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Document Details


Title: Joseph Milton Hand
Local code: AFC/2001/001/6063
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: For soldiers like Joseph Hand, working in medicine meant building and equipping station hospitals, sometimes from scratch. A station hospital was where a wounded soldier might recover enough to return to the front or move on to a general hospital for further care. Hand’s first hospital, a 500-bed facility in North Africa, took three months to erect and outfit. As American forces moved into Sicily and then up the boot of Italy, Hand kept building hospitals—or taking over existing buildings like an agriculture school in Naples. He joined the reserves after World War II and got called up for the Korean War. In Korea he faced a different kind of challenge: dishonest civilians stealing from the hospital he was managing.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Hand, Joseph Milton, 1921-
Speaker gender: Male
Speaker date of birth: 31-Jan-1921
Speaker place of birth: Atlanta, GA; Georgia; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Willie, Michael Lloyd
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army
Historical events discussed: Korean Conflict, 1950-1953; World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Africa; Asia; Europe; Italy; Korea; North Africa; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Africa; Asia; Europe; Italy; Korea; Korean Conflict, 1950-1953; Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives, American; Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans; North Africa; North America; Oral history; U.S. Army; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0032464-35545