[Papua New Guinea?]: 1945. pp. Folio. Original printed pictorial card covers, stapled. Printed in multiple colors throughout. Some light wear, corners bumped. Very good. Item #342
Rare commemorative brochure for the first year anniversary of Base Hospital Fifteen, an American naval hospital in Papua New Guinea, in the Admiralty Islands, during World War II. The hospital served as a staging point for Allied casualties during the Philippines Campaign of 1944-1945. “Our first year has been an eventful one. The wounded of battles fought all the way from New Guinea to Okinawa have passed through here in large numbers. Hospital ships have been frequent visitors and planes have brought us many human cargoes. Australians, English and others of our allies have been treated here as well as some of the natives.” The souvenir contains numerous images of life at the base, including the wards, the laboratory, storehouses, kitchens, library and recreation areas, and the soldiers’ quarters. It also includes a list of officers who have been stationed there, as well as the enlisted men. It is a wonderful snapshot of this base hospital and its operations. OCLC locates one institutional copy, at the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.