Lieutenant Colonel | Medical Corps

Thrust unexpectedly across the world to Korea, Harvey Phelps, then a Captain, found the facilities and personnel dramatically under equipped and unprepared for the tasks they faced.  When he arrived in country, he carried more antibiotics than the Division surgeon and better supplies than the 24th Division as a whole.  He relied heavily on his experiences as a medical corpsman in the South Pacific during World War II to work the through the hardships facing the 6th Tank Battalion and later the 3d Battalion, 19th Infantry, but found that nothing could have truly prepared him for combat in Korea.