188th General HospitalUnit History

Partial group picture of the 188th General Hospital personnel, while stationed at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas, November 1943. The unit’s guidon is illustrated in the middle of the first row.

Introduction & Activation:

The 188th General Hospital was activated 25 June 1943 at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Little Rock, Arkansas (Infantry Replacement Training Center, acreage 42,124; troop capacity 2,596 Officers & 44,077 Enlisted Men –ed) with Colonel Martin R. Reiber, MC, O-9165, commanding (from Buffalo, New York). Activation was pursuant to authority contained in General Orders # 68, Headquarters, Eighth Service Command, Army Service Forces, Dallas, Texas, dated 8 May 1943. (in 1917, the United States acquired 6,000 acres for use as an encampment known as Camp Pike. In 1937, Camp Pike was later renamed Camp Joseph T. Robinson. During World War Two, Cp. Robinson expanded to 48,188 acres and was used for basic training and later to house German Prisoners of War. In early 1940, the US reclaimed the post and began construction on a temporary cantonment for the 35th Division, a Kansas-Missouri-Nebraska National Guard unit being called into Federal Service in December 1940. Elements of the 35th (Infantry) Division began arriving on 29 December 1940. With the start of WW2, the post took on a new role as an Infantry Replacement Training Center. Initially, there were three Centers, one for basic Branch Immaterial training, later converted to Infantry training and the other added for Medical training. In 1944, the last two were combined into the Infantry Replacement Training Center. In addition to its role in training soldiers, Cp. Robinson also housed a large German PW enclosure with a capacity for 4,000 prisoners. The post was Arkansas’s second largest city, with an average daily population of about 50,000. An estimated 750,000 soldiers had gone through Camp Robinson when training ended in 1946 and control of the camp reverted to the State of Arkansas –ed).

Training:

Personnel in front of one of their hutments in Cirencester, England.
Front row: Homer F. Gault; Walter A. Pierce: Hans S. Hanson; Carl T. Naylor.
Middle row: John R. Markiewicz; Robert Farmer; Charles G. Hammond; Edward F. Doyle.
Back row: John H. Moore; Thomas E. Kevelighan; Harold Antis; Dan Sparks; Leslie W. Husted; Kenneth R. Patterson; James O. Young.

Personnel build-up and training under MTP 8-10, Modified, were successfully completed in the Zone of Interior prior to the unit’s move overseas.
The Mobilization Training Program issued in 1943 to guide the advanced training of medical units, was the only program of that period to remain in effect under the pre-activation system. The final program was published on 1 July 1944 as a revised version of Mobilization Training Program No. 8-10, the guide originally issued in 1942 to govern the advanced training of numbered Hospitals and non-divisional medical (and other) units of the Army Service Forces. During the first 10 weeks of the program, Specialists and Technicians spent half of each day in on-the-job training at local hospitals and installations; with the remaining time divided between classes in military and technical subjects. After the technical phase was completed, the cycle concluded with 3 weeks of field exercises and problems. Officers and Nurses, including for the first time Dietitians and Physical Therapists, were provided with 4 weeks of classes in military, technical, and administrative subjects.
With the necessary training, supervision, and guidance, the organization grew from a small untrained group to a highly skilled unit comprising the trained personnel necessary for the efficient operation of a General Hospital anywhere and under all conditions. Efficiency and morale of the personnel were kept high by providing for necessary recreation and entertainment activities and by granting leaves, furloughs, and passes whenever feasible.

Preparation for Overseas Movement:

On 16 March 1944, the organization departed Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas, for Camp Kilmer, Stelton, New Jersey (Staging Area for New York Port of Embarkation, acreage 1,815; troop capacity 2,074 Officers & 35,386 EM – ed) where processing for overseas shipment was started and completed, eventually boarding on 30 March, and sailing for foreign service from New York POE on 31 March 1944 aboard RMS “Mauretania” (British ocean liner, launched 28 July 1938, converted to troopship in Australia, served in all major theaters –ed),  arriving at Liverpool, United Kingdom, on 8 April 1944.

United Kingdom:

Partial view of the 188th General Hospital’s installations. In the foreground, the mess hall and kitchen.

The troopship arrived at Liverpool, England, on 8 April 1944. After the necessary formalities and preparations, the unit debarked on 9 April 1944, subsequently entraining for Gloucester, England, where all personnel were regrouped and billeted in private homes awaiting completion of the new US Army Hospital Plant No. 4149, at site No. 1, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the Bolero-type Nissen hut hospital it was to operate while stationed in the British Isles. Headquarters was installed in a four-story building at the northwest corner of Southgate Street and Longsmith Street, Gloucester. Mess halls were established, one for the Officers at Wesley Hall, Sydney Street and Frampton Road, and two for the Enlisted Men; one located on Reservoir Road and the other on Sisson Road. The necessary rations were obtained from the 81st Quartermaster Battalion, Mobile.
A first advance party of 10 Officers and 100 EM had already proceeded to the site, traveling on 20 April 1944 to assist in preparing it for occupancy, followed by another group comprising 6 Officers and 64 Enlisted Men who left on 2 May 1944, and by a last party consisting of 11 Officers and 220 EM departing on 12 May 1944. The remainder of the organization left on 21 May 1944; and by 24-25 May 1944, the complete hospital staff was installed in preparation for the unit’s official opening. Above Movement Orders were contained in Letter, Movement Order 1431, File AG 370.5, dated 21 April 1944, confirming VOCG, Southern Base Section, ETOUSA.

While staging in Gloucester, the unit was frequently called upon to furnish Officers and Enlisted personnel to assist in the operation of the Marshalling Areas prior to and following D-Day as Dispensary Officers, Mess Officers, cooks, litter bearers, ambulance drivers and orderlies. Following the request, 1 Officer and 14 EM were transferred on DS with the 5th Armored Division at Truro, Cornwall, England, per VOCO, Southern Base Section, SOS, ETOUSA, on 21 April 1944. On 28 April 1944, 46 EM were transferred on DS with the 6th Tank Destroyer Group, per VOCO, SOS, SBS, ETOUSA. On 3 May 1944, 5 Medical Officers were transferred on DS with Headquarters XXIII District, per VOCG, SBS, ETOUSA. This was followed by another small group of 3 EM who were transferred on DS with the 133d Quartermaster Truck Company, XIX District, per VOCG, SBS, ETOUSA, on 30 May 1944, and by transfer on 1 June 1944 of 6 more EM on DS, destination secret, per VOCG, SBS, ETOUSA. Transfers continued throughout June 1944, with several groups of Enlisted personnel being sent on DS with various units, on 4 June, 17 June, and 30 June 1944 …

Unit Strength – 188th General Hospital (9 April 1944)
56 Medical Officers
1 Warrant Officer
83 Nurses
3 Hospital Dietitians
2 Physical Therapy Aides
500 Enlisted Men

Major Moses Cohen, O-477735, MC was CO of the Advance Detachment while the unit’s Commanding Officer remained in Gloucester, awaiting completion of the plant, and taking some time to visit higher Headquarters and other medical units nearby. He made frequent trips to the site of the new hospital directing all the activities for final preparation of the organization.
There were no important difficulties during the initial installation phase. The British Billeting Officer, Captain Whitehead, was most helpful in billeting the personnel of the unit and familiarizing the MAC Officers with British Army procedures. The hospitality of the English people, in whose homes the Enlisted personnel were billeted, was truly sincere and deeply appreciated, as it almost felt like home. The most important task accomplished during the period was the orientation of the command to the European Theater of Operations.
When the entire organization was finally transferred to Cirencester, the Enlisted Men moved to Nissen huts at the north end of the site; the Officers also occupied Nissen huts at the south end, and the Nurses were quartered in brick huts on the west side of the Hospital site.

