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Adapted from "Captain Roland H. Fogel, Medical Corps, United States Navy" [biography, dated 14 September 1961] in Modern Biographical Files collection, Navy Department Library.

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Roland Harwood Fogel

16 November 1901-15 February 1963

Roland Harwood Fogel was born in Monaca, Pennsylvania, on November 16, 1901, son of Charles Z. and Mary Reader Fogel. He was graduated from Washington-Jefferson College from 1920 to 1924, graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Science, and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1930. Prior to entering Medical School he taught in the Ellwood City (Pennsylvania) High School, from 1924 to 1926. After internship at the Graduate Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, from 1930 to 1932, he was licensed to practice medicine and surgery in that State, effective September 1932, and practiced in DuBois, Pennsylvania until December 1941.

Commissioned Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps of the US Naval Reserve on April 21, 1941, he reported for active duty on December 22, 1941, and by subsequent advancement and his transfer to the Medical Corps of the US Navy in 1946, he attained the rank of Captain, as Medical Director, USN, to date from April 1, 1948.

Reporting to the Naval Dispensary, Washington, DC on January 5, 1942, he was assigned the same month to the US Naval Medical Supply Depot, Brooklyn, New York, where he remained on duty with Mobile Base Hospital No. 3, for transfer to the West Coast prior to leaving the United States. Reaching the Destroyer Base, San Diego, California, in April 1942, he served in the Pacific Area until April 1943, when he returned to San Diego for hospitalization at the Naval Hospital there for three months. He was then assigned to the Medical Dispensary at the Navy Yard, Washington, DC, for brief duty before reporting to Camp Allen, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, and subsequent service at the US Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia.

Detached from the Portsmouth Naval Hospital on August 22, 1949, he was a student at the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia, until January 26, 1950, then had more than three years’ duty as Chief of Urological Service at the Naval Hospital, Bremerton, Washington. While there he was a member of the Board of Medical Examiners; Clinical Board; Board of Medical Survey; Medical Library Committee; Tumor Board and Summary Court Martial, as well as Venereal Disease Control Officer and Preventive Medicine Officer.

During the period May 26, 1953 until July 15, 1954, he was Senior Medical Officer at the US Naval Ammunition Depot, McAlester, Oklahoma, and while there sered additionally as Casualty Identification Officer, Medical Department Training Officer, Roaiological Health Officer, Biological Defense Officer and Industrial Health Officer. On August 29, 1955, he reported to the Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton, California, where he served as Executive Officer and Chief, Dependents’ Service, with additional duty as Member of the Board of Medical Examiners and Board of Medical and Clinical Survey.

Under orders of March 9, 1959, he was detached for duty as District Medical Officer, Fourteenth Naval District, Headquarters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Captain Fogel has the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal.

Dr. Fogel’s favorite mode of recreation is fishing. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Member of the American Urological Association. He had published several articles on Filariasis in 1944.


Published: Wed May 19 15:06:32 EDT 2021