2, 713 items. 12 boxes, including four oversize items.
The 73rd Evacuation Hospital Unit was formed in 1940 in Los Angeles, California, and activated in 1942. In January 1943, the unit left the United States for the China-Burma-India theater, and in March arrived in Bombay after sailing via New Zealand and Australia. In the same month, it was transferred to Margherita to provide services to the engineering units building the Ledo Road as well as Chinese soldiers stationed around. In March 1944, the unit moved to Shingbwinyang in northern Burma and was stationed there until it was inactivated in July 1945. All medical officers were on the Attending Staff of the LAC/USC Medical Center and a majority of these were on the Staff of Good Samaritan Hospital.
Scope and Content
The material was donated by the former members of the 73rd Evacuation Hospital Unit when an exhibit was held in 1983 and 1984, and a permanent collection was created by the Los Angeles County Medical Association at its library. Correspondence took place mainly between the former members and Lewis Bullock and Elizabeth Crahan at the library. The conversations were centered around reunion dinners and the donation of the personal stuff from the wartime to the exhibit and permanent collection at the library. The letters are from the 1980s. Manuscripts seem to be compiled for the exhibit; they show the actions of the unit and the things they achieved as well as what individual members felt, saw, and experienced far away from home during World War II. Included are duplicates of photographs which seem to be the identical with ones in the Photograph section of this collection, copies of historical documents such as official military memorandums and a report of a military action from the wartime, and the former unit members' writings such as essays, diaries, and memoirs. The writings by the former unit members are: "Clinical Survey of Eighty-Six Cases of Scrub Typhus" by Clarence M. Agress and Edward R. Evans; "Contribution of Hospital in Time of War" by L.J. Tragerman; "Memoirs" by John Salyer; and "My Diary of Experiences in India" by Ethel H. Weber. Furthermore, there are some documents regarding reunion dinners held in 1978 and 1983. The collection includes a great number of photographs mainly from wartime India and Burma. They are organized by objects, time periods, and locations, such as "Doctors" "Nurses" "Before Leaving the US" "Animals" "Shingbwiyang" "Roads, Bridges, Railroads" "Wards, Labs, Pharmacy" "Rivers" "Ledo" "Tea Plantations" "Aircrafts" "Natives" "Scenery-Jungle-Buildings" etc. This organization is based on the categorization made by the library of the Los Angeles County Medical Association. It is also worth noting that each category is not mutually exclusive; in other words, it is often the case that some objects or themes appear in one photograph while it is placed into one category (i.e. a photograph from "Roads, Bridges, Railroads" can feature natives as well as roads). There are a large number of slides as well although the images of many of them seem to be identical to the photographs. In addition, this collection holds ephemera including materials from the exhibit such as panels, transparent sheets, etc. The doctors are: Clarence M. Agress, Frank Anderson, C. J. Berne, Joe Boyer, Thomas H. Brem, Harold Cohn, Herb Crockett, Daves, Wallace Davidson, Capt. Davidson, Arthur Dewey, Edward R. Evans, Colby Hall, Vernon Hauser, Coleman Hendricks, Erle Henriksen, Thomas Kidd, Albert McEvers, James Nelson, Herman Riddell, Ralph L. Schroeder, William H. Snyder, Monty Stewart, L. J. Tragerman, Ewing Turner, E. Richmond Ware. And nurses are: Velma Beatty, Clair Ender, Mildred Franks, Dorothy Hanson, Marjorie Hawks, Dora Henning, Hazel Langdon, Irma Lindberg, Anna Loven, Martha Pollock, Marjorie Tubbs, Charlotte Walker, Ethel Weber.