My mother and aunt went through nursing school together, then joined the Army Nurse Corps and served together at the Camp Cooke (now Vandenburg AFB) Station Hospital in California, and then shipped overseas in November 1944, eventually serving together with the 202nd General Hospital in Paris.
I've spent the last 14 years documenting the history of my father's Third Army unit (see http://www.super6th.org), and am now turning my attention to my mother's service, which I know will be much more challenging.
Like the combat veterans I've met who rarely talk about their battle experiences, my mother never told me any substantive stories about her time in Europe, although she had many happy stories about her Camp Cooke stint.
There is very little known about the 202nd General Hospital, and I've discovered from a driver assigned to the unit that the reason for this dearth of knowledge and history is that 202nd personnel were divided up and assigned to several different hospitals around Paris. They never functioned in Europe as a single unit. [I NOW KNOW THAT THIS IS NOT ENTIRELY ACCURATE. THE 202nd DID HAVE A ROUGH TIME STARTING UP, AND PERSONNEL WERE ASSIGNED TO DIFFERENT PHYSICAL LOCATIONS AT DIFFERENT TIMES, BUT THE 202ND DID IN FACT HAVE ITS OWN PHYSICAL PLANT ALONG THE SEINE, TO THE NORTHWEST OF PARIS, AND FORMALLY FUNCTIONED AS A GENERAL HOSPITAL BY MAY '45. -- BF 090818]
I've already had some pleasant exchanges here with Alain, as well as with Lois (203rd General Hospital), and I'm well acquainted through the 6th Armored Division with Al Sims, who has contributed 76th Armored Medical Battalion info here.
I will be posting what information I have related to the 202nd General Hospital, and to the Station Hospital and Camp Cooke. If anybody can contribute to a discussion about the 202nd, I would be most appreciative.
Son of 1st Lt. Alta Widener Frederick, and nephew of 1st Lt. Alma Widener, both ANC (ret.), deceased.