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August 31, 1946


JAMA. 1946;131(18):1503-1511. doi:10.1001/jama.1946.02870350035011

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ARMY AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS  Colonel Samuel J. KopetzkyThe War Department recently conferred the Legion of Merit on Col. Samuel J. Kopetzky, New York, who had served as medical officer at the New York City Selective Service since October 1940. Accompanying the award was a citation explaining that Colonel Kopetzky "performed meritorious service from October 1940 to September 1945 as medical officer, New York City Headquarters, Selective Service System. In complete charge of all medical matters pertaining to the operation of an important role in connection with physical examinations of approximately 1,000,000 New York City registrants called for induction by the armed forces, he supervised, coordinated and directed the activities of the medical personnel attached to the New York City Selective Service System, which at the peak numbered approximately 2,500 physicians and 500 dentists. He integrated and coordinated the facilities of fifty hospitals and health centers in connection

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