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BASE NO. 54 READY
MEN AND OFFICERS AWAIT
With the arrival ot the enlisted per
sonnel of Base Hospital No. 54 the
formation of that organization is com
pleted, and they are now awaiting the
order to move.
The officers’ roster is complete and
is considered to be one of the finest
aggregation of medical and surgical
men ever formed.
The non-commissioned officers are
mostly men selected from the old de
tachment and are those who have
shown themselves to be painstaking
and efficient workers and are espe
cially qualified for overseas service in
a hospital of this nature.
The new men themselves, who ar
rived Saturday evening from Camp
Greenleaf, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., have
had considerable training along the
necessary lines and are ready for im
mediate call. They come from units
and training companies made up of
men from Camp Pike, Arkansas, and
from Camp Taylor, Kentucky, while
their homes are mostly in Ohio, In
diana and Kentucky, some of then?
coming from States more distant than
While at Camp Greenleaf the men
were given instruction in first aid and
bandaging, litter drill and general li
ter work and comprehensve medical
The crew of workmen under Ser
geant Yates are extending the main
drain as far as the officers’ quarters
so that the system of placing all wa
ter drains underground, as an added
health measure, is almost completed.
Private Raymond A. Duquette is
about to be released from the hospital,
where he has been a patient for the
past two weeks, due to a broken arm
which was sustained when he attempt
ed to crank an automobile.
OFFICERS OF NO. 54
IS ORDERED HERE FOR TEM
Major Robert Burns, .Ir., has re
ported for duty with the U. S. A. base
hospital here. Major Burns was for
merly chief of the surgical service at
the post hospital at Fort Snelling,
Minn., where he had been stationed
since his entrance into the service on
He relates as an interesting coinci
dent with his deprture from Fort
Snelling, that as he was about to en
train he was presented with a beauti
ful silver loving cup, by the members
of the enlisted personnel of the hos
pital there. The cup is an unusually
attractive one and one that he will
cherish for many years as a pleasant
and ever present reminder of his stay
at Fort Snelling.
The major is a graduate of Wash
ington University, St. Louis, Mo.,
where he :nade his home before his
entrance into the service after the out
break of hostilities.
While only assigned here for tem
porary duty. Major Burns was very
well pleased with the aspect of the
hosi)ital here and stated that it had
a “very pleasant appearance.”
Arthur H. Fay was made a sergeant
on last Friday and was ordered to
leave at once for Markelton, Pa.,
where he will be attached to a general
hospital. Sergeant Fay has been an
assistant in the base hospital labora
tory since last December. His train
ing in the University of Missouri and
his work in the laboratory here
brought him the opportunity of labora
tory aid in the new hospital and a
promise of rapid advancement.
OFFICERS’ PERSONNEL NOW
'The officers’ personnel of Base Hos-
])ital No. 54 has been completed and
the organization is now momentarily
expecting the order to leave Camp
Greene for some unknown point
across the sea.
The commissioned officers who will
be in charge of the hospital and its
various wards and branches on the
other side of the water are:
Colonel Henry Page, M. C., U. S. A.,
commanding; Lieutenant-Colonel Jon
athan M. Walnwright, chief of surgi
cal service; Majors Thomas Burrage,
John Eveleth, John MacRae, Myren
Morris; Captains Bernard Conley, Ed
ward Dowdle, Adolph Fardelmann,
Frederick Hagler, Walter Harvey,
Harry Meade, Herbert Milliken, Rob-,
ert Miller, Thomas Nelan, Thomas
O’Neil, Daniel Ray, William Scruggs,
Walter , Stevenson, Nicholas Zinner,
Benjamin Choate; First Lieutenants
Stephan Cobb, Jr., Paul Davis, Jos.
Hartsell, William Lee, Dabney Minor,
Frank Mock, James Monahan, Joseph
Thomas, Herbert Turnquist, Charles
Private D. Kemper Helabeck was de
lightfully surprised Saturday by a vis
it from his sister, Miss Clara Helsa-
beck of Winston-Salem.
IJeutenant Colonel George Renn is
wrestling with the daily problem of
perfecting the organization of the U.
S. Army Base Hospital and yet he
cannot allow his administrative work
to throttle his chivalry and hospital
ity. The lieutenant-colonel cannot
find it in his heart to thunder “get
out” when people break into his office
on a pseudo-business mission, how
ever. Accordingly he has devised the
delicate method of having an outer
office where it may be learned if his
work will allow him to see visitors
when folks call “to see the colonel."
Sergeant Goldstein, clerk to the
liospital commander, is in charge of
the smaller office and it is for him
to transmit the receptive status of
the hospital head.
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