Dr. Erna Risch received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and after extensive teaching experience at Duquesne University, she joined the Historical Section of the Quartermaster General of the U.S. Army in 1943. She became Chief of that section in 1960. In the Army reorganization of 1962, she transferred to the newly created Army Materiel Com-mand as its Chief Historian. She served in that position until her retirement in 1966. Dr. Risch is the author of numerous special studies of Quartermaster Corps activities, of the volume Quartermaster Support of the Army: A History of the Corps, 1775-1939, and of The Quartermaster Corps: Organization, Supply, and Services, Volume 2, in the United States Army in World War II Series. She is also coauthor, with C. L. Kieffer, of a second volume on Quartermaster organization in that series.
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