The Army Dentistry Monument

The Association of Army Dentistry (AAD) will dedicate the Army Dentistry Monument on Friday, March 24, 2023, in a ceremony to take place at the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Museum in San Antonio, Texas. According to Dr. Ron Lambert (COL, USA, DC, Ret, Immediate Past-President of the AAD, “the Monument is a lasting tribute to the Soldiers, civilians and spouses who have served and continue to serve in the Army Dental Care System in support of the U.S. Army and the military mission. The Monument recognizes and honors the selfless contributions made by the diverse members of the Army Dental Care System and its key supporting components in the overall mission of Army Medicine.” The idea of the Army Dentistry Monument was originally conceived in 2017, and since then, the long and arduous process of design, construction, fund raising, and installation will culminate with the formal dedication in March 2023.

The monument is composed of three bronze figures partially surrounded by nine granite monoliths. The bronze sculpture depicts a dental officer, dental assistant, and patient in a field setting—highlighting the primary mission of Army Dentistry, caring for Soldiers in any location, at any time. The bronze sculptures were created by Stan Watts and Tami Brooks at Atlas Bronze, Kearns, Utah. The individual granite monoliths introduce the monument and recognize various components and aspects of Army Dentistry: Leadership, History, Enlisted Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers, Civilian Personnel, Dental Laboratory services, Education and Training, Spouses and Volunteers, and Dental Research. The name plates and the likenesses of the three bronze figures honor the diversity of key personnel who are represented in Army Dentistry, including the father of Army Dentistry, Dr John Marshall, the only Army Dentistry Medal of Honor recipient, Captain Ben Solomon, and African American and female pioneers, Drs. William Birch, and Leonie von Meusebach-Zasch, respectively. The back wall will have several bronze plaques acknowledging the people and organizations that have generously donated their time, talents, and treasure to this project.

Founded in March 1911, the Army Dental Corps has a long and distinguished history of providing global dental services to Soldiers, ensuring the readiness of the Nation’s fighting forces. Even before 1911, the Army contracted dental surgeons to provide dental care to Soldiers deployed to the new territories of a growing nation. Since then, Army Dentistry has supported the Nation’s operational missions to include World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, Desert Shield/Storm, Operation During Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as innumerable humanitarian missions. This tradition of providing oral health services to Soldiers wherever they are assigned continues to this day.

The Association of Army Dentistry is proud to keep the legacy of the Army Dental Corps alive and preserve its rich history, inspiring those who choose to serve and support the nation’s military men and women. The Army Dentistry Monument Dedication commemorates this unique contribution to the U.S. Army and the Nation.

The AAD continues to welcome and accept donations to this worthy monument project. Please follow the links on this website under the Monument Header.

The central statues of a dental officer, dental specialist, and Soldier patient in a field setting.

The central statues of a dental officer, dental specialist, and Soldier patient in a field setting.

The central statues of a dental officer, dental specialist, and Soldier patient in a field setting.

The central sculptures with the supporting monoliths.

The central sculptures with the supporting monoliths

The team which helped sculptor Stan Watts and his assistant, Tami Brooks, install the sculptures.

The team which helped sculptor Stan Watts and his assistant, Tami Brooks, install the sculptures.

Positioning the sculptures prior to securing to the central base.

Positioning the sculptures prior to securing to the central base.

CPT Jim Cholewa, Executive Fellow, Dental Corps Chief’s Office, drilling the anchoring holes with a one-inch drill bit.

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