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Larry A. Rotenberg, MD
Dr. Rotenberg served as Major in the US Army from 19691971. During his service he was made Chief of Psychiatry at the
US Army Medical Center in Okinawa, Japan. About half of the
population treated at this center was from Vietnam, and the other
half came from the large military and DOD civilian presence in
Okinawa. For his service he was awarded the Meritorious Service
Medal, with the following narrative:

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"Major Larry A. Rotenberg, Medical Corps, United States
Army, distinguished himself by performance of exceptionally
meritorious service while serving as Chief, Inpatient Services,
Department of Psychiatry, United States Army Medical Center,
Ryukyu Islands, during the period May 1969 to October 1971.
Major Rotenberg's outstanding leadership, professional competence
and vast background contributed immeasurably to the successful
accomplishment of his unit's mission. Major Rotenberg served
successively as Chief of the Inpatient Service of the Department of
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Dr. Rotenberg, Scott Peck,
and the man in the center,
who was chief of psychiatry
US Army (name unknown).

Psychiatry and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry, manifesting
at all times the tradition of humane, original and effective work. He
reorganized the Department of Psychiatry, often creating programs
and new facilities where none existed before by imaginative
utilization of the resources at hand. Major Rotenberg demonstrated
a remarkable depth of knowledge and outstanding judgment in
dealing with situations that required rapid analysis and timely,
effective decisions. Above all, he inspired others with his tremendous
sense of compassion in dealing with patients. Major Rotenberg's
outstanding performance of duty and meritorious service are in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit upon himself, this command and the United States
Army."
Dr. Rotenberg, who had married while still a medical student,
was drafted just after finishing a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry.
He comments: "Although I was very unhappy to be drafted, our
time in the Army was some of the best times in our life. And, as

I was made Chief of the Department of Psychiatry in Okinawa, I
learned about administration and was then hired in 1971, upon
discharge from the Army, as Chief of Psychiatry at the Reading
Hospital - a position I held until 2006."

The Department of Psychiatry when Dr. Rotenberg first came to
Okinawa; the fellow at the center is Scott Peck, MD, who preceded
Dr. Rotenberg as Chief of Psychiatry at the US Army Medical Center,
Ryukyu Islands.

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