Normal plant capacity was 1082 beds; but there were also 29 tents for potential expansion purposes, with an additional capacity of 435 beds.

Effective 13 May 1944 and pursuant to Special Orders # 136, Paragraph 72, dated 15 May 1944, Headquarters, Southern Base Section, Services of Supply, ETOUSA, APO 519, the 188th Gen Hosp was attached to the 15th Hospital Center. On 30 May 1944, written instructions relating to official opening and closing of Hospitals were received with Letter AG 323.3, OpMC, Headquarters ETOUSA, whereby the 188th General Hospital (capacity 1082 beds) was ordered to become operational at 0001 hours on 26 May 1944 at Cirencester No. 1, Gloucester, England, APO 645.     

Partial map showing the location of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.

Operations:
The first patients, all D-Day casualties, were admitted at 0200 hours, on 14 June 1944 and from that date until final disposition of its last patient on 16 July 1945, the 188th General Hospital cared for a total of 11,239 patients. The unit’s FIRST patient was Corporal Havard R. Ward, ASN 34117701, diagnosed with pneumonia, left lower lobe. It should be underlined that numerous difficulties were encountered from the time of activation. Indeed, the absence of some Officers and a large number of Enlisted Men on Detached Service with other units during the period of preparing the hospital for its mission and the subsequent reception of patients was a tremendous handicap. Furthermore, inadequate warehouse space necessitated storing considerable quantities of supplies under tentage. It was quite a surprise when German PWs were received unexpectedly as patients, and problems of guarding, clothing, and evacuating them to proper PW Enclosures upon discharge arose and had to be met.
The patients received were mainly Allied wounded. They however also included 89 German Prisoners of War, captured in Normandy, who were treated the same way as the Allied patients (this was the first Hospital Train dispatched to the 188th –ed). The unit would subsequently treat all German PWs sent to the 15th Hospital Center until specific installations were designated as Prisoner of War Hospitals. A total of 500 German prisoner patients were received and treated between 14 June and 28 August 1944, on which date the last was discharged. Although many problems of security and supply arose they were successfully settled by the organization. Following this first phase, the 188th General was employed as a Holding Hospital for patients at the 15th Hospital Center awaiting evacuation to the Zone of Interior. Three hundred (300) beds were allocated for this specific purpose while the normal flow of cases was handled concurrently. Many personnel changes took place during August, including transfers and replacements of Officers inevitably resulting in gains and losses. Whenever possible, outside and recreational activities were conducted including sightseeing tours, liberty runs, softball games, dances, and lectures.

More assignments on DS followed in the month of August and September of 1944, with Enlisted personnel being sent to assist or supplement units such as the 289th Military Police Company, Depot O-670, 81st Tank Battalion, 455th Motor Ambulance Company, and the 1377th Engineer Regiment.

Official Strength – 188th General Hospital
30 June 1944 – 55 Off, 1 WO, 83 ANC, 3 HD, 2 PT, 493 EM
30 September 1944 – 54 Off, 1 WO, 84 ANC, 3 HD, 2 PT, 503 EM
31 December 1944 – 54 Off, 1 WO, 79 ANC, 3 HD, 2 PT, 483 EM

On 21 September 1944 the town of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, adopted the 188th US Army General Hospital at a formal ceremony in the Municipal Chambers. An official Parchment commemorating the occasion was presented to Colonel Ira A. Abrahamson, MC, O-140773 by the Honorable Wilson G. Tovey, Chairman of the Council.

On 19 October, the organization was visited by an Inspection Team from Headquarters, Southern District, United Kingdom Base, ETOUSA, and received a rating of “Excellent”.
Another aspect of operations concerned the care and return to duty (or some type of duty, depending of the circumstances –ed) of the numerous “trenchfoot” cases that developed in the fall and winter campaign in the European Theater, on the continent. Excellent results were obtained through the diligent efforts of Lt. Colonel Samuel Milliman, MC, O-484779, Chief of Medical Service, and Captain Sydney Schiffer, MC, O-500745, Rehabilitation Officer.

Assignments – 188th General Hospital
15th Hospital Center, SBS, SOS, ETOUSA – 13 May 1944
United Kingdom Base, ComZ, ETOUSA – 12 October 1944
IV Hospital Group (Provisional) – 13 October 1944
re-assigned to 15th Hospital Center

During the Christmas period, the organization’s CO invited 300 children from the town’s schools to a Christmas party. Gift packages of various items, donated by members of the command, were distributed and in return the patients and the personnel certainly enjoyed their cheerful presence. This kind of social activity improved morale of the unit as a whole. Between October and December 1944, 30 Enlisted Men were assigned to Infantry Reinforcement Training Centers or to the units with which they were still attached on DS. As compensation, 10 EM of limited service status were assigned to the 188th.

On 15 December 1944, per VOCO, 15th Hospital Center, patient capacity was further expanded by 406 beds, raising the total capacity to 1,923 beds.

Colonel Clough F. Gee, Commandant, Southern District, United Kingdom Base, European Theater of Operations, visited and thoroughly inspected the Hospital on 17 January 1945.
On 3 February 1945, the 188th Gen Hosp was re-organized under Column 4, T/O & E 8-550, dated 3 July 1944 effective 11 February (subject T/O & E for a 1,000-bed hospital, provided for an aggregate strength of 55 Officers – 1 Warrant Officer – 83 Nurses and 450 EM, including 20 vehicles and 8 trailers –ed).
On 8 February 1945, Major Howard Snyder, accompanied by Colonel Crosby, and Lt. Colonel Turner, surveyed the utilization of manpower in the unit and expressed complete satisfaction.
On 12 February 1945, the peak patient census of 1,710 cases was being treated in a plant whose capacity was 1,082 beds, plus 435 beds in a tented expansion. Additional beds (or cots) had been put in all wards thus increasing the capacity to 1,923 or 406 beds more than the normal capacity of 1,517.
Another inspecting tour took place on 20 February 1945, when Major General Paul R. Hawley, Chief Surgeon, ETOUSA, accompanied by Colonel Oramel H. Stanley, CO 15th Hospital Center, visited and inspected the installation.

The final phase of operations occurred on 16 March 1945, when the 188th General Hospital was designated as the “Neurosurgical” Center (comprising special treatment of Neurosurgery and Head injuries –ed) of the 15th Hospital Center, United Kingdom (previously handled by the 160th General Hospital –ed). Neurosurgical cases called for great efforts of all members of the hospital unit, necessitating exchange of specialized Surgeons, Nurses and Enlisted Men between the units, and transfer of patients to the 188th. Although the average patient load dropped to 1,200 the increase in bed-ridden patients caused a tremendous burden to the Nursing Service, Surgical Service, and all ward personnel. As a result of this situation the 1373d Labor Supervision Company consisting of 2 Officers and 6 EM with Captain Robert E. Whiting, FA, commanding, arrived on 16 April 1945 to administer the German Prisoners of War Labor Service Company which was to follow. Following the above, Detachment A, 8303d Labor Service Company (German) comprising 125 PW personnel and Detachment B, 8303d Labor Service Company (German) consisting of another 125 prisoners formerly assigned to the 192d General Hospital, were met and escorted into the enclosure on 7 May 1945. The German PW detachments were attached to the unit and proved of great assistance in the daily operation of the Hospital, remaining with it until relieved on 23 July 1945.

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu offered by the 188th General Hospital to its staff and personnel, and celebrated 23 November 1944, while in Cirecenster, England.

