Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Major James D. Fife
Major James D. Fife, of the regular Army Medical Corps, assumed command of Base Hospital 21 in May 1917, just prior to the unit’s sailing to England. Fife was one of the few Army officers added to the unit who had military experience and were familiar with Army procedures. On October 18, 1917, Fife was ordered to the office of the Chief Surgeon of the American Expeditionary Forces, and was succeeded in command by Major Fred T. Murphy.