
   -  12th Liaison Squadron [-det,-3flts]
-  71st AAA Brigade
   -  Headquarters and Headquarters Battery
   -  231st Army Ground Forces Band [att]
      -  630th AAA Automatic Weapons Battalion [-1pltn]
-  2626th Engineer Group (Provisional)
   -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
   -  1168th Engineer Combat Group
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Company
      -  210th Italian Engineer Combat Group
         -  Headquarters and Headquarters Company
   -  1338th Engineer Combat Group
         -  Headquarters and Headquarters Company
   -  92nd Engineer General Service Regiment
   -  224th Engineer General Service Regiment
   -  175th Engineer General Service Regiment [-1bn]
   -  226th Engineer General Service Regiment [-1bn]
   -  169th Engineer Combat Battalion
   -  182nd Engineer Combat Battalion
   -  185th Engineer Combat Battalion
   -  405th Engineer Water Supply Battalion
   -  1554th Engineer Heavy Pontoon Battalion
   -  66th Engineer Topographic Company, Corps
      -  210th Italian Engineer Topographic Platoon [att]
   -  217th Engineer Dump Truck Company
   -  423rd Engineer Dump Truck Company
   -  425th Engineer Dump Truck Company
   -  383rd Engineer Depot Company
      -  301st Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
      -  302nd Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
      -  303rd Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
      -  302nd Italian Engineer Maintenance Company [att]
   -  400th Engineer Maintenance Company
      -  301st Italian Engineer Maintenance Company [att]
   -  597th Engineer Light Equipment Company
   -  597th Engineer Light Equipment Company
   -  2769th Engineer Depot Company
   -  2916th Engineer Camouflage Company [-3pltn]
      -  92nd Italian Camouflage (Masking) Platoon [att]
   -  420th Army Service Forces Band
   -  1206th Engineer Firefighting Platoon
   -  1710th Engineer Map Depot Detachment
   -  1712th Engineer Map Depot Detachment
   -  1980th Engineer Aviation Firefighting Platoon
   -  1981st Engineer Aviation Firefighting Platoon
   -  304th Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
   -  305th Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
   -  306th Italian Engineer Depot Company [att]
-  Medical Section, Fifth Army
   -  161st Medical Battalion
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  401st Medical Collecting Company
      -  402nd Medical Collecting Company
      -  403rd Medical Collecting Company
      -  601st Medical Clearing Company
      -  551st Motor Ambulance Company [att]
   -  162nd Medical Battalion
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  404th Medical Collecting Company
      -  405th Medical Collecting Company
      -  406th Medical Collecting Company
      -  602nd Medical Clearing Company
      -  550th Motor Ambulance Company [att]
      -  110th Italian Veterinary Evacuation Hospital [att]
      -  130th Italian Veterinary Evacuation Hospital [att]
      -  211th Italian Veterinary Evacuation Hospital [att]
      -  212th Italian Veterinary Evacuation Hospital [att]
      -  152nd Italian Medical Collecting Section [att]
      -  525th Italian Field Hospital [att]
      -  865th Italian Field Hospital [att]
   -  2nd Medical Laboratory
   -  3rd Convalescent Hospital
   -  8th Evacuation Hospital (750 Bed)
   -  16th Evacuation Hospital (750 Bed)
   -  38th Evacuation Hospital (750 Bed)
   -  56th Evacuation Hospital (750 Bed)
   -  12th Medical Depot Company
   -  15th Evacuation Hospital, Semimobile (400 Bed)
   -  94th Evacuation Hospital, Semimobile (400 Bed)
   -  170th Evacuation Hospital, Semimobile (400 Bed)
   -  171st Evacuation Hospital, Semimobile (400 Bed)
   -  15th Field Hospital
   -  28th Malaria Control Detachment
   -  67th Veterinary Food Inspection Detachment
   -  77th Medical Service Detachment (Veterinary Food Inspection)
   -  206th Malaria Survey Detachment
   -  549th Motor Ambulance Company
   -  688th Motor Ambulance Company
   -  307th Medical Prophylactic Platoon
   -  308th Medical Prophylactic Platoon
   -  36th Veterinary Company (Separate)
   -  2nd Auxiliary Surgical Group [att]
   -  302nd Italian Quartermaster Service Company [att]
   -  303rd Italian Quartermaster Service Company [att]
   -  317th Italian Quartermaster Service Company [att]
-  Military Police
   -  101st Military Police Battalion [-1co]
   -  138th Military Police Company
   -  379th Military Police Escort Guard Company
-  2660th Ordnance Group (Provisional)
   -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
   -  53rd Ordnance Group
      -  Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment
      -  42nd Ordnance Battalion

 



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 05:31 PM

Here's what I found on a Google search.

