64th Field Hospital, Unit History

7th Army, ETO, WWII

         The 64th Field Hospital served in WWII, the Korean War, and as a reserve hospital in Alaska.

         Facts and inferences for this history were taken from numerous documents provided by the Army and by the members of the 64th.

1) 64th Field Hospital General Orders from 12/18/44 to 2/13/54. Document consists of 67 8 1/2" x 14" pages. They deal primarily with the changes of command in the hospital as well as orders regarding the issuance of Good Conduct Medals. Only four insignificant General Orders applied to the 64th Field Hospital in Europe. All of 1947 and 1948 are missing. Excluded are Special Orders and other administrative orders regarding promotions, court-martials, etc.

2) Annual Reports for the years of 1944 and 1945. These are subjective narrative reports by Major Frank, reflecting his pride in the Hospital, rather than documented factual reports. In some instances the reports are almost apologetic for the Hospital not being in action for a longer period of time.

3) A four page history of the Hospital which was written in January of 1949. This history covers the entire action of the Hospital during WWII in one paragraph and then spends the next four pages on its activities during 1948. It ends with the Hospital stationed in Fort Bragg, NC.

4) (Record numerous others).

64th Field Hospital Chronological History

3/20/44 - 9/15/44 Activated, Camp Ellie, IL

3/20-44 - 11/2/44 Basic medical training

9/17/44 - 11/2/44 Fort Dix, NJ - Hospital training

11/3/44 - 11/10/44 Camp Myles Standish - Staging area

11/11/44 - 11/18/44 Boston POT, sailed SS Nieu Amsterdam

11/18/44 - 1/7/45 Camp Crookston, Scotland - waiting for supplies and new equipment

1/8/45 - 1/11/45 Camp C-18, Southampton, England - POE

1/14/45 - 2/9/45 Camp 20 Grand, Duclair France - waiting for equipment

2/12/45 - 3/22/45 Baccarat, France - attached to 27th Evacuation Hospital, inactive status, some men trained with 10th, 11th and 57th Field Hospitals

FROM HERE FORWARD ALL UNITS ACTED INDEPENDENTLY

HEADQUARTERS UNIT

3/22/45 - 3/30/45 Ingwiller, France - support A & C Units

3/30/45 - 4/7/45 Bad Durkheim, Germany - reunited with all units. (all units relieved of combat duty on April 5, 1945) *64th left 7th Army to join 15th Army headquartered at Bad Durkheim, Germany)

4/7/45 - 4/24/45 Bergheim, Germany - 64th Field Hospital pon inactive status.

4/24/45 - 5/9/45 Fortuna, Germany - 64th Field Hospital on inactive status.

5/10/45 - 6/21/45 Cologne, Germany - support B & C units.

A UNIT

3/19/45 - 3/26/45 Brumath, France - support and train with 11th Field Hospital

3/26/45 - 3/31/45 Herxheim, Germany - support 36th Division in combat

3/31/45 - 4/5/45 Landeek, Germany - support 36th Division in combat

4/6/45 - 4/24/45 Bad Durkheim, Germany - reunited with other units.

4/27/45 - 5/21/45 Rennes, France - support 66th Division in mopping up Lorient and St. Nazaire pockets.

5/21/45 - 5/23/45 Cologne, Germany - reunited with other units

5/23/45 - 5/27/45 Nachtsheim, Germany - in transit

5/27/45 - 6/7/45 Welcherath, Germany - station hospital for 106th Division

6/7/45 - 6/21/45 Cologne, Germany - reunited with other units

B UNIT

3/15/45 - 3/24/45 Willerwald, France - set up in tents to support 10TH Field Hospital and train to support combat division on its own

3/24/45 - 3/28/45 Kasierslautern, Germany - support 3rd Division in combat

3/28/45 - 4/1/45 Obershultzen, Germany - crossed the Rhine with 3rd Division

4/1/45 - 4/5/45 Viernheim, Germany - support 3rd Division and 45th Division in combat

4/5/45 - 4/6/45 Bad Durkheim, Germany - reunited with other units

5/10/45 Cologne, Germany - Sportspalast, hospital for displaced persons

5/12/45 - 6/11/45 Stolberg, Germany - station hospital for displaced persons - 100 beds

6/11/45 - 6/21/45 Cologne, Germany - reunited with other units

C UNIT

3/20/45 - 4/5/45 Hochfelden, France - with 11th Field Hospital acted as holding unit for 35 seriously wounded patients

4/5/45 - 4/6/45 Bad Durkheim, Germany - reunited with other units

5/10/45 - 6/21/45 Cologne, Germany, Sportspalast, hospital for displaced persons, temporary duty with 7th Convalescent Hospital operating over 600 beds

