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Brian Aabel
seanka@sonic.net  


COL. BERNARD AABEL
APRIL 1955-JUNE 1959

 

Sat 12/24/2011 5:53 PM

Hope that this will get you there:

www.history.amedd.army.mil/booksdocs

In addition there is a short bio in Dremers and Urdang’s History of Pharmacy- page 440  (he was a pharmacist before he entered the Army). I was surprised to find so many things when I surfed the net- he passed away in 1968- I learned a few things about him that I did not know such as he was in the CIA for a period after leaving the Army- my older sister confirmed this.

Regards,

Brian Aabel

Google "Bernard Aabel" it will come up

 
 
 
 

Camp Forrest during World War II

 

COL. BERNARD AABEL
APRIL 1955-JUNE 1959

Col. Robert L. Black was succeeded by Col. Bernard Aabel. Aabel was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1907. He received a B.S. in pharmacy from the University of Minnesota in 1932 and entered the pharmaceutical business. He was commissioned in the Medical Administrative Corps in 1940 and entered active duty in 1941. He was a graduate of the Army War College.

Aabel landed on OMAHA Beach in 1944 as the S-2 of the 68th Medical Group and was wounded that October. His postwar assignments included Deputy Commander of the Medical Replacement Center at Camp Pickett, Virginia, and duty with the Surgeon General's Personnel Division, Washington, D.C. There, as a Pharmacy Corps major, he testified in support of formation of the Medical Service Corps. His performance was such that Senator Millard E. Tydings of Maryland recommended Aabel's appointment as chief of the new corps. In 1948 Aabel became the Assistant Military Attaché in Helsinki, Finland, following training duty with the Intelligence Division of the Army Staff. He was promoted to colonel in 1950 on the tenth anniversary of his entry on active duty and received Finland's Order of the White Rose for his attaché duty in 1951.

When selected Chief of the Medical Service Corps, Colonel Aabel was serving as Chief of the Surgeon General's Officer Procurement Branch. He continued to serve in that role, thereby starting a precedent of "dual-hatting" the Chief of the Medical Service Corps. After his term as Chief, Aabel became the Surgeon General's liaison officer to the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from the Army in 1962.

At the time of his death in 1968 Aabel was director of the American Medical Association's International Health Department at the AMA's headquarters in Chicago. In 1972 the Secretary of the Army named the administration building of the new Academy of Health Sciences (successor to the Medical Field Service School) Aabel Hall.

Source: Norman D. Moore, biography of Aabel, THU, OTSG, May 1968, DASG-MS; DA, HQ Fort Sam Houston, Texas, GO 136, 15 November 1972, Stimson Library, AHS; U.S. Congress, House, Committee on Armed Services, Hearings on H.R. 1982 "To Establish a Permanent Medical Service Corps in the Medical Department of the Regular Army," 80th Cong., 1st sess., beginning 20 February 1947, see 12 March 1947 (Aabel biography); "Froehlke to Speak-Army Secretary," Express and News, San Antonio, Texas, 9 December 1972.



Mail Sent: Fri 11/7/2008

Steve:

I am just beginning researching my family history (I am back in 17th century Norway at this point) and those types of things. My sister is 11 years older than I am so she might have pictures and other such items (along with memories). When my mother passed away my sister became family custodian of these types of things. If I find anything I will let you know.

Thanks again.

Brian Aabel


Mail Sent: Fri 11/7/2008

Brian,

Thanks for the compliment. It there is something of your father at Camp Forrest you would like for me to post please send it. Whether it is a story or two or photographs, or any combination. Again thanks.

Sincerely
Steve Speer


Mail Sent: Fri 11/7/2008

I found you web site to be timely as I was born at Camp Forrest in 1943 as my father was a career army officer.  For many years I wondered about the place where I was born and finally decided to find out more information about Camp Forrest. Your web site provided a lot of information to me and helped to answer many of the questions that I had.

As an aside, my father kept his checking account at a bank in Tullahoma until he passed away in 1968. Being an army brat we moved all over the world but the one constant was that checking account in Tullahoma!

Thanks again for the great information provided by your site.

Regards,

Brian Aabel