A special Memorial Service was held on 19 April 1945 to honor President F. D. Roosevelt (who died 13 Apr 45 –ed) in the Parish Church of Cirencester which was attended by the town’s Urban Council and the citizens of Cirencester as well as contingents of Officers and EM of the 188th, the 192d General Hospital, the 111th General Hospital, and the 15th Hospital Center. During the same period (Apr 45) the members of the command amassed the sum necessary to sponsor a British War Orphan under the plan conducted by the “Stars and Stripes” and the “American Red Cross” (on 29 April, a reception and party was held for a certain Anne E…., Case No. 1214 – a charming 8-year old brunette, dark-eyed girl, she enjoyed dinner with the Officers, supper with the Enlisted Men, and completely toured the hospital plant visiting patients and staff, bringing cheer to all).

Official Strength – 188th General Hospital
8 May 1945 – 54 Off, 1 WO, 79 ANC, 3 HD, 2 PT, 453 EM

During the first five months of 1945, there was a gain of 35 Enlisted Men and a loss of 63. The turnover and the decrease in Enlisted strength was caused both by additional assignment to Infantry Reinforcement Training Centers (there was a general requirement for more combat men –ed) and reorganization. Between 9 April and 8 May 1945, a total of 94 EM were thus transferred for reconversion Infantry Training. At the same time, the very first Officer promotions (since the date of the unit’s activation) were given to 44 members of the organization.

Modifications to the existing post infrastructure were started involving the erection of prefab hutments for use as a patients’ recreation hall, a central vegetable preparation room, a utilities storehouse, and conversion of the original recreation hall to a post theater.
During the period of D-Day (6 Jun 44) to V-E Day (8 May 45) the Hospital admitted 10,859 patients and discharged 9,971, with patients either going back to duty, transferred to other hospitals, evacuated to the ZI, or dying during or after surgery. There were 888 patients remaining on Victory-in-Europe Day.

The 188th General Hospital was officially closed for the reception of patients as of 2400 hours on 9 July 1945, per Letter, File AG 323.3, OpMC, Subject: Opening and Closing of Hospitals, Headquarters, United States Forces, European Theater, USFET (Rear), dated 17 July 1945. The last patient left on 17 July 1945 while the last German PW patient was discharged on 28 August 194.
Closing-out of the medical installations was carried out without difficulty. Assistance rendered by The Surgeon, United Kingdom Base, the Southern Engineer District, the British Barracks & Accommodation Stores Officer and the British DCRE (Deputy Commander, Royal Engineers –ed), facilitated the closing and disposition of records, the return of the equipment to Depot stocks, and the return of Site No. 1, Cirencester, to British control.

Some men of the 188th General Hospital’s administrative staff at work. From L to R: Robert E. Bell; George D. McArthur; and Rex L. Wall.

Following the introduction of the RR-1 program, the Hospital was alerted for Redeployment to the Pacific Theater through the Zone of Interior with a readiness date of 2 August 1945, per Letter, File AG 370.5, OpGC, Subject: Redeployment Alert Order No. 213, Headquarters, United Kingdom Base, dated 3 July 1945.
Personnel Readjustment and updating of individual ASR scores were accomplished and the unit staffed with ‘high-point’ Officers. Although entirely processed, packed and ready for port call, the unconditional surrender of Japan (announced 15 August 1945, formally signed aboard USS Missouri, Bay of Tokyo, Japan, 2 September 1945 –ed) caused a complete reversal in priority for returning to the United States with the unit being removed from its alert status!
High-point personnel were then transferred to newly alerted units and the unit restaffed. In the meantime, the 15th Hospital Center was closed and the 188th General assigned to the 12th Hospital Center for administration.

12th Hospital Center – Great Malvern , Western Base Section (Col. Asa M. Lehman)
15th Hospital Center – Cirencester, Western Base Section (Lt. Col. John A. Grove)

The United Kingdom Base was set up 10 September 1945 as a single ComZ Headquarters covering operations in all the British Isles. Consequently, the Western, Eastern, Central, and Southern Base Sections in Britain became subordinate districts of the new organization. Colonel Charles B. Spruit, MC, became the United Kingdom Base Commanding Officer as soon as it went into operation.

Reprint of the article published in the “Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard”, Cirencester, England, dated 28 September 1944. The official “Certificate of Adoption” was issued by the Cirencester Council 21 September 1944 (see also Leo O. Morabito’s Testimony).

France:

The 188th General Hospital was subsequently alerted for shipment to Garches, France, per Letter, Subject: Movement order No. 3044, Headquarters, United Kingdom Base, dated 17 September 1945, as amended by Letter, Subject: Movement Order No. 3079, Headquarters, United Kingdom Base, dated 27 September 1945.
The Hospital departed from Cirencester, England, at 0250 hours, 29 September 1945, entraining for Southampton, England, where it arrived and boarded the USS “Marine Wolf” with destination Le Havre, France. The personnel debarked at Le Havre harbor at 2000 hours, 29 September 1945.

The unit now consisting of a reduced outfit numbering 42 Officers, 86 Nurses, 2 Physical Therapists, 2 ARC workers, and 655 Enlisted Men were moved to Camp Phillip Morris (one of the many Cigarette camps –ed) for temporary quarters. The group entrained at Le Havre on 3 October 1945 traveling to Garches, France, arriving at the 240th General Hospital, Garches, on the outskirts of Paris, at 0700 hours the next day. Upon arrival on 4 October 1945, the personnel were immediately reassigned to various medical units of the Seine Section in the Paris area, restaffed with high-point personnel and alerted for return to the continental United States.

Partial view of the 188th General Hospital installations, Cirencester, England.

A new CO, in the person of Lt. Colonel James T. Hall, MC, O-357057, assumed command of the 188th General Hospital on 8 October 1945. On 15 October the organization was moved from the 240th Gen Hosp to Camp Charlotte (one of the City camps –ed), where the personnel Readjustment build-up for the move to the Zone of Interior was accomplished. All personnel returning to the United States with the outfit were assigned for the sole purpose of being returned to the ZI for separation and demobilization. The number of points for the Enlisted Men originally ranged from 67 and above, but was later amended to 70 points and above! All original members of the 188th General Hospital were transferred and subsequently replaced by people from all branches of service.
After having been reassembled and duly processed at Camp Charlotte, France, the organization finally moved back to Camp Phillip Morris, in order to be staged for Redeployment to the United States. This last movement was completed on 22 November 1945.
On Tuesday, 27 November 1945, the unit boarded the USS “Lejeune” AP-74 (ex-German cargo SS Windhuk, interned in Brazil 12 August 1942, purchased by the United States Government, converted and commissioned 12 May 1944, troop capacity 4,666, complement 626, skipper Captain F. W. McDonald –ed) at Le Havre, France, bound for the Zone of Interior, arriving on 6 December 1945 at New York Port of Embarkation. After debarkation, the personnel received their orders for transfer to the different Separation Centers for proper discharge.

