The Society for the History of Navy Medicine counts among its members many active and productive scholars. A recent example of this scholarly work is Dr Lisa Budreau‘s Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933.
In her book, Lisa tells the story of our nation’s first ever serious attempt to account for, bury and memorialize all our war dead from World War I. In so doing, she tells us that both government and military created an environment in which the heroism of these native sons was used to promote patriotic fervor and support for a war not supported by many citizens.
As one reviewer puts it, Lisa has “put Gold Star Mothers back where they belong–at the center of war and its aftermath”. The book “emphasizes the inherent tensions in the politics of memorialization and explores how those interests often conflicted with the needs of veterans and relatives.”