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Last Service Branch
Medical Corps
Last Primary NEC
210X-Medical Corp Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1965-1968, 210X, Navy Astronautics Group (NAVASTROGRU)
Service Years
1940 - 1968
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Steven Loomis (SaigonShipyard), IC3 to remember POLLARD, Joseph (M.D.), CAPT.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Essex County, VA
Last Address
Burial: Smyrna Christian Church Cemetery
Bruington, King and Queen County, VA

Date of Passing
Oct 15, 2006
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Official Badges 

Office of the Secretary of Defense US Navy Retired 20

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Military Association Memberships
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)
  1945, Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)

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 Duty Stations
Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FLSchool Assignments - StaffCommander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)USS Hornet (CV-8)
USS Fulton (AS-11)US NavyUSS Yorktown (CV-5)Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Navy Astronautics Group (NAVASTROGRU)
  1940-1940, 210X, Direct Commission Officer (Faculty Staff) Pensacola FL
  1940-1941, 210X, Flight Surgeon Adademic
  1941-1941, 210X, Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA)/CNATRA Detachment Pensacola
  1941-1942, 210X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1942-1942, 210X, USS Fulton (AS-11)
  1942-1942, 210X, 14th Naval District/COMNAVBASE Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942, 210X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1946-1948, 210X, USS Coral Sea (CVB-43)
  1948-1951, 210X, Office of the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF)
  1952-1955, 210X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1956-1962, 210X, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED)/Naval Medical Research Institute (NMRI)
  1963-1966, 210X, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  1965-1968, 210X, Navy Astronautics Group (NAVASTROGRU)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Reflections on Service
From their entire military service, including combat operations, please recount any personal memories you may be aware of which had impacted him or her the most.
 Colleges Attended 
College of William and MaryUniversity of Virginia
  1931-1935, College of William and Mary
  1935-1939, University of Virginia
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 22, 1999, Recollections of the Battle of Midway by LT Joseph P. Pollard, MC, USN8
  Oct 15, 2006, Dr Joseph Page Pollard1
  Oct 15, 2006, JOSEPH PAGE POLLARD, M.D. (age 93)
  Jun 04, 2013, Battle of Midway - A Navy Doc's Journey of Survival4
  Jun 09, 2013, USS Monterey Commemorates Battle of Midway
  Mar 14, 2016, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Dr. Pollard was a Navy Flight Surgeon. He served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps for 27 years and retired in 1968 with the rank of Captain. 

In June, 1942, the Battle of Midway: He witnessed the Battle of Midway from his battle station on board the USS Yorktown (CV-5), and when the order to abandon ship was received, he remained aboard until all casualties were accounted for. He and the commanding officer were the last to leave the mortally stricken carrier.  He then established and implemented the plan for the air transportation of patients used by the Navy in World War II and was commended for this by the Secretary of the Navy.

Dr. Pollard obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA in 1935, and his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1939 from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, VA. Upon his retirement from the Navy, Dr. Pollard became Director of Biological & Medical Sciences Division of the Office of Naval Research. He was recipient of the Theodore C. Lyster Award of the Aerospace Medical Association for outstanding accomplishment in the field of aerospace medicine.

Other Comments:
Author of: "Recollections of the Battle of Midway" by LT Joseph P. Pollard, MC, USN, Medical Officer on board USS Yorktown (CV-5).

Dr. Pollard was a research physician with Project Strato-Lab which was a high-altitude manned balloon program sponsored by the United States Navy during the 1950s and early 1960s. The Strato-Lab program lifted the first Americans into the upper reaches of the stratosphere since World War II. Project Strato-Lab developed out of the Navy's unmanned balloon program, Project Skyhook. The program was established in 1954 and administrated by Commander Malcolm Ross (United States Navy). Malcolm Ross and others developed the program to accomplish research required for the manned rocket program to follow. This program provided biomedical data that was used for subsequent efforts in space. Malcolm Ross launched five numbered flights (Strato-Lab 1 through Strato-Lab 5) as well as other unnumbered flights.

During his naval career, Dr. Pollard made significant contributions to the following: the high-altitude balloon flight series known as STRATOLAB, which set a world altitude record of nearly 114,000 feet using life support systems and medical monitoring provided by the Navy; the selection of the three Navy and one Marine Corps Mercury astronauts of the original seven and their training in meeting the stresses of space flight; the space flight experiments, in cooperation with the Army, of squirrel monkeys Old Reliable, Able and Baker; the national effort in bioastronautics as it progressed in the 1960's by providing Navy scientists' technology and facilities to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and serving as the Navy's member on various committees of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He was for several years the Director, Astronautical Medicine Division for the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.

Dr. Joseph Pollard had numerous professional affiliations including:  
Diplomate and Oral Examiner, American Board of Preventive Medicine;  
Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine;  
Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association;  
Member, International Academy of Aviation and Space Medicine;  
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States;  
Charter member of the Undersea Medical Society;  
Served on the Aerospace Medicine Panel of the Advisory Group on Aerospace Research and Development (AGARD/NATO).
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