FROM HERE FORWARD ALL UNITS WERE TOGETHER

6/6/45 Cologne, Germany - 64th Field Hospital alerted for direct redeployment

6/25/45 - 8/16/45 Camp Arles, France, staging area for overseas shipment

8/16/45 - 8/28/45 SS Exchange

8/28/45 SS Exchange docked at Hoboken, New York

8/28/45 - 9/2/45 Camp Kilmer, NJ

9/2/45 - 10/18/45 R & R

(1/6/46 I, Jerry Bayer, went to Camp McCoy and was discharged)

10/18/45 - 11/2/45 Camp Silbert, Alabama

11/2/45 - 5/9/45 Newton D. Baker General Hospital, Martinsburg, VA. Records sent by a cadet nurse indicate that Edwin Cleveland, Claude McCoy, Roger Drown, Walter Stillwell, Clete Rempfer, Henry Boyce and 98 enlisted men were in the hospital there.

5/9/46 Last of the WWII Hospital personnel transferred to Hq. Det. 3594th SCU, Newton D. Baker General Hospital. Every indication that all WWII veterans were discharged shortly thereafter.

5/10/46 - 11/13/46 Percy Jones General Hospital, Battle Creek, Michigan. This appears to be a transfer on paper only. The records show no personnel or equipment on this base. However a General Order shows that there was a transfer of command on 21 October, 1946. Mrs. Rempfer's letter states Clete left the Army at Percy Jones in November of 1946 which is when the Hospital moved to Murphy General Hospital.

11/13/46 - 4/10/48 Murphy General Hospital, Waltham, MA, this then became the home station for the 64th Field Hospital. The Army has no records for this time. However, an Army Historical Report of Hospital activities in 1948, and dated 27 January, 1949, states that: "During the period of January to 12 March, all officers and nurses were assigned ward duty at Murphy General Hospital. Enlisted men were assigned on-the-job-training within their respective MOS. From 15th March to 9 April, the entire hospital, including officers and enlisted men, with the exception of nurses, underwent field training including road marches. On 10 April the unit was transferred to Fort Bragg, NC, arriving 11 April. (Surmise: This is the period of the Cold War. Did the unrest in Europe keep the Hospital alive at Murphy General on a just-in-case basis? If so, why the 64th?)

4/12/48 - 5/9/48 Fort Bragg, NC. New home base of the Hospital. Preparation here for "special training." This was and is the largest infantry base in the country where airborne troops are trained. (This is the period of the Soviet Blockade of Berlin.)

5/5/48 - 6/1/48 Camp Campbell, KY for special field hospital exercises with infantry. Report states, "1405.6 miles of marches." This is where one of the airborne divisions is stationed.

6/4/48 - 4/3/50 Fort Bragg, NC. Lt. Col. in command.

4/3/50 - 5/16/50 Camp Mackall, NC

5/16/50 - 8/7/50 Fort Bragg, NC

6/25/50 Korean War begins

8/11/50 - 8/14/50 Camp Stoneman, CA Staging area

8/14/50 - 8/26/50 POE and USS Randall to Japan

8/26/50 - 9/23/50 Japan (staging?)

9/24/50 - 12/16/50 Korea UN Defense. Chinese intervention. William Tuttle reports that the hospital did serve in a limited combat capacity during this time but had one building for casualties. It was located "on the water's edge" at Pusan. Then it went north to Pyongyang to set up for combat casualties but the North Koreans moved South and the hospital hurried back to Pusan. One respondent reports they had to run like hell from the Chinese.

12/17/50 - 5/20/51 Japan APO 9, Camp Fischer at Fuginamore where there were no patients.

5/21/51 - 9/15/53 Korea Island of Koje-Do. Set up hospital for camp of Korean and Chinese POW's. 53 officers, inc. nurses) 4 warrant officers, 193 EM's (Enlisted Men). 250th QMC Laundry Detachment was attached to it. 1 officer and 15 Enlisted Men. During this time 10/25/51, the hospital became a part of the Regular Army: the 8th Army.

9/18/53 - 3/31/54 Korea. Ordered to Demilitarized Zone to handle 2000 patients. The last change of command order dated 2/13/54 and was signed by a warrant officer who took command.

6/26/60 - 4/30/70 Fort Richardson, Alaska.

5/1/70 Fort Richardson, Alaska. Inactivated.

The trail of the 64th Field Hospital ends here. The Army has no more records. The Korean War ended on 7/27/53. On 2/13/54 at APO 20, a Chief Warrant Officer took command of the Hospital which would indicate that it no longer functioned as a field hospital. One could presume that at long last the 64th Field Hospital died a natural death. Or, on the other hand, it could have served in Viet Nam and is still alive and well in the limbo of the US Army.

------- Jerry Bayer

           jerbayer@postoffice.swbell.net     jerbayer@swbell.net

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