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Captain Charles A. McDermand, D. C.
McLean County, Illinois

[McLean County, Illinois, in the World War, 1917-1918; by Edward E. Pierson & Jacob Louis Hasbrouck c 1921]
(Transcribed by: Teri Moncelle Colglazier)

Of the Bloomington dentists who responded to the call of his country Dr. Charles A. McDermand who is still in the service had the distinction of giving almost three years of strenuous duty in the army.

He was tendered a commission of First Lieutenant in the Dental Corps July 26, 1917, accepted August 29 and by September 12 was on duty at Camp Pike, Ark. He was first assigned as Eegimental Dental Surgeon of the Medical Department of the 15th Infantry, 87th Division, but was later transferred to the 43d Infantry, Regular Army and finally entered various units of the 162d depot brigade.

He was promoted to captain February 16, 1918. On June 1, 1919, he was transferred to the Camp Examining Board for the demobilization and re-enlistment period and served in this capacity until September 1, 1919, no less than 100,000 men being examined by himself and assistants. He also conducted dental clinics in the camp hospital.

Capt. McDermand had the advantage of the regular army dentists by his years of experience in civil life and ability to take care of complicated technical work, restorations, plate work, etc., and much of the difficult dental service was passed to him.

Connected with the Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias since 1898, he stepped into the army life naturally and felt right at home and was appointed drill master for the dental corps of tine camp. Despite the great responsibilities and the exacting duties that were passed to him, he greatly enjoyed his life in Camp Pike but welcomed a return to civil life again, promised him in less than three years since his first response.

The patriotic duty was made at great personal and financial sacrifice, and Capt. McDermand deserves the fullest credit for his response to the call from Uncle Sam.


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