An Exhibit of the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford, VA
This rare surviving example of a medic's M-1 helmet features the iconic red cross, a vivid symbol of hope for the wounded soldier hoping for medical attention. The symbol was also intended to dissuade enemy fire; however not all enemy soldiers respected that protocol, especially in the Pacific Theater.
Sulfanilamide was an innovative disinfectant widely used in WWII and credited with saving many lives. Infection in previous wars typically killed more men than did bullets; improved knowledge of microbiology began to change this in WWII. These tablets were to be issued orally; the drug was also sprinkled in powder form over a wound.
Compare the previous survival kit to this two piece post-war example, designated "PSK-2." It was for use by airmen who bailed out or crash landed. It included chocolate rations, medical supplies, a hacksaw blade, and amphetamine sulfate--a common stimulant offered to servicemen during and for several years after WWII.
The Hugh Scrogham Medic's Collection was donated to the National D-Day Memorial in 2016. Mr. Scrogham is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, VA.