Personnel Roster:

Officers’ Staff – 188th General Hospital (8 May 1945)

Abrahamson, Ira A., MC, O-140773 Colonel (Commanding Officer)
Acton, George B, CE, O-533960 First Lieutenant
Adler, Justin H., MC, O-493505 Captain
Barcham, Julius, MC, O-505980 Captain
Bartlett, Robert W., MC, O-337495 Lieutenant Colonel
Belopolsky, Herman B, QMC, O-1586430 First Lieutenant
Boissevain, Charles H., MC, O-530847 Major
Brotman, Jacob, MC, O-322219 Major
Brown, Carroll A, MC, O-356208 Major
Brown, Cecil D., MC, O-503592 Major
Brown, George D., MC, O-500140 Major
Brucker, John C., ChC, O-313887 Captain
Davenport, Merrill C., MC, O-21479 Lieutenant Colonel
Dein, Harry L., MC, O-477015 Captain
Dziubak, Julius J., DC, O-1755755 Captain
Eagon, Robert H., MAC, O-2046956 First Lieutenant
Eschelbacher, Leo J., MC, O-436478 Captain
Ficke, Lloyd W., MAC, O-1542524 First Lieutenant
Fischer, William C., MC, O-1689340 Captain
Gaier, Ralph W., SnC, O-533821 First Lieutenant
Gery, Richard E.,MC, O-488351 Captain
Hall, Fayette G., DC, O-270317 Lieutenant Colonel
Harris, Marvin S., MC, O-500711 Captain
Jones, William A., MC, O-299584 Captain
Juchem, Joseph A., Sr., MAC, O-2047018 First Lieutenant
Kinnamon, Howard F., Jr., MC, O-506957 Captain
Klein, Julius B., MC, O-528286 Captain
Kraemer, Manfred, MC, O-324650 Major
Larson, Donald F., MAC, O-2047037 First Lieutenant
Larson, Willard E., MAC, O-2047039 First Lieutenant
McAllister, Kenneth L., MAC, O-2047056 First Lieutenant
McNeely, Eugene M., USA, W-2129728 Warrant Officer Junior Grade
Millman, Samuel, MC, O-484779 Lieutenant Colonel
Minkin, Leopold, MAC, O-1546500 First  Lieutenant
Mira, Joseph J., MC, O-387157 Captain
Montalvo, Lauro, MC, O-495943 Captain
Moress, Edward J., MC, O-497220 Major
Mosley, Ronald A., ChC, O-535280 Captain
Perrone, Edmond R., DC, O-490104 Captain
Rinzler, Seymour H., MC, O-1690669 Captain
Ritter, Israel I., MC, O-480316 Major
Rounds, Roy C., MC, O-445028 Major
Rowe, Stuart N., MC, O-409894 Lieutenant Colonel
Shafer, Keith O., MAC, O-2047141 First Lieutenant
Shannon, Thomas R. Jr., MC, O-362376 Captain
Stebbins, Theodore L., MC, O-494947 Major
Strickler, William O., DC, O-470753 Captain
Stull, Joseph B., MC, O-439294 First Lieutenant
Svoboda, Reynold B., QMC, O-1579192 First Lieutenant
Templeton, Joseph E., DC, O-464566 Captain
Thompson, Roy H., MC, O-297221 Lieutenant Colonel
Vogel, William C., SnC, O-531708 First Lieutenant
Youngerman, William M., MC, O-489871 Major
Zingale, Joseph C., MAC, O-2049942 Second Lieutenant

1943 Johnson & Johnson poster illustrating the services and care offered by the US Army Medical Department.

Nurses & other Staff – 188th General Hospital (8 May 1945)

Adams, Dorothy A. C., HD, R-737 First Lieutenant
Allen, Dorothy R., ANC, N-776375 Second Lieutenant
Anselmi, Emma J., ANC, N-776376 Second Lieutenant
Auer, Helen, ANC, N-768053 Second Lieutenant
Bailey, Ruth D., ANC, N-756385 Second Lieutenant
Beltz, Golda A., ANC, N-776044 Second Lieutenant
Benoit, Audrey M., ANC, N-776452 Second Lieutenant
Benoit, Donna M., ANC, N-776453 Second Lieutenant (sister)
Benson, Justine L., ANC, N-776556 Second Lieutenant
Beyer, Louise A., ANC, N-776353 Second Lieutenant
Blechert, Lillian K., ANC, N-776377 Second Lieutenant
Bosse, Norma M., ANC, N-776461 Second Lieutenant
Burnison, Bernita P., ANC, N-776506 Second Lieutenant
Butler, Ruth E., ANC, N-725145 First Lieutenant
Caplinger, Dorothy E., ANC, N-776025 First Lieutenant
Cornett, Dollie M., ANC, N-775761 First Lieutenant
Davey, Emily M., ANC, N-776525 Second Lieutenant
Dear, Norma, PTA, M-952 Second Lieutenant
Dodge, Betty J., ANC, N-776367 Second Lieutenant
Donalds, Margaret M., ANC, N-776442 Second Lieutenant
Doolan, Elthea L., ANC, N-732975 First Lieutenant
Dwyer, Mildred A., ANC, N-776478 Second Lieutenant
Faust, Mae D., ANC, N-775438 First Lieutenant
Fleming, Mary M., ANC, N-751049 First Lieutenant
Foran, Mary G., ANC, N-752173 Second Lieutenant
Freeland, Ailsie J., ANC, N-776051 First Lieutenant
Garman, Betty N., ANC, N-776298 Second Lieutenant
Gersema, Vivian M., ANC, N-776370 Second Lieutenant
Gillis, Agnes C., ANC, N-776234 Second Lieutenant
Greiner, Marjorie I., ANC, N-776387 Second Lieutenant
Guthrie, Mona A., ANC, N-776402 Second Lieutenant
Hamalainen, Marietta, ANC, N-776316 Second Lieutenant
Harris, Vernealle, ANC, N-776236 Second Lieutenant
Haugum, Ella A., ANC, N-732394 Captain (Principal Chief Nurse)
Heezen, Hazel J., ANC, N-776372 Second Lieutenant
Heglund, Clarice J., ANC, N-776462 Second Lieutenant
Hill, Margaret L., ANC, N-776285 Second Lieutenant
Hohnecker, Jean C., ANC, N-776237 Second Lieutenant
Hosey, Geneva A., ANC, N-733696 First Lieutenant
Houghom, Janis R., ANC, N-732859 First Lieutenant
Hughes, Edna M., ANC, N-776510 Second Lieutenant
Jensen, Frances, ANC, N-775844 First Lieutenant
Johnson, Irene F., ANC, N-776226 Second Lieutenant
Juhl, Leila P., ANC, N-776449 Second Lieutenant
Kearney, Mary P., ANC, N-776065 Second Lieutenant
Kellett, Lillian M., ANC, N-776066 First Lieutenant
King, Helen, M., ANC, N-776389 Second Lieutenant
King, Leona I., ANC, N-776342 First Lieutenant
Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth, PTA, M-1002 First Lieutenant
Koch, Dorothy F., ANC, N-776286 Second Lieutenant
Kraenzel, Erna A., ANC, N-776139 First Lieutenant
Lett, Eleanor, ANC, N-775991 First Lieutenant
Lett, Eloise, ANC, N-776492 First Lieutenant
Marintzer, Aurelia M., ANC, N-776486 Second Lieutenant
Maynard, Phoebe S., ANC, N-776155 First Lieutenant
McAllister, Eleanor, ANC, N-761055 Second Lieutenant
McIntyre, Elizabeth J., HD, R-759 Second Lieutenant
Michael, Shirley J., ANC, N-776499 Second Lieutenant
Miller, Ruth C., ANC, N-776450 Second Lieutenant
Paris, Ava E., ANC, N-736832 Second Lieutenant
Pederson, Amy B., ANC, N-776295 Second Lieutenant
Peterson, Edna E., ANC, N-776109 Second Lieutenant
Powell, Dorothy, ANC, N-736487 Second Lieutenant
Radtka, Elizabeth E., ANC, N-733421 Second Lieutenant
Rodriguez, Eufemia, ANC, N-776413 Second Lieutenant
Rogel, Rosalie I., ANC, N-776311 Second Lieutenant
Sandberg, Elvy V., ANC, N-776388 Second Lieutenant
Shields, Dolores C., ANC, N-776494 Second Lieutenant
Siegel, Lois M., PTA, M-745 Second Lieutenant
Stanford, Shirley A., ANC, N-776371 Second Lieutenant
Steidel, Dorothy C. P., ANC, N-758456 Second Lieutenant
Stobaugh, G. Maxine, ANC, N-745071 Second Lieutenant
Suyama, Yaeko, ANC, N-775784 First Lieutenant
Swenson, Mildred E., ANC, N-776080 Second Lieutenant
Teaney, Kathryn M., ANC, N-733102 Second Lieutenant
Terry, Phyllis M., ANC, N-773294 First Lieutenant
Tomoor, Helen M., ANC, N-742869 First Lieutenant
Treadway, Hilda A., A NC, N-776057 First Lieutenant
Verbeke, Madeline L., ANC, N-776319 Second Lieutenant
Wagner, Hazel M., ANC, N-776217 Second Lieutenant
Wakefield, Elinor A., HD, R-845 Second Lieutenant
Watts, Gladys L., ANC, N-776099 Second Lieutenant
Wehde, Fern M., ANC, N-776306 Second Lieutenant
Willis, K. Mayo, ANC, N-776219 Second Lieutenant
Wolange, Nellie M., ANC, N-721273 Second Lieutenant

Two Enlisted Men in front of one the hutments used for quarters by the 188th General Hospital personnel in Cirencester, England. From L to R: Charles G. Hammond and Hans S. Hanson.

