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General Hospital 21 Collection

  • RG004
  • Collection
  • 1942-1945

The General Hospital 21 Records is a collection of manuscripts and war memorabilia brought together and preserved by veterans of a military unit. Several of the series were generated as official records of the 21st General Hospital when it was stationed overseas, 1942-1945. But also included are many files and writings compiled or composed by the principal donor, Lee D. Cady, M.D. as late as 1975. The collection is designated a record group because it documents the history of an organization, rather than the career of any particular individual and because this organization at its inception was sponsored by Washington University School of Medicine.

The record group, as processed and described in this inventory by the Archives staff, is comprised of seventeen series. The series include narrative histories and reports, unit newspapers, records of the unit before activation, training materials, transit orders and rosters, files pertaining to each of the overseas duty stations, personnel files, general subject files, maps and plans, and select publications concerning the war and locales where the unit served.

21st General Hospital

Diaries, Narrative Histories, and Reports, 1942-1981.

This series contains chronological records of the 21st General Hospital. Much of the series is Cady's postwar narrative history, Diary of the 21st General Hospital (Subseries 5), and two revisions, The fighting twenty-first (Subseries 6-7). The unit histories, the nursing reports, and the log of inactivation of medical officers and nurses are the wartime records in Series 1. Unit histories, according to Cady's memorandum regarding reports, 2 June 1944 (Box 6, Folder 1), "go below the surface of bare events." Content includes organization; training and development; and problems of assembly, embarkation, movement, and debarkation; and operations (amount of work). Where applicable they cover the character of country and terrain, the attitude of military and civil officials and of the population of the region and the resources of the country. Of particular interest were methods employed to restore operation of damaged buildings, sewage, water, and electricity; and methods adopted for control of discipline, police and fire protection and health. Supporting documents attached are photographs, directives, orders, statistics, and charts.

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