Captain Weiss shoveling dirt for flowerbed with nurse outside 24th General Hospital quarters in North Africa
Gift in Memory of Dr. Thomas Edward Weiss, from the collection of the National World War II Museum
Captain Weiss shoveling dirt for flowerbed with nurse outside 24th General Hospital quarters. "Don't let this scare you! It was taken some time before we left Africa, I still had my cast on in fact. This nurse, Miss Faungier(?) worked to plant some flowers outside our quarters so I was lending a hand, when someone passed and took this rather strange photo, made more weird by poor printing techniques." 24th General Hospital, Bizerte, Tunisia, North Africa. Circa 1943
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Items from the service of Dr. Thomas Weiss who served with the 24th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy. Almost all members of this hospital, including Weiss, were graduates of or medical staff at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. They operated from Fort Benning until August 1943 when they embarked for North Africa where they opened a hospital in Bizerte, Tunisia. There they cared for the wounded during the early phases of the invasion of Italy. They eventually moved to Italy where they cared for casualties of the Fifth Army. The men of this hospital famously held a Mardi Gras celebration in Italy on 13 February, 1945.
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