Enlisted Men Staff – 188th General Hospital (8 May 1945)

Addicott, Donald K., 35309267 Sergeant
Allen, Walter D., 20419999 Private First Class
Amend, Frederick A., 31159133 Technician Fourth Grade
Antis, Harold, 32857351. Technician Fourth Grade
Arch, John Jr., 39406143 Private First Class
Armstrong, John J., 32790288 Technician Third Grade
Aroian, Zaven A., 31264219 Technician Fifth Grade
Avery, John H., 31339410 Private First Class
Ayres, John C., 32916892 Private First Class
Babco, Micael J., 33759195 Technician Third Grade
Badun, William T., 36610361 Technician Fifth Grade
Bagnetto, James C., 38493970 Private
Bagozzi, Benjamin J., 36571027 Corporal
Barber, Silas, 39847843 Technician Fifth Grade
Barkley, William E., 37479879 Corporal
Barnes, George W., 37496646 Technician Fourth Grade
Barr, Robert R., 17019820 Technician Fourth Grade
Barthlome, Richard C., 38458664 Private
Barulich, Peter M., 32709135. Private
Basilio, Michael C.,  33778709 Technician Fifth Grade
Beck, Harvey D., 37618091 Technician Fifth Grade
Beckman, Walter F., 31269306 Private First Class
Behling, Donald D., 36802376 Technician Fourth Grade
Bell, Robert E., 36444613 Sergeant
Belletto, Vincent J., 39572010 Private First Class
Benko, Carl Jr., 35554696. Private First Class
Benner, Russell C., 42007011 Private First Class
Bensinger, Fred, 1035841 Private First Class
Benson, Allan O., 39911086 Technician Fourth Grade
Best, Jesse M., 18009716 Technician Fourth Grade
Bilyeu, William R., 36482627 Private First Class
Borleis, Melvin F., 33733708 Private First Class
Bowles, Thomas A., 34774115 Technician Third Grade
Bramer, William S., 15019466 Staff Sergeant
Brinegar, George K., 36073782 Master Sergeant
Broeckling, Walter A., 36426435 Technician Fourth Grade
Brooks, Sol, 32690064 Private First Class
Brown, Charles R., 16072551 Private
Buchanan, William A., 34820760 Technician Fifth Grade
Bucklew, Dallas L., 35177830 Private First Class
Bue, Norval K.,  39453972 Technician Fifth Grade
Burford, William M., 34093601 Technical Sergeant
Burkhart, Raymond M., 39698747 Private First Class
Burns, George M., 33428588 Sergeant

Picture of Harold Antis enjoying a book in the sun. Note the hutments used by the 188th General Hospital in Cirencester, England.

