Jan Herman

Jan K. Herman

Historian of the Navy Medical Department

Jan Kenneth Herman received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1967. There, as a Ford Foundation Teaching Fellow, he earned his Master of Arts degree in history in 1973.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1972 before joining the Department of State as a public information officer-writer for the Bureau of Public Affairs.

Mr. Herman has been Historian of the Navy Medical Department, curator of the old U.S. Naval Observatory, and, until 2009, Editor-in-Chief of Navy Medicine, the bimonthly journal of the Navy Medical Department. In 2009 he became Special Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General. In 2010 he was appointed Director of the Benjamin Rush Education and Conference Center of the Navy Medicine Institute.

In 2002, he was appointed to the adjunct faculty of the International Lincoln Center for American Studies of Louisiana State University, Shreveport. In 2008 he was a consultant for the Lincoln Center Rodgers and Hammerstein revival of “South Pacific.” With the Navy Medical Support Command, Bethesda, MD, Mr. Herman produced a six-part video series, Navy Medicine at War, and has produced a documentary and is writing a companion volume about the rescue of the South Vietnamese navy during the closing days of the Vietnam War. The film is entitled “The Lucky Few: The Story of USS Kirk.” In August-September 2010, National Public Radio aired a three-part series about USS Kirk and her crew.

He has authored over 50 articles and several books, including A Hilltop in Foggy Bottom (1996), Battle Station Sick Bay: Navy Medicine in World War II (1997), Frozen in Memory: U.S. Navy Medicine in the Korean War (2006), Navy Medicine in Vietnam: From Dien Bien Phu to the Fall of Saigon, (2009), and Murray’s Ark and Other Stories (2010).


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