Courtesy of The Reverend Frank B. Crumbaugh III
Commander Zimmerman was born in Vienna, Austria on 20 September 1894. He immigrated to the United States around 1900, and grew up in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Max Edward Zimmerman enlisted in the Navy in 1913. He became a Pharmacist's Mate. He went to sea in the battleship USS West Virginia, and was present at the punitive expedition at Vera Cruz, Mexico.
Zimmerman rose steadily through the ranks, and by 1920, he was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy's Medical Corps. In 1930, he assumed command of the Naval Hospital in American Samoa. During World War II, Commander Zimmerman had command of the US Navy Nurse's School at Great Lakes, Illinois. In addition to Samoa, Commander Zimmerman's duty stations included Pearl Harbor, Bethesda, and San Pedro, California.
Commander Zimmerman retired in 1954, having completed 41 years on continuous active duty. His decorations include the Navy Expeditionary Medal (Vera Cruz), the WWI Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal (WWII), the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal.
Commander Zimmerman lived 36 years in retirement. He died in January of 1990, and is interred in the columbarium at Arlington.
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