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Med Chest ID help please

Sat Dec 22, 2007 00:20

I picked up this Medical Chest yesterday. It looks like nothing displayed in Med3. Can anyone ID this. Outside reenforcing wood is beautiful Oak. Sides look like same material as shelves...a plywood.

I have taken pictures of the writing and the manufacturers stamp with Date.

Any ideas?

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Sun Dec 23, 2007 11:53

Bill,

Many thanks for sharing this interesting item with us. I have never seen anything like this before, and don't really know what its use would be. I think that perhaps the cabinet served as a field dispensing unit, maybe for a hospital (?)

It's certainly an interesting item, but unfortunately I'm afraid I can't really 100% identify the chest or indeed its purpose / use. I am sure that should any of our other members be able to help, however, they will :)

Thanks again for posting, and Happy Holidays!
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Mon Dec 24, 2007 02:47

The green bands are similar to markings on Navy chests & kits. Just a thought (but a very cool chest!)
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Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:23

Hi Guys,
Dave you just beat me ! I was going to say the same with regard to the US Navy . I was also thinking about a possible link with the Geneva Convention, or the International Red Cross . As everyone knows Hospital Ships had special markings such as Red Crosses + broad Green stripes on their hull . Furthermore the Prisoner of War First Aid Safety Kit also bears a Red Cross and Green markings ... is this just a mere coincidence, or does it point in the right direction ?
Is there anybody else out there with more info ?
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 04:22

Take a look in the "PHOTOS" section under "INSTALLATIONS" - I think it's the 2nd to the last photo. Markings look similar!
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Sun Dec 30, 2007 04:37

Nice catch on that David.

It does look very much like it.

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Sun Dec 30, 2007 05:20

That's a cool chest - I think it looks very "right" for a Field Hospital or higher level set-up, but I'd probably use it with any display I did. Great find!
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That is a shore party medical chest. This chest was akin the Armys "MD" series medical chests. The contents of these chests were switched out to either support a "shore party" (Think Marines, CB's and Naval Shore Aviation Units) or the contents though similar were replaced and these chests served aboard ship and boats where there were not Medical Officers assigned (PT's, Subs,Destroyer Escorts), only Pharmacists Mates. The green stripes made this kit more easy to locate in General Quarters (where lights go to "RED") lighting conditions. These boxes were also stored in various parts of the ship in damage control lockers so they could be deployed to set up additional treatment points in combat conditions. These were often left painted gray when they went ashore or at times painted "OD". I have a similar one in my collection that served on Iwo Jima and later in a post nuclear Nagasaki. It served with the 5th MED DIV (5th Marines) and is in the gray and green stripe scheme.
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Re: Med Chest ID help please

Wed Feb 13, 2013 19:27

If you look at the photogallery of this site under medical installations, you will see a picture with the desciption that starts with ZI maneuvers.
The litter rests on similar chests ! So it looks army afterall

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