June 3

June 3, 1904 – April 1, 1950 – Charles Richard Drew

Charles R Drew portrait

Dr. Charles R. Drew

"After receiving first aid treatment in practice raid in Washington, DC, air-raid `victim' is removed to hospital by a M - NARA - 535826

“After receiving first aid treatment in practice raid in Washington, DC, air-raid `victim’ is removed to hospital by a Medical Corps of the Office of Civilian Defense.” The physician is Dr. Charles Drew. Circa 1941 – 1945

Dr. Charles Drew was born on June 3, 1904 in Washington, DC.  Drew was a famous physician, surgeon and medical researcher who excelled in the area of blood transfusions.   Dr. Drew is credited in improving methods of blood storage which aided in creating massive scale blood banks during World War II which led to saving the lives of thousands of American Soldiers.  Because of Dr. Drew, The American Red Cross Blood Bank was created.  Dr. Charles Drew died on April 1, 1950 at Alamance General Hospital in Burlington, North Carolina after being involved in an automobile accident while travelling through the area.