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Jewish veterans of honor: Top doctor modeled U.S. medical care for nations devastated by war
This is the third story in our series about the soldiers named on JNF's Wall of Honor, which pays tribute to Jewish military veterans worldwide. Today, on Veterans Day, we remember the late Dr. Edward Diamond, a leading American obstetrician and gynecologist with a strong connection to Israel.
Dr. Edward Diamond, who served as a captain in the the U.S. Army and was discharged as a major, entered the army after the Korean War, when compulsory military service was on its way out. Some of his major achievements included perfecting microsurgical techniques in reproductive medicine and developing patented surgical tools and techniques still in use today.
Diamond, who served in the army from 1955-1958, chose to enlist both out of a conviction for serving his country and a desire to improve medical services for the army, particularly ob-gyn care for enlisted women or wives of enlisted men. Having recently finished his ob-gyn residency, he viewed serving as both a challenge and an opportunity to enlarge the scope of his medical experience.
The New Jersey doctor served in Europe, and he traveled extensively. He spent a lot of time in France and Germany, where he made use of his foreign-language skills to communicate with local physicians and model American medical care for countries trying to rebuild their medical systems after a devastating war.
|Dr. Edward Diamond (center) appears with his U.S. Army pals. The plaque of honor at Ammunition Hill bearing his name|
is "extremely befitting given Ed's strong Jewish identity," says his son, Gary Diamond.
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