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Dr. Samuel Bloom, ADBC Commander

ADBC Commander, 1958-59

Dr. Samuel Bloom, PictureSamuel Bloom was born in Portland Maine in December 27, 1908.  He lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until graduating from high school.  He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor Degree in Science (cum laude) and graduated from the N.Y.U. College of Medicine in 1935.  He interned at Chesepeake Ohio Hospital, Clifton Forge, VA.  He was Captain of the Medical Corps, USAR.  He began  active duty May 1, 1941 at Camp Lee, VA.  He was assigned to Ft. Stotsenburg, P.I., August and then Corregidor, Dec.10, 1941.  He was taken prisoner May 6, 1942.  After a brief stay at Bilibid prison, he went to Cabanatuan #1 for two years, and then spent a year at Santa Tomas, serving as an ENT specialist to 3800 allied internees, and as Chief of Public Health, he averted epidemics of dysentery and diphtheria.  The 1st Cavalry liberated him Feb. 3, 1945 and advance to Major.  He was then assigned to the Valley Forge General Hospital on ENT and plastic surgery service where he worked until he was relieved of active duty.

He retired as Major AUS, November 1946.  He married Zita Green in June 1945.  He had a son and a daughter.  He joined the staff of Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine.  He published 21 articles including a chapter in Surgery in WWII  on Amblyopia in American POWs and Cosmetic Rhinoplasty in Harper & Row's Otolaryngology.  He was a member of at least a dozen medical associations, as well as civic and veterans organizations.

His decorations and citations include the Bronze Star Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal with three Battle Stars, Meritorious Unit Award, Distinguished Unit Badge with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Philippine Defense Medal with Bronze Star, the Philippine Liberation Medal with Bronze Star, the American Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the World War II Victory Medal, The American Campaign Medal and POW Medal.

Dr. Bloom passed away June 26, 1999.

In the August 1958 Issue of the Quan, Dr. Bloom's message (Commander's Message on front page)  shows his concern for the medical issues that the POWs faced.