Burnett, George H., 34728552 Private First Class
Bush, Joe Jr., 38418247 Private First Class
Byrd, Loren E., 36380541 Technician Fifth Grade
Cameron, Don R., 34283903 Sergeant
Caporale, Jack F., 31339408 Corporal
Cappiello, Joseph J., 42065234 Private First Class
Carnes, Paul J., 33428847 Private First Class
Carstens, Charles C., 32467592 Technician Fifth Grade
Caruso, Louis J., 32916430 Private
Casci, Amerigo G., 39572464 Technician Fourth Grade
Castro, Frank O., 39294268 Technician Fifth Grade
Cericola, Nicholas R., 13099311 Technician Fourth Grade
Chapman, Roy, 35657728 Technician Fifth Grade
Chesser, Guy R., 32488481 Technician Fourth Grade
Clark, William F., 33777526 Private First Class
Clarke, Paul C., 36464980 Technician Fourth Grade
Coffey, Glenn I., 36064187 Staff Sergeant
Cole, James A., 34652679 Private First Class
Collins, Charles L., 32748715 Technician Fourth Grade
Collins, Lester. C., 34166262 Private First Class
Colquitt, Joseph K., 34820569 Technician Fourth Grade
Conley, Joseph H., 32916500 Technician Fifth Grade
Cook, Nathan, Jr., 34653531 Technician Fifth Grade
Cook, Wilson J., 32625673 Technician Fourth Grade
Coolidge, Daniel L., 19098438 Sergeant
Corbo, James L., 33572209 Private First Class
Cordock, Donald J., 32862789 Private
Costello, Daniel W., 39698487 Technician Fifth Grade
Cowan, Robert D. Jr., 20400121 Technical Sergeant
Crawford, Crosby O., 36307236 Technician Third Grade
Cromer, Bruce R., 38440112 Technician Fourth Grade
Crowder, Francis L., 34650494 Technician Fifth Grade
Dailey, Willie H., 34767410 Private First Class
Daitchman, Benny A., 36831750 Private
Dale, William Jr., 33437155 Private First Class
Dalton, Henry L., 35712181 Technician Third Grade
Daniel, Lewis R., 3997304 Technician Fifth Grade
Davidson, Willard N., 39854532 Private
Davis, Faris, 39295057 Technician Fifth Grade
Davis, James E., 14117345 Technician Fifth Grade
Davis, John R., 32857450 Private
Davis, Louie C., 34773081 Technician Fourth Grade
Dawley, William H., 35801978 Private First Class
Decker, Alex, 36817511 Private First Class
DeCosta, Norman L., 39295393 Private
DeDominico, Leo, 32699959 Technician Fourth Grade
Dees, Ottis R., 37611357 Private First Class
Deesing, Peter P., 33624154 Private
Delbridge, Vivian D., 36461339 Technician Fifth Grade
Delfin, Juan N., 39572281 Private First Class
DelleDonne, Peter P., 32752266 Private First Class
Dempsey, David D., 36104560 Master Sergeant
Denny, George C., 32642882 Private First Class
DePerna, Frank A., 32721389 Corporal
Dequine Delbert E., 39125262 Technician Fourth Grade
DeRoche, Joseph C., 31353704 Technician Fifth Grade
DiSabatino, Louis, 32757751 Private
Ditzler, William L., 39004915 Staff Sergeant
Dixon, Robert R., 33040401 Technical Sergeant
Domenico, Anthony, 31293347 Private
Doyle, Eward F., 33624213 Private First Class
Duffey, Edward F., 32301081 Private
Dugan, Edward J., 33777418 Technician Fifth Grade
Dwyer, Frank J., 19086208 Sergeant
Dykes, John H., 38127442 Technician Fourth Grade
Edson, Arnott J., 391180927 Technician Fifth Grade
Elam, Charles H., 35866703 Corporal
Elliott, Thomas J., 31353593 Corporal
Elmendorf, William M. Jr., 39295090 Technician Third Grade
Emmett, Joseph C., 31070318 Sergeant
Engel, Henry E., 35305297 Sergeant
England, Printess W., 15303329 Technician Fourth Grade
Epps, William O., 34653320 Technician Fifth Grade
Espelage, Raymond H., 35790964 Staff Sergeant
Esquivias, Ben, 38402637 Private
Evans, James C., 14046462 Private First Class
Evans, John C., 34805799 Corporal
Fairhurst, Albert E., 31353668 Private First Class
Farmer, Robert, 36852112 Technician Fourth Grade
Farr, Guy L., 33121865 Staff Sergeant
Ferry, Leo J., 33625849 Private
Finch, Gregory B. Jr., 34805855 Private First Class
Fitzgibbon, Robert T., 36802235 Technician Fifth Grade
Fivash, Lawrence W., 36485195 Technician Fifth Grade
Flint, Harold E., 37579093 Private First Class
Floistad, Vernon E., 36664133 Technician Fourth Grade
Fong, Back J., 32726013 Technician Fifth Grade
Foreman, Irving D., 36430980 Technician Fourth Grade
Fowler, George H., 34671858 Private First Class
Fox, Edward J., 39131990 Private
Frank, William A., 13129405 Technician Fifth Grade
Franklin, Robert E., 33725976 Technician Fifth Grade
Freemon, Ralph, 36697217 Private
Freidhof, John J., 32530183 Technician Fifth Grade
Frey, Anthony A., 32895478 Private First Class
Friestad, Robert J., 36663970 Technician Fifth Grade
Fugate, Verl E., 37405581 Sergeant
Gaebel, Charles A., 36727400 Private First Class
Gammell, Charles F., 35173844 Technician Fourth Grade
Gault, Homer F., 35154431 Private
Glenn, Francis M., 34653628 Technician Fifth Grade
Golden, James M., 31333330 Technician Third Grade
Golz, Arthur, 36025188 Private First Class
Gomez, Pete, 38459494 Private First Class
Gomillion, Joseph C., 34625315 Private First Class
Goodwin, Nathan E., 32363344 Private
Goren, Jack E., 35010497 Private First Class
Gorman, Dona E., 37346403 Technician Fourth Grade
Goss, Francis A., 33570027 Sergeant
Gray, Sterling G., 34925062 Private First Class
Green, Karlton P., 34820688 Private First Class
Gresso, Richard, 20540324 Technician Fifth Grade
Grieco, Daniel, 35309435 Technician Fifth Grade
Griffin, Edwin C., 33634927 Technician Fourth Grade
Griffin, John T., 38436524 Private First Class
Guidroz, Jean P., 18170770 Technician Third Grade
Hall, Ernest H., 34653810 Private
Hall, James A., 37523643 Technician Fifth Grade
Halsey, William D., 32706247 Staff Sergeant
Halvorson, James S., 17157561. Technician Fifth Grade
Hammond, Charles G., 36358757 Sergeant
Hammond, Samuel H., 34731825 Private
Hanson, Hans S., 36819654 Technician Fourth Grade
Hargett, James C., 34772367 Private First Class
Harrington, Dennis J., 39616710 Technician Fifth Grade
Harris, Billie B., 17106003 Staff Sergeant
Hayes, Harry, 36482707 Private
Hays, William J. Jr., 32106583 Sergeant
Heller, David J., 36701564 Technician Fourth Grade
Hernandez, Seferino N., 39132154 Private First Class
Herrera, Manuel A., 39572347 Private
Herrick, Cecil R., 39571971 Private First Class
Hertel, Charles W., 36659452 Technician Fourth Grade
Higgins, Willard D., 34714002 Technician Fifth Grade
Hinson, James M., 14148199 Technician Fifth Grade
Hogan, Eugene W., 32858727 Private First Class
Holland, Steve J., 38404024 Technician Fifth Grade
Holland, Woodrow W., 34026379. Private First Class
Holly, Floyd C. Jr., 38054969 Technical Sergeant
Holmstrom, Norman L., 32893778 Private First Class
Hooks, Edward T., 34773967 Technician Fifth Grade
Horn, Samuel S., 32876021 Private First Class
Hornby, William R., 33201556 Private
Houghtaling, Howard G., 31300633 Technician Fifth Grade
Hoyt,  Allen J., 37524526 Private
Hughes, John P., 13116557 Technician Fourth Grade
Humig, Michael A., 35133687 Corporal
Hunt, Vernon V., 38377714 Private
Hurd, Fletcher C., 32758262 Private First Class
Husted, Leslie W., 37512296 Technician Fifth Grade
Hymes, Marcus Z., 39097851 Private
Israel, Edwin, 12007243 Private First Class
Iverson, John L., 37561869 Private First Class
Iverson, William E., 37561867 Private First Class
Jackson, Andrew H., 31355713 Technician Fifth Grade
Jenkins, Thomas L., 33539268 Technician Third Grade
Johnson, Edwin F., 34630110 Private First Class
Johnson, Harvey G., 37316059 Technician Fourth Grade
Johnson, John W. Jr, 34785115 Private First Class
Jordan, Albert L., 37523533 Private
Jorgensen, Simon, 39378998 Staff Sergeant
Kalinski, Eugene M., 36670538 Private
Kalb, Kenneth E., 37516846 Technician Fourth Grade
Keeth, John D., 38469071 Private First Class
Kelley, Dennis H. Jr., 38474835 Technician Fifth Grade

188th General Hospital personnel ready to board a bus for a “Liberty run” to Gloucester, England.

