Medical College of Virginia Base No. 45 Hospital newspaper, 5 November 1917
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4 MEDICAL COLLEGE OF VIRGINIA, BASE HOSPITAL,No. 45 Personnel (continued from first page)
Clerical Staff Miss Lou Freid, Richmond, Va Miss Bland Hobson, Richmond, Va. Miss Anne L. Jones, Alexandria, Va. Miss Kathleen Watkins, Rich'd, Va.
Enlisted Personnel S K Ames, Pungoteague, Va. L W Angle, Rocky Mount, Va. E A Amick, Lexington, Va. L. Bucceroni, Richmond, Va. L. C. Byrd, Richmond, Va. D.A. Breitstein, Richmond, Va. E. Bane, Roanoke, Va. B. Brittle, Richmond, Va. F.W. Brauer, Jr., Richmond, Va. P.S. Burbank, Richmond, Va. E. A. Barlow, Richmond, Va. R.P.Booth, Lexington, Va. G.T. Brooks, Williamsburg, Va. W.G. Burnette, Richmond, Va. A. L. Bendheim, Richmond, Va. A. H. Bowie, Covington, Va E.G. Bartlett, Roanoke, Va. M. Bernstein, Richmond, Va. H. Bernstein, Richmond, Va. C.L. Bates, Richmond, Va. Sherlock Bronson, Richmond, Va. Rezin Carothers, Washington, D.C. R. T. Chittenden, Victoria, Va. M.R. Coleman, City Point, Va. L.B. Coburn, Narrows, Va. R.T. Culver, Richmond, Va. F.T. Crowder, Richmond, Va. H. W. Chappell, Dendron, Va. H. E. Calisch, Richmond, Va. N.T. Crossley, Kinsale, Va. F.E. Carson, Richmond, Va. R. McG. Cabell, Lexington, Va. C.O. Dance, Hallsboro, Va. W. J. Davis, Richmond, Va. G. R. Ellington, Richmond, Va. W.B. Elwang, Richmond, Va. D.Q. Eggleston, Charlotte C.H., Va. R. S. Ellis, Richmond, Va. J. L. Fanton, Belle Haven, Va