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Pictures of Field Hospitals??

Sun Aug 03, 2008 13:24

Does anyone have any pics, especially of vehicles assigned to Field Hospitals? I am looking to mark my new jeep for the 42nd Field Hospital and want to get the bumper markings as accurate as possible. I have read that the bumper could read 1A-42F\H , or 1A-42FLD & most recently it has been suggested that Field Hospitals were medical battalions so it would read 1A-42M, but I don't think the last one is correct. Any help at all would be most greatly appreciated.

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 21:14

Hi Jim,

Thanks for your query. Firstly, Field and other such semi-mobile Hospital units certainly weren't medical battalions, so the last example is entirely incorrect for vehicle markings.

Since the 42d Fld Hosp formed part of the Medical Department serving the First United Stats Army (FUSA), the correct markings for your Jeep should be as follows, where # should replace your desired vehicle number:

1A-42M############FLD-#

I hope that the above will help in marking up your Jeep!
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Sun Aug 03, 2008 23:19

Thanks Ben, that is indeed a great help. This leads to another question though. How did they differntiate between the HQ, A, B, and C unit of the hospital? I have been marking jeeps for years now, but these medical designations are the most difficult by far.

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Sun Aug 03, 2008 23:57

Hi Jim,

I'm glad that I could help. As far as I'm aware, there was no designation indicating the Unit within the Hospitals, officially at least, according to AR 850-5 of 5 August 1942. The photograph below shows a vehicle belonging to the 24th Evac Hosp, and as you can see it follows the structure explained above:

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I was meanwhile able to locate some photographs of the 42d Field Hospital, which I have posted below for your perusal. Unforutnately, there are no vehicles visible in the shots:

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If you should need any more information about the unit, kindly indicate so and I shall see what else can be found in my personal library.

Thanks and kind regards,
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Mon Aug 04, 2008 01:52

Ok, that makes sense, I guess that I was just trying to over-think the whole thing. Now seeing your pictures it all makes perfect sense. And thanks for the pictures of the 42nd. I am always eager to see new things, it can only help to make ones impression better.

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42d Fld Hosp

Mon Aug 04, 2008 08:10

Hi Jim,
I fully concur with Ben's comments - just for your info, the 42d Field Hospital was indeed attached to FUSA (First US Army), but as from August 1944, its members were instructed to wear TUSA's SSI (Third US Army), so vehicle markings were probably adapted as well to reflect the new situation, i.e.

3A - 42M * FLD-1

T/O & E 8-510 dated 28 Sep 43 indicates a maximum of 4 Jeeps per Fld Hosp (+ 1 x 3/4-Ton Weapon Carrier, 1 x 2 1/2-Ton Truck, 6 x 3/4-Ton Ambulance, 3 x 1/4-Ton Trailer, 1 x 1-Ton Cargo Trailer, 3 x 250-Gal Water Tank Trailer) .

Mind you, up to Feb/March 1942, a Field Hospital had NO 1/4-Ton Trucks !

Hope this helps you further along ...
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