Kelly, Raymond D., 36476911 Technician Third Grade
Kelso, Robert C., 35063395 Corporal
Kempf, Henry, 36339133 Private First Class
Kennedy, Joseph C., 36676077 Technician Fifth Grade
Kevelighan, Thomas E., 36570396 Technician Fifth Grade
Kingdon, John E., 39245460 Technician Fifth Grade
Kipp, Royal L., 36421518 Private First Class
Klaus, Frederick P., 32702602 Technician Third Grade
Kluska, Louis J., 32916642
Knoche, George R., 39123474
Technician Fifth Grade
Private First Class
Koch, Norman M. F., 35336450 Staff Sergeant
Kopach, Joseph D., 39572659 Technician Fifth Grade
Koukoulis, Athansios E., 32886117 Private
Krysiak, Roman F., 36664178 Private
Krull, Joseph H., 37377100 Sergeant
Kumlien, Gene, 36828282 Private First Class
Lafleur, Arthur R., 31264541 Private First Class
Land, Theodore D., 34266073 Sergeant
Laramie, James A., 36580914 Technician Third Grade
Larimer, Harry M. Jr., 17082859 Sergeant
Lawhon, Arlus B., 37066617 Private First Class
Lawson, Paul J., 32758150 Technician Fifth Grade
Layer, Robert W., 35652083 Private
Leahy, Thomas P., 39573410 Technician Fourth Grade
Lehman, William, 36759976 Private
Leppin, Arthur N., 36229904 Technician Third Grade
Levin, Marvin, 32163993 Technician Fourth Grade
Lewis, Myron K., 35113189 Private First Class
Lindley, Delbert E., 37523122 Private First Class
Lipisko, Stanley C., 32912238 Private
Littell, Richard V., 39281487 Private First Class
Loney, Winton J., 13099998 Private
Longo, Michael A., 37612988 Technician Fifth Grade
Lopez, Joe P., 39295221 Technician Fifth Grade
Lord, William, 33777462 Private
Lorefice, Gaetano T., 32980286 Private First Class
Lorence, Ray A., 37511608 Private First Class
Lott, Thomas J., 38465225 Technician Fourth Grade
Lowe, Donald K., 36580691 Technician Fifth Grade
Lucas, Edwin E., 141238864 Private First Class
Luedke, Frank J. Jr., 32722461 Technician Fourth Grade
Madziarczyk, John C., 36745453 Private First Class
Malloy, William T., 32914927 Technician Fifth Grade
Mann, Christian J., 13153214 Sergeant
Manuszak, Michael A., 36379185 Technician Fourth Grade
March, Bertram B. Jr., 33797479 Technician Fourth Grade
Markiewicz, John R., 36662139 Private First Class
Marrs, Stanley A., 34783466 Technician Fifth Grade
Marsolek, Jerome R., 37288769 Staff Sergeant
Martich, Peter A., 35154352 Technician Fifth Grade
Martin, Nelson J., 13015815 Technician Fifth Grade
Masokas, Clarence M., 36664296 Private First Class
Mauricio, Joe, 34783901 Private First Class
May, Julius A., 34630399 Sergeant
Mazel, Milton H., 38155288 Sergeant
McArthur, George D. Sr., 37480082 Sergeant
McCalip, John  E., 34778238 Technician Fifth Grade
McCarroll, Samuel A., 34102195 Staff Sergeant
McCleery, Howard N., 37251268 Technician Fifth Grade
McCluskey, Ray C., 36819886 Technician Fourth Grade
McCollester, Ernest W., 31178888 Private
McCoy, Riley Q., 34820757 Private First Class
McGlynn, Joseph D., 36548109 Private First Class
McGuire, George T., 36647163 Technician Fifth Grade
McHugh, George J. Jr., 33337062 Corporal
McLeod, George R., 36562839 Technician Fifth Grade
Meany, John  J., 36696480 Private
Mentgen, Donald S., 37524410 Private First Class
Merce, Jack J., 35059037 Technician Fifth Grade
Metzger, David Jr., 36580655. Private First Class
Metzinger, Joseph, 39288831 Staff Sergeant
Meyer, Lloyd E., 18149359 Private First Class
Meyer, Louis E., 39202494 Technician Fourth Grade
Meyer, Norbert F., 39295132 Private
Mikkelsen, William C., 36665742 Technician Fifth Grade
Milewski, Raymond G., 36646761 Private First Class
Mitchell, Leon, 37395817 Private
Mitrione, Vito W., 32916558 Technician Fifth Grade
Monroe, Robert  E., 35555709 Technician Fifth Grade
Moore, Bryan H., 38022130 Technical Sergeant
Moore, Hilary D., 34463025 Private
Moore, Joseph H., 35646172 Private First Class
Moore, Leo H., 38077400 Corporal
Morabito, Leo O., 32918443 Private
Morey, Tom C., 37476910 Private First Class
Morgan, James E., 34804197 Technician Fifth Grade
Morrisett, Edward F., 42101978 Private First Class
Mortvedt, Donald G., 37669497 Private
Moskovitz, Israel, 308172 Technician Fifth Grade
Motsinger, Robert R., 34773878 Private First Class
Muir, Joseph, 32689446 Technician Fourth Grade
Mullenthaler, Robert W., 32791018 Technician Fifth Grade
Muntz, Norman J., 36484256 Technician Fifth Grade
Muro, Cleofas J., 39572190 Technician Fifth Grade
Myers, Lloyd J., 38418040 Technician Fourth Grade
Nagel, Fred A., 36771510 Private
Nash, Richard L., 15332292 Private
Naylor, Carl T., 35230108 Technician Fourth Grade
Nelson, Carl P., 35895679 Private First Class
Nevius, William F., 32758818 Private First Class
Noe, Eugene E., 34732409 Technician Fifth Grade
Noel, Arthur W., 35712294 Private
Noell, William C., 34822291 Private First Class
Novak, Frank S., 36664396 Private First Class
Nowack, Hermann R., 37702784 Private First Class
Nucara, Demetrio J., 33155521 Private First Class
O’Brian, John B., 12081689 Sergeant
Oliver, Curtiss L., 32736698 Private First Class
Oliver, James T., 34353805 Private First Class
O’Neill, Francis T., 36809142 Technician Fifth Grade
Onoffrey, Andy, 33690136 Private
Orzel, Harold, 37523119 Corporal
Page, Albert L., 35681900 Private First Class
Palomo, Domingo M., 38458346 Private First Class
Parker, William H., 34820726 Private
Parks, James W., 34820764 Private First Class
Pastewski, Louis, 36664322 Private First Class
Patnode, Charles J., 31346102 Private First Class
Patterson, Kenneth, R., 32029026 Technician Fifth Grade
Perez, Martin, 39692875 Private First Class
Perlin, Simon, 34773797 Corporal
Perron, Laurence J., 36110574. Technician Fourth Grade
Phillips, Harold, 34400688 Private First Class
Phillips, James C., 376611219 Private First Class
Phillips, William E., 35492552 Private
Philson, James H., 37035976 Staff Sergeant
Pierce, Walter A., 34589199 Private
Portugal, Vincent L., 39266249 Technician Fourth Grade
Pryor, Robert R., 34773826 Technician Fifth Grade
Rabineau, Henry B., 16025766 Private
Ramirez, Mike, 38372960 Technician Fifth Grade
Raynor, Willie V., 34253298 Private
Reid, Hugh M., 36032549 Private
Reiss, Sidney L., 34795343 Private
Renck, Basil A., 18001902 Sergeant
Revell, Johnny E., 34820945 Private First Class
Rice, Don, 38404155 Corporal
Rich, Louis A., 33031072 Staff Sergeant
Rieder, George M. Jr., 33462635 Technician Third Grade
Rifici, Carl, 35281213 Technician Fifth Grade
Riley, Russell E., 31322626 Corporal
Ritter, Joseph, 32727231 Technician Fifth Grade
Rivera, Carlos M., 32894936 Technician Fourth Grade
Rizzo, Salvatore A., 32362676 Technician Fifth Grade
Robbins, James, 32315123 Corporal
Robbins, Kermit B., 34773650 Private First Class
Roberts, Doris P., 38118415 Private First Class
Rogers, Charles M. Jr., 34783852 Technician Fourth Grade
Rogers, Ernest C., 34731123 Technician Fifth Grade
Rogovin, Milton, 32583314 Technical Sergeant
Ruddy, Rudolph J., 33084797 Technical Sergeant
Russell, Harold W., 39572342 Private First Class
Russell, Stanley I., 35146263 Technician Fifth Grade
Sailor, Kenneth C., 37140859 Technician Fourth Grade
Sample, Aubrey F., 34663312 Technician Fifth Grade
Sanders, Thomas A., 37402660 Technician Fifth Grade
Schmidt, Anthony F., 37176578 Corporal
Schnaars, Albert E., 32004193 Technician Third Grade
Schoenborn, Edward D., 37447592 Technician Fifth Grade
Schuetz, Curt B., 36729455 Private
Schwarz, Walter H., 32925335 Technician Fourth Grade
Seay, Oliver V., 18062388 Master Sergeant
Sebastian, William J., 36755707 Private First Class
Sedlacek, Emanuel J., 33555646 Technician Fourth Grade
Serrano, Edward G., 39295448 Private
Shaw, James L., 37475103 Technician Fourth Grade
Shawnee, William L., 18085821 Private First Class
Shearouse, Elwood G., 34820954 Private
Shellenberger, Edmond F., 33757914 Technician Fifth Grade
Shenk, Harlen J., 39327047 Private First Class
Shepherd, Homer M., 34714019 Private First Class
Shields, Ralph A., 35141125 Corporal
Siebke, Henry F., 36374134 Private First Class

Partial view of the 188th General Hospital facilities. The PX building stands in the foreground, with some ambulances and the motor pool in the rear.

