Monthly Archives: February 2017

Updates to WWII Medical Crew Photos

Two new officers identified in the photos further below:

Dr. Dwight A. Callagan (1917-1992)  … “who was probable a LTJG at the time. He said he was a beachhead doctor on several landings and got the Bronze Star for action on Saipan (He is also mentioned in the History of the Calvert on your website on page 12 of Citations when he received the Bronze Star) and other landings (additional information on page 12, Citations).  I saw a film clip on your site a few years ago with him named as Dr. Callahan shot by a think a Chaplin on the ship.

He retired as a Capt. from the medical corp in 1971 after a remarkable career as a surgeon, researcher and hospital administrator’  He is still in Who is Who in medicine all these years later for his research and invention of the ultrasonic dopler. He retired in 1971 but a google search for him still brings up medical research articles written by him in AMA Journals in the 1960s.”  – Wayne Callagan

Dr. John R. Palmer Jr. “…He served for 19 months as a medical officer aboard the Calvert. He was a 1942 graduate of the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, where he returned after discharge from the Navy in 1946. He was in private practice in Augusta from 1947 until he returned to active duty in the Navy in 1952. He remained on active duty until 1967, serving at Navy hospitals in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, California and Alaska. He passed away April 17, 1985, at age 69 at his home in Waynesboro, Georgia.” – Ben Palmer