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93rd Evacuation Hospital
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World War II
Remembering WW2!
Some members of the 93rd Evacuation Hospital, taken during WW2!
Photograph Source: Courtesy of Fred Irvin - See Navigation Menu below for more!

Historical Facts

During World War II, a field hospital could perform approximately eighty operations a day, and over 85 percent of those soldiers operated on in field hospitals survived. When postoperative patients grew strong enough, they were transported by ambulance to evacuation hospitals. Evacuation hospitals had 53 nurses each and could accommodate up to 750 patients. Doctors operated on patients sent from field hospitals. Patients with postoperative stomach wounds were routinely kept in an evacuation hospital ten days before they were sent on, and those with chest wounds were usually kept at least five days before they were evacuated. Critically wounded patients needing specialized treatment were air evacuated to station and general hospitals. Stable patients requiring a long recuperation were sent on via hospital ship. Station and general hospitals advanced more slowly than field and evacuation hospitals and were usually housed in semipermanent locations.

Reflections

Patton's Sicilian campaign was marred by the infamous "slapping incidents." While visiting the 15th Evacuation Hospital on Aug. 3, 1943, the general confronted an American soldier, Private Charles H. Kuhl, resting on a box of supplies. Patton asked him what his problem was. "I guess I just can't take it," the soldier replied. Enraged, Patton slapped the enlisted man's face with his gloves, and angrily ordered him back into combat at once. Army medic's later found the soldier was suffering from dysentery and malaria. A week later, on August 10th, Patton confronted another American soldier, Private Paul G. Bennett, at the 93rd Evacuation Hospital and asked him the same question. "It's my nerves. I can't stand the shelling anymore," the soldier said. Once again, Patton lost his temper. He slapped the man several times, cursed at him, called him a coward and reached for his ivory-handled revolvers. Within a week a detailed report of the incident had worked its way from the hospital through channels to Eisenhower's headquarters in Algiers. Eisenhower, ordered Patton to apologize personally to the soldier, the hospital staff, the other patients, and every unit in his 7th Army command. Patton tried to explain his actions in a letter to Eisenhower so he could avoid public humiliation, but Ike made it clear who was in charge. Eventually, the incident was reported on the radio, by Drew Pearson, in the United States. Pearson's "scoop" caused a furor with his allegations that the Army, in general, and Eisenhower, in particular, had made an attempt to "cover-up" the whole story.
The public was outraged, and even some members of Congress called for Patton's dismissal.
Patton made his "apologies", as he had been ordered to do, and waited for his next assignment.

Read More About "The Slapping Incidents"


Vietnam
1965 - 1971


An Overview Of The Hospital Area, Long Binh, Vietnam !
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Photograph Source: 93rd Evacuation Hospital Yearbook, 1971



Operation Desert Shield / Storm


An Overview Of The Hospital Area, Rafha, Saudi Arabia !
Gulf War Hospital View
Photograph Source: Courtesy of Richard W. Cole, CPT, ANC, 93rd Evac, Gulf War


Can anyone provide us with some detailed information about this period?

A GULF WAR VET NEEDS HELP
November 11, 1999 - Regarding 93rd Evac Veteran Larry Litt:

From Mary Ann Litt: I need to talk to anyone who has known my husband during his Army Career, especially those
who served in the Gulf (93rd Evac). Larry is very ill and I need to get some information from any of you. If you didn't know him but know where we can contact any of the following please e-mail me. Seeking to locate:
Michael Cain, ANC; Jesse Larson, ANC; Russ Reynolds, ANC; Dr. R. Baska; Mr. Mike Redman (Red), PA


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The first unit reunion was held on April 7 - 10, 1994, in San Antonio, Texas!

Contact the Reunion Coordinator, COL (Ret) Steven M. Amster!

Much of the information used in creating this site was provided by COL Amster!
He needs your help, in order to put together the next reunion! If only a half dozen
folks "seriously" put forth some effort, this "next" reunion could become a "fact"!
Please contact him if you wish to help in the next reunion effort!!!!




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All photographs on this web site were taken from the 93rd Evacuation Hospital 1971 Yearbook,
or are from the personal photograph collection of yours truly, the Webmaster!
Any photographs or other materials from other sources will be identified with the appropriate source credit.

The "unofficial" 93rd Evac Hospital Shield, used at the top of these pages,
was scanned by the Webmaster, and enhanced by Leon Baldwin, a good friend!
Leon Baldwin also provided the background used on all of our pages!

The "hospital logo" used with the Navigation Menu, was created by Sandy Easton, our very good friend!

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