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Wilson, Almon C. (1924-2003)

Rear Admiral Oakley E.<br />
Osborn, USN(Ret.)

Wilson, Almon C. (1924-2003)
Rear Admiral, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Based on six interviews conducted by Paul Stillwell from May 1998 to June 1993. The volume contains 281 pages of interview transcript plus an index. The transcript is copyright 2002 by the U.S. Naval Institute; the interviewee has placed no restrictions on its use.

This is a rare volume in the Naval Institute collection in that it deals primarily with a staff corps officer. Even so, Wilson was commissioned as a line officer in 1944 and served the last year of the Pacific War on board the high-speed transport Liddle (APD-60). After a few months at the Naval Supply Depot, Scotia, New York, he returned to civilian life and earned his M.D. degree from Albany Medical College. He did an internship in at the Bremerton Naval Hospital and served as medical officer for Mine Squadron Three in the Far East. After another stint of civilians practice he returned to active duty and served in naval hospitals at Subic Bay in the Philippines, San Diego, and Chelsea, Massachusetts, near Boston. In 1965-66 he was commanding officer of the Third Medical Battalion, the facility in Danang that served Marines fighting in the Vietnam War, then was chief of surgery at the naval hospital in Yokosuka, Japan. After attending the Naval War College, he was medical officer on the staff of Commander in Chief Naval Forces Europe. During a subsequent tour in the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BuMed) planning division, Dr. Wilson had additional duty as personal physician to Admiral Thomas Moorer, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then commanded the naval hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois, before becoming assistant chief for material resources in BuMed, 229-244. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Wilson oversaw the fleet hospital program to develop transportable medical facilities. In 1982-84 he served as head of the BuMed resources division and deputy to the Surgeon General. This memoir provides candid assessments of several admirals who served in the billet of Navy Surgeon General over the years.


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