While the Armed Services Blood Program has a long-standing history of its own (read about it here), the individual blood programs for each service also carry with them a rich history of important events, regulations and people that have shaped the way they collect, test, store and ship blood products around the world. The Army was the first service to establish a military blood bank, and although it had its fair share of struggles, it became the starting point from which a much larger program would develop. With roots that can be traced back to World War II, the Army Blood Program's history spans several decades of war and peace, and encompasses technological and procedural advancements that have shaped the way service members, retirees and their family members receive lifesaving blood.
Travel through more than seven decades of history by dragging the timeline to the left. Click on any event in the timeline to see more information.