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Medical Corps at Camp Devens - 1918

The Medical Corps at Camp Devens is under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, the divisional surgeon, who has under him 230 officers and 1100 men. Besides the base hospital there are twenty-six infirmaries, attached, for the most part, to the regimental units.

THE MEDICAL CORPS

Three of the Ambulances Waiting Near One of the Regimental Infirmaries for Patients to Take to the Base Hospital.

Three of the Ambulances Waiting Near One of the Regimental Infirmaries for Patients to Take to the Base Hospital. GGA Image ID # 13a349feeb

Since the Red Cross has come under the dominion of the War Department, the ambulances and equipment have become adjuncts to the Medical Corps, and the workers enlisted men in the army.

The Medical Corps at Camp Devens is under the direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Powell, the divisional surgeon, who has under him 230 officers and 1100 men. Besides the base hospital there are twenty-six infirmaries, attached, for the most part, to the regimental units.

Each of these smaller hospitals has a staff of officers and trained men to take care of the trivial cases or to administer first aid upon event of an emergency. Each morning, after breakfast, the men who are not well answer “sick-call” and are marched by a non-commissioned officer to the regimental infirmary.

If their illnesses are imaginary or obviously only temporary, the staff treats them there; any men whose condition is really not normal, or who might develop sickness through lack of proper care, are sent to the base hospital in ambulances.

It lends a touch of realism to the ordinary commonplace incidents of the camp to see these ambulances, with large red crosses on the side, go tearing along the road.

The “rolling stock” of the Medical Corps consists of thirty ambulances like those illustrated and four field hospitals. The drivers of these vehicles belong to the four ambulance companies, whose quarters are adjacent to those of the Headquarters Train.

The 204th Ambulance Company at Right Dress.

The 204th Ambulance Company at Right Dress. This Unit Is a Part of the Medical Corps, but Its Barracks Are Adjacent to Those of the Train. These Boys Are Mainly From Worcester and Springfield. GGA Image ID # 13a5315a50

Ambulance Company No. 302 - "Any Garbage?"

Ambulance Company No. 302 - "Any Garbage?" GGA Image ID # 13a2a58637

The last picture shows a detail from Ambulance Company Number 302, loading the accumulated garbage of the day into one of the Quartermaster's trucks. The man in the foreground, who is saluting with a cigarette in his mouth, unquestionably realizes the gravity of the situation.

Each morning these trucks go to the kitchens, collect the refuse and carry it to the transfer station in the rear of the camp.

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