24th General Hospital in World War II

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The 24th General Hospital, commonly known as the “Tulane Unit” was composed of personnel from the Tulane School of Medicine and was activated in July 1942. Colonel Walter C. Royals (Tulane SOM, 1917) was the commanding officer of the Unit. Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The unit served: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943); Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944); Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944); Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) and Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). The 24th General Hospital Unit received the Fifth Army Plaque and Clasp for meritorious service with the Fifth Army. In the First World War Tulane also sponsored a medical unit organized by Dr. Rudolph Matas.

S.Harvey Colvin. 24th General Hospital negative collection: Digitized negatives from the Colvin collection from the 24th General Hospital, World War II have been added to the digital collections of Tulane (funded by the History of Medicine Society). The collection includes 134 scanned (.tiff) negatives taken of the 24th General Hospital (United States. Army). The sites were visited by Colonel Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. The negatives were a gift of Melba Colvin, 1989.

The Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences has other collections related to the 24th General Hospital in WWII as part of the historic collections, such as the Col. Walter C. Royals, MD photo album and the memorabilia collections of Lt. Col. John J. Archinard, Claudia Weaver Archinard and Dr. Edward Des. Matthews.

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Market scene with local civilians
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Market scene with officer and many local civilians
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical officer, nurse and patients with cart and supplies
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical officer outside in front of building
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical officer with two children outside in trees
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical officers in Laboratory
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical officers in Laboratory
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical Officers in quarters at leisure
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical Officers in quarters at leisure
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical unit laboratory with medical workers
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Medical work in Laboratory
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Memorial, Aux Enfants de Bizerte Morts pour la France, Grand Guerre, 1914-1918
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Metal drum with dog
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Military in T-shirt with tags and supplies outside
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Military officer outside with local Arab civilians
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Mural over door - battle scene
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Nurse with patient and several other military onlookers
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Officer and carpet merchants
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu
Officer and child
World War II photographs of Samuel Harvey Colvin, Jr., M.D. (Tulane School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Bacteriology - Nov.15,1940; on leave effective July 15, 1942, active duty U.S. Army with rank of Major). 24th General Hospital (United States. Army) . Thirty Tulane medical graduates and ten Tulane faculty members were included in the complement of forty-two medical doctors. The "Tulane Unit", activated in July 1942, was affiliated with the Fifth Army: Fort Benning (July 15, 1942 to August 8, 1943) -- Bizerte, Tunisia (September 8, 1943 to May 31, 1944) -- Grosseto, Italy (July 21, 1944 to September 15, 1944) -- Army headquarters near Florence, Italy (September 21, 1944- ) -- Livorno, Italy (June 1, 1945 to June 11, 1945). For more information see Tulane and the War, Tulanian, Jan. 1946 and Roll Call for the 24th General Hospital, Tulanian, Nov. 1967., medref@tulane.edu

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