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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Two nurses, military medical officer at desk with books
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
Two officers, Busy market street 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., Matas Library of the Health Sciences, medref@tulane.edu
Two officers in front of door for Lt. Col. Colvin, Maj. Charbonnet, Capt. Vincent, Capt. Meade
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
Two officers in front of shelter
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
Two officers, Interior Bey's Palace with Throne and arch
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
View of ancient ruins
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
View of ancient ruins
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
View of beach with fence and building in distance
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
View of camp headquarters with flag and people walking by
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
View of camp road with figures in the distance
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
View of landscape from hospital complex, vehicles
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
View with male and female military, locals, camels and old architecture
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
Woman in military jacket and pants, sand beach
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
WWII planes
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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