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Transport Surgeon Armband, USN or USA?

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Aloha Everyone,


I've had this Transport Surgeon armband in my collection for decades and have never seen another like it. Due to the construction of the armband I've always identified this as "Navy" not Army, even though the Transport Surgeon position is typically an Army Doctor who's staffing requirements are supplemented by USN shipboard medical personnel. I have seen Transport Surgeon armbands which were late WWII issue (1945) for APA/AKA troop transports but these were with black lettering on a yellow armband, not green.


I've identified this as "Navy" due to


The Green Armband (USN Medical Department color)

The Block Lettering typical to all USN armbands

The Felt Material typical to all WWI/WWII USN armbands

The fancy Safety Pins, also typical to USN armbands


I know that the Army Transport Surgeon was an appointed medical officer who was responsible for the overall medical inspection of all Army troops embarked on WWI & WWII transport vessels.


So, do any of you have another example of this armband in any color?


Is this a WWI or WWII armband?

USN Transport Surgeon 004.jpg

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WWII Operation Torch 1st Infantry Division order from Terry Allen, 1942


By authority of
CG, 1st Inf Div.
Initials _______


APO # 1, United States Army



9 October 1942


APPENDIX # 2 ) : TO ADM O # 1 )








    1. The senior medical officer on each personnel ship will be designated as Troop Surgeon and will co-operate with the Transport Surgeon to the fullest extent.



    2. Sick call will be held daily, and, at all tines, a medical officer will be present in the dispensary or on immediate call for dispensary duty.



    3. The usual disposition of hospital cases is to the ship hospital. This is under control of the Navy and an informal transfer is required to transfer a patient. The emergency Medical Tag (I/D Form No. 52 ) will be used for this purpose and will be prepared in duplicate. Original will accompany patient and duplicate will be kept for dispensary file.



    4. Trained Army medical personnel to assist in the sick bay will be provided at the Transport Surgeon's request.



    5. Because of the necessity of close quarters aboard ship, constant close supervision is necessary, particularly in the following spheres:



      1. Mess: Aboard ship, the mess will be inspected at each meal time by a medical officer. This inspection will be complete and will cover:



        1. Shortage of food



        2. Preparation of meals.



        3. Serving



        4. Washing of mess gear.



        5. Disposal of garbage.



        6. Sufficient kitchen help (cooks & K.P.'s). Limited eating space frequently necessitates prolonged mess hours and laxity may result if kitchen help is overworked.



        7. Food handlers will be examined daily, and, in the event of a tropical voyage, will be changed twice daily. Salt tablets will be taken as indicated.



      2. Quarters:



        1. Cleanliness of quarters and latrines must be rigidly enforced. Daily inspection will be held and deficiency reports submitted to the Troop Commander.



        2. Bedding will be aired above decks twice weekly for a two hour period as the weather permits.



        3. Shower facilities vary, and water control may dictate rationing.



      3. Clothing: Humidity will be high aboard ship, and profuse perspiration frequently causes severe heat rash. All possible attempts will be made for the men to have dry, clean changes available.



      4. Supplies: Unit surgeons will check medical supplies and insure that sufficient quantity is available.




    1. Vaccines and serums will be available for completion of injections from the Division Medical Supply. Insofar as is possible, inoculations will be completed before debarkation.








    1. All personnel will have a special inspection twenty-four (24) hours prior to debarkation, special emphasis to be paid to skin diseases, parasitic diseases, contagious, and infectious diseases.



    2. All cases held for hospitalization will be disposed of through the Troop Surgeon and Transport Surgeon. All enlisted men's records and personal effects will accompany the men.



    3. Prior to debarkation, unit Surgeons will assure themselves by personal inspection that individual medical equipment and supplies are complete and are carried ashore by the individual. He will confer with the Ship TQM relative to priority of unloading organizational equipment and will know its whereabouts and probable disposition.


Maj Gen



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