|The Combat Medic Memorial outside the museum.|
The Army’s surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, and 200 others saluted 52 medics who have received the Medal of Honor.
They met at Fort Sam Houston’s Pergola, a permanent exhibit of ambulances and medevac helicopters, to break ground on a Medal of Honor Walk.
The $1.3 million walk will recount the heroics of Army Medical Department recipients. Monuments will line a 2.5-acre acre known as the Regimental Green, with a 250-seat amphitheater on the north end. Construction starts this fall.
“The green will be a tranquil setting in which we reflect upon the service and sacrifice,” said retired Maj. Gen. Patrick Sculley, board chairman of the Army Medical Department Museum Foundation.
“The most important reason for this walk is remembering our history,” said Maj. Gen. David Rubenstein, the Army Medical Department Center and School’s commander. “We are their legacy. Their courage and their contributions to Army medicine and to the history … have resulted in today’s Army Medical Department.”
|Medal of Honor Walk|
Sixteen officers, 33 enlistees and two civilians from the medical department have been awarded the Medal of Honor. One of the civilians, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, served as a surgeon in the Civil War. The Defense Department said she was the first American woman to serve as a military doctor, be a POW and be given the Medal of Honor.
Read the rest of the article: Fort Sam salutes 52 heroic medics by Sig Christenson in the San Antonio Express-News
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