Hospital on the Move: Life with the 79th Field Hospital in World War II

Mary Jane Kohlenberg

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This is a personal story of life with the 79th Field Hospital told through letters, photos, news clippings, and memorabilia collected by the late Lt. Gilbert Kohlenberg.

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This is a personal story of life with the 79th Field Hospital told through letters, photos, news clippings, and memorabilia collected by the late Lt. Gilbert Kohlenberg.

Told by his widow, Mary Jane Kohlenberg, Lt. J. G. USN (ret.), the story follows Company Commander Lt. Kohlenberg as he supervised the field hospital, which was quickly organized to travel with General Patch’s 7th Army as it moved across the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgments
Time Line for the 79th Field Hospital
Before Military Life: Our College Days
Serving in the United States
Three Army Mascots: Sad Sack, Butch, and Harvey
Life as a Navy WAVE
England
France
Germany
Army Athletic Staff School
Germany Again
Southern France
Back in the United States
Appendix 1: History of the 79th Field Hospital
Appendix 2: Terms Used in the Medical Administration Corps
Appendix 3: Fairmont Army Air Field Roster, 1943
Appendix 4: Camp Sibert, Alabama Roster
Appendix 5: Personnel Changes after V-E Day
Bibliography
Name Index
Subject Index

 

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Born in Yale, Oklahoma, in the 1920s, Mary Jane Kohlenberg received her bachelor’s degree in math from the University of Illinois, and her mater’s degree in education from Truman State University. She joined the U.S. Navy during World War II and served for six years, and worked one year as a statistician for the army. She taught in the division of math and computer science at Truman from 1954 to her retirement in 1988.

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