 

From the link below:

http://history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs/wwii/FUSARPTOct43Jul44/FUSARPTOct43Jul44.html#VENEREAL

 

C. PREVENTIVE MEASURES

 

 1. Prophylactic stations for army troops were established in the following towns: Isigny, Grandcamp, Trevieres, Cherbourg (3 stations), Balleroy (Operated by V Corps), La Mine (Operated by V Corps), Carteret, Barneville. Though all towns were off limits, stations were set up in towns whenever it was thought that the civilian venereal disease situation necessitated a station for the protection of static personnel and stragglers. Mechanical and chemical prophylactics were made available at each prophylactic station. All dispensaries had prophylactic stations.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:15 PM

That office of Medical History is always a superb referrence, But the phophylatic stations in mentioned Normandy were just that, stations, or more commonly Pro Stations as they were called, they were not organized company or platoon sized units. These two mentioned in the OP are, though still don't know exactly what they really did, I guess something like a well organized Pro Station, only more permanent. One has to ask too, just what troops made up the 307th and 308th " Rubber Platoon" :P Medical Orderlies, or QM guys, or a combination of both?

 

In any event a rather ignominious duty wouldn't one think, HMM I wonder which was worse in the Big One, shoveling S..t in Louisiana or or being in the rear with the gear handing out condoms.



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Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:44 PM

Prophylactic stations did not just hand out "rubbers".  They actually provided some treatment.  In many areas, it was mandatory to visit a prophy station within a short period after "exposure".  The treatment included injection of a medication into the urethra, and was apparently effective in preventing development of gonorrhea.  Offhand, I don't remember exactly what the chemicals used were.



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Posted 02 June 2013 - 03:31 AM

I picked up this photo not too long ago of a 1st Cavalry Divison soldier proudly posing next to the "Pro Station" sign:

 

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Posted 02 June 2013 - 12:23 PM

Prophylactic stations did not just hand out "rubbers".  They actually provided some treatment.  In many areas, it was mandatory to visit a prophy station within a short period after "exposure".  The treatment included injection of a medication into the urethra, and was apparently effective in preventing development of gonorrhea.  Offhand, I don't remember exactly what the chemicals used were.

Very well then, Medical Aidmen, still depends on one's prosepective, Medical Aidman in a Fighting Combat Unit, or, one in at a Pro Station?  though it could very well be that many of these guys assigned to Pro Stations were combat exhausted or recovered or convalescing wounded Medics, who caught a break.

 

Didn't they sometimes a rubber mallet to break the abscesses in the urethra? :o  or is that just a wives tail.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:19 PM

Seeing the 1st Cav station and the subject, I have to add another reason we used condoms.  In the field, we did not have ice available except in small towns.  That ice was often stored in rice straw so it was "dirty"  If you wished to enjoy a mixed drink in your forward base, you would insert ice chips into a condom and float it in your drink.  Cruse, rude and effective.  Donut Dollies always turned red when being offered a cocktail.



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:06 PM

I believe my father said they gave what he called "short arm inspections".



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Posted 08 June 2013 - 10:09 PM

Very well then, Medical Aidmen, still depends on one's prosepective, Medical Aidman in a Fighting Combat Unit, or, one in at a Pro Station?  though it could very well be that many of these guys assigned to Pro Stations were combat exhausted or recovered or convalescing wounded Medics, who caught a break.

 

Didn't they sometimes a rubber mallet to break the abscesses in the urethra? :o  or is that just a wives tail.

 

 

Very well then, Medical Aidmen, still depends on one's prosepective, Medical Aidman in a Fighting Combat Unit, or, one in at a Pro Station?  though it could very well be that many of these guys assigned to Pro Stations were combat exhausted or recovered or convalescing wounded Medics, who caught a break.

 

Didn't they sometimes a rubber mallet to break the abscesses in the urethra? :o  or is that just a wives tail.

Mallet is just an old wives tale.  

 

As to who was assigned there, I assume it was the same as most other assignments-- "Hey, you-- you've been transferred.  Your new unit is XXXX"



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Posted 09 June 2013 - 10:47 AM

I love seeing a post spiral downwards into the basement :lol:

 

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Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:31 AM

Attached is a scan of a snapshot in my photo collection of f prophylactic station in France, ca. 1919. No info on the back. 

 

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