Historical Tampa Medical Hero Frank Adamo

There’s a lot of historical sites to be seen when walking downtown Tampa, Florida. One such site along a tree lined street is a historical marker dedicated to Lieutenant Colonel Frank S. Adamo, M.D. Dr. Adamo was a local from Tampa and an army surgeon during World War II.

Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D. – Bataan’s Medical Hero

Historical Marker dedicated to Lieutenant Colonel Frank S. Adamo, M.D.Historical Marker dedicated to Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D.

The historical marker reads: “Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D.: Bataan’s Medical Hero. This distinguished native Tampan served with courage, honor and personal sacrifice as an army surgeon during World War II. He was captured and made a prisoner of war when the Japanese overran the Philippines. Afflicted with Beri-Beri and other diseases he performed heroically serving his comrades as doctor, friend and lifesaver.

Dr. Adamo discovered a revolutionary method in the treatment of gangrene using hydrogen peroxide and saved thousands of gangrenous limbs. A grateful nation decorated him with the medal of the Legion of Merit. When he returned home he found that First Avenue, a major thoroughfare, had been named Frank S. Adamo Drive in his honor.”

Erected by the Tampa Historical Society and Grateful Citizens of Tampa

A Creative Commons high resolution JPEG of the Historical Marker dedicated to Lt. Col. Frank S. Adamo, M.D. (1.87 Mb) is available for download via Flickr (view all sizes here). The largest file measures 4525×3194 pixels and is suitable for printing.

County: Hillsborough (Riverfront District)
Location: 27.946619, -82.458328 (Tampa, Florida)

Date of Photo: 12/02/2012
Photographer: Michael Dorausch
License: Creative Commons (read terms here)

The Frank S. Adamo Historical Marker is 2 sided and identical text appears on both sides, you can view the side opposite of the image shown above in this photo.