WWII 32nd Station Hospital | WWII Africa to Caserta Italy
| Willard O. Havemeier WWII
REGISTRAR'S OFFICE STAFF
The entire staff which worked in the
registrar's office. Starting from the top left Pat
Sorrento, Charles Ballard, William Wilson, next row down,
that me, the writer on the left, next to me is 2nd Lt
Herman C. Needles and to his left you see CWO Thomas J.
Haggerty. In the bottom row Pat Golden, Sgt Murray, Kenneth
Robinson, and Stephen Hair on the bottom right.
Above is Ruby Milligan, one of
our nurses. She had a great smile and loved to dance to
2nd Lt. Mary Gallagher
2nd/Lt Mary Gallagher, our head nurse
in surgical services. In the lower picture she and I are
having a conversation; I was a T/4 at this time. The buildings
you see here were in deplorable condition when we took
over in December,1943. They were initially built
for Italian troops; next German troops took over.
When the Allies won this area, British troops moved in
and when they left, this complex was unoccupied for a
brief time, long enough for vandals to strip all buildings
of doors and windows. When we took over we used
Army blankets to cover doors and windows. We used
kerosene lamps for lighting because electricity was not
operating. Fresh water, plumbing, sewers were services
not available. Our maintenance staff was able to
find a local Italian man who was familiar with sewer and
water lines in the area and in a short time these services
were in working order. For some time we had to use
chlorine in Lister bags for our drinking water.
Weather when we took over was cold and rainy. Until
we had a ward full of about 40 patients, it was very uncomfortable.
I had accumulated some American liquor by buying bottles
of it from Officers and nurses who did not want their
monthly ration. I made deals with a local engineer
battalion to trade booze for plywood (which we used to
build desks and night tables), and some wood stoves which
we used in some wards and offices. All enlisted
men lived in tents; we were able to keep warm enough with