Simon, Abraham, 32962820 Technician Fifth Grade
Skaggs, James E., 38451122 Private
Slawski, John R., 37612607 Private
Smith, James T. Jr., 38484613 Private
Smith, Morris R., 38094252 Private First Class
Smith, Robert M. Sr., 34713916 Private
Smith, Robert W., 34772166 Private First Class
Smith, Tom O., 34806175 Private First Class
Smith, William A., 32828308 Technician Fourth Grade
Smith, Willie D., 38404199 Private
Smith, William H., 36374692 Corporal
Smith, William H., 34806230 Private
Smith, William P., 34783909 Private
Snekszer, William S., 36654265 Private First Class
Snyder, Donald W., 35609864 Technician Fifth Grade
Sopher, Max G., 39605709 Technician Fifth Grade
Sorensen, Christian J., 39131572 Technician Fifth Grade
Southworth, Herbert H., 37548120 Technician Fourth Grade
Spainhower, Ralph T., 39912527 Private First Class
Sparks, Dan, 38513340 Private
Sparks, Kenneth B., 35773114 Private
Stanford, Loyd, 38432382 Private
Stein, Alvin A., 36239627 Technician Third Grade
Stewart, John L., 34671852 Private First Class
Stiger, Frederick J., 32925237 Private First Class
Strachan, Clyde R., 37669509 Private
Strunk, Clarence R., 33618463 Technician Fourth Grade
Sullivan, Frank L., 36064907 Corporal
Sundy, Clark F., 18214545 Technician Fifth Grade
Supak, Anton, 38461129 Technician Fifth Grade
Swan, James F., 36322998 Private First Class
Sweet, Neil, 31268063 Private
Swinford, Granvil, 35771039 Private
Tants, Henry, 32907487 Technician Fourth Grade
Teague, Floyd R., 34774106 Private First Class
Thompson, Hugh J., 35764993 Private First Class
Thornton, Thomas J., 31297779 Technician Fifth Grade
Throngard, Lyman E., 37551518 Private First Class
Tibbetts, Raymond G., 35701633 Technician Fourth Grade
Tielke, George H., 35304398 Sergeant
Tilley, William H., 34822322 Private First Class
Tolle, Thomas D., 35799199 Private First Class
Trumper, Earnest O., 37669545 Technician Fourth Grade
Ulery, Owen K., 39572836 Technician Third Grade
Valentine, Raymond L. Jr., 35748498 Sergeant
Varalla, Paul F., 15063826 Private First Class
Vargas, Hector, 38363991 Private
Viviano, Orris J., 38498150 Private
Walkowicz, Stanley H., 36663955 Private
Wall, Rex L., 20831115 First Sergeant
Waltman, Lloyd F., 34630551 Technician Fifth Grade
Ward, James A., 35867905 Private
Watson, William S., 35678297 Private
Wear, Sloan E. Jr., 34806185 Technician Fourth Grade
Webster, Albert A., 32200618 Private First Class
Wernick, Max, 31353766 Technical Sergeant
Whatley, George H., 38513434 Private First Class
White, Kenneth J., 12220095 Technician Fifth Grade
Williams, Elmer W., 39132111 Private
Williams, Kenneth A., 39572421 Private
Williams, William B., 38342516 Private First Class
Wilson, Charles T., 37523493 Private First Class
Witt, Paul E., 38478839 Private First Class
Wood, Elmer, 38477014 Private First Class
Wohl, Oscar, 32894510 Private
Wynkoop, William M., 32266497 Technician Third Grade
Young, James O., 32857368 Private
Zuniga, José, 32425618 Private First Class

Review of Final Operations:

  • Throughout its history training of the personnel of the 188th General Hospital was continuous and adequate for the successful accomplishment of its mission. In compliance with directives of the European Theater of Operations, US Army (ETOUSA) an excellent Information & Education program was in effect from December 1944 and a Unit School was started on 14 May 1945 which continued operating until 22 September 1945. Equipment training aids and special literature were easily obtained and the results of the program were highly satisfactory having been rated “superior” by the I & E Officer, United Kingdom Base.
  • Equipment, supplies, and transportation were always available in sufficient quantities to enable the unit to perform its mission. A continuous conservation and salvage program and strict compliance with Theater directives enabled the organization to effect many economies and return all surpluses to Depots stocks.
  • Housing, water supply, bathing facilities, and laundry were all adequate.
  • Food and messing was adequate, sometimes bordering to insufficiency due to strict Theater policy and directives related to conservation and percentage reductions required in the requisitioning of rations. The patients’ menus were always adequate and received the necessary priority.
  • Venereal Disease was kept at a minimum, almost reaching zero. This result was accomplished by monthly talks on morality, regular physical inspections, instruction and examination in prophylactic measures, and the operation of a Prophylactic Station in the unit’s Dispensary.
  • Recreation for the Enlisted Men was always a problem due to the small size of nearby Cirencester. Liberty runs, excellently organized Day Rooms, frequent parties and dances, and beer sale were all utilized as means for providing comfort and welfare of both patients and personnel. A serious problem was encountered when the Hospital closed for operations. Further expenditures were not permissible from the Hospital Fund for the welfare of the EM and applications for funds from the Central Welfare Fund, ETOUSA, were not favorably considered because the unit was in Category II and alerted for shipment. This precluded the furthering of recreation for the men on the post and they consequently visited the nearby towns and villages much more than previously. Fortunately, they behaved well and no serious incidents occurred in the vicinity, although the unit remained in England from 16 July to 29 September 1945 without the necessary funds required for the comfort and welfare of its Enlisted personnel.

2 May 1945, 188th General Hospital, Cirencester, England. Photo taken during the inspection by Lt. General Benjamin Lear (Deputy CG ETOUSA). From L to R: Maj. General Paul R. Hawley (Surgeon ETOUSA); Colonel Oramel H. Stanley (CO 15th Hosp Cen); Colonel Ira A. Abrahamson (CO 188th Gen Hosp); Dave Roberts (War Correspondent).

Commanding Staff – 188th General Hospital
Colonel Martin R. Reiber, MC, O-9165 – 25 June 1943 > 8 August 1944
Lt. Colonel Robert W. Bartlett, MC, O-337495 – 9 August 1944 > 31 August 1944
Colonel Ira A. Abrahamson, MC, O-140773 – 1 September 1944 > 27 June 1945
Colonel Charles L. Kirkpatrick, MC, O-18642 – 28 June 1945 > 4 August 1945
Colonel Laurie P. Lind, MC, O-215789 – 5 August 1945 >1 September 1945
Lt. Colonel Roy H. Thompson, MC, O-297221 – 2 September 1945 > 7 October 1945
Lt. Colonel James T. Hall, MC, O-357057 – 8 October 1945 > inactivation

Personal Awards – 188th General Hospital
Lt. Colonel Merrill C. Davenport, MC, O-21479 – Purple Heart (WIA 6 Aug 44)
Major Charles S. Urso, MC, O-1579246 – Bronze Star Medal
Captain James B. Baker, MAC, O-1543204 – Bronze Star Medal
(awarded between 8 October and 27 November 1945)

Reproduction of one of the pages containing a first list of Purple Heart Awards awarded patients being treated at the 188th General Hospital, Cirencester, England.

Photo of Tec 4 Carl T. Naylor, 188th General Hospital, Cirencester, England.


The MRC Administrators are truly indebted to our regular contributor F. Lynn McNulty, who generously provided them with copies of the official Historical Reports of the 188th General  Hospital which operated in the European Theater during World War 2. Without his kind help, it would not have been possible to write and edit a concise History of this medical unit. The majority of the pictures are courtesy of Veteran Leo O. Morabito (ASN:32918443) and Julian & Carol Copeland whose Father Carl T. Naylor (ASN:35230108) also served with the 188th General Hospital.

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