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Info on 16th Medical Regt

Fri Sep 25, 2009 18:28

Hi all,

Can someone direct me to more info on the 16th Med Regt during WW2?

Am I correct to assume it was attached to 2nd Army Corps in Italy?

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Re: Info on 16th Medical Regt

Fri Sep 25, 2009 23:33

Hi Johan,
Zeg vriend, begin jij nu ook al moeilijke vragen te stellen ... ? 'K zal maar antwoorden zeker ?

The 16th Medical Regiment arrived in the Mediterranean Theater in 1942. The First Battalion landed at Oran on 8 November, while the Second Battalion landed at the same place on 8 December. After landing the Regiment was immediately reorganized and split into 2 composite Battalions which functioned independently in essentially the same way as the separate Medical Battalions. The official dates of arrival and service in the MTO were respectively set at 21 November 1942 (First Battalion) and at 25 December 1942 (Second Battalion). The Regiment served in Algeria (Oran area) first and later in Tunisia (Souk el Khemis area). Official Campaign credits only mention Tunisia. The Second Battalion returned to Algeria mid-February because of the German breakthrough at Kasserine. With the renewal of the Allied offensive on 28 March 1943, the Second Battalion advanced once more and set up a Clearing Station at Sbeïtla, Tunisia. The Battalion was later assigned to II Corps for the northern phase of the Tunisian Campaign and set up evacuation lines in the region of Bédja, Tunisia. By 15 May 1943, a Detachment reached Mateur, where it helped support the 9th Evacuation Hospital. Meanwhile First Battalion operated an Ambulance shuttle between Tébessa and Constantine, Algeria (with some British assistance). Mid-March 1943, elements of the First Battalion staffed and operated a French Hospital Train running from Tébessa to Ouled Rahmoun, while other troops organized another Ambulance evacuation route between Tabarka and Bône. During the last phase of the Tunisian Campaign the First Battalion operated a VD Diagnostic and Treatment Hospital south of Constantine, Algeria.
The 16th Medical Regiment was disbanded August/September 1943. Personnel and equipment were transferred to form 2 new medical units, the 161st (ex-First Battalion) Medical Battalion, activated 8 September 1943, and the 162d (ex-Second Battalion) Medical Battalion, activated 25 August 1943.
Operations in Italy follow TOMORROW if I may.
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Re: Info on 16th Medical Regt

Sat Sep 26, 2009 07:34

Hi Johan,
Here are some data relating to Italy. The 161st Medical Battalion (activated 8 sep 43) served in Italy under control of VI Corps, from Salerno to the Arno and obtained following Campaign credits: Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, North Apennines, and Po Valley. It landed on 28 September 1943. An expanded Clearing Station was organized with increased bed capacity from 125 to 250. Around November-December 1943, a Platoon of the 161st (with additional pychiatrists + medical personnel attached) became the Fifth Army NP Center, which opened in 21 December near Capua. In March 1944, elements were at Anzio in support of the 94th Evac Hosp and the 34th Inf Div. In May 1944, one of its Clearing Companies was attached to the French Expeditionary Corps and later served as a Holding Company for air evacuation. The 161st did not participate in the Southern France landings but was retained by the Fifth Army. It was then placed under IV Corps jurisdiction for the coming Mt. Belvedere offensive in October/November, and also temporarily became an expansion unit for the 15th Evac Hosp, while also active in the treatment of NP and gastrointestinal cases. During April 1945, the unit provided medical support to the 92d Inf Div. The 161st Medical Battalion embarked on 7 August 1945 for the US en route to the Pacific but was diverted at sea after the Japanese surrender.
The 162d Medical Battalion (activated 25 Aug 43) served in the same theater and received identical Campaign credits. The unit operated two Clearing Stations on D-Day, 9 September 1943 (attached to 531st Engineer Shore Regiment). It would later be involved in medical support for the 34th Inf and 82d Abn Div, and equally operate a provisional Evacuation Hospital in Naples (2 October 1943) together with the 307th Airborne Medical Company, all under VI Corps. One Clearing Company was attached to the 56th Evac Hosp at Dragoni from 6 November to 21 December. One Platoon formed a VD Center. By mid February 1944, now under II Corps, the unit operated mobile Dispensaries in the isolated Anzio area. It also became partially responsible for evacuation and loading of patients on the docks to Naples. Also shortly involved in evacuating FEC forward Hospitals, as well as running evacuation out of Rome (after its liberation 4 Jun 44). 162d elements were attached to the 38th Evac Hosp course of September 1944. Operated VD Hospital and Dental Clininc in Florence in March 1945 for treating II and IV Corps patients. On 25 August 1945, the 162d Medical Battalion was ordered to return to the Zone of Interior.
That should answer your question I hope.
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Re: Info on 16th Medical Regt

Sat Sep 26, 2009 08:17

Thanks Alain, I'll buy you a coffee in Ciney next month... :wink:
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Re: Info on 16th Medical Regt

Sat Sep 26, 2009 08:22

Say Johan, you're welcome (as you know), but ... ONLY buying me a coffee ?
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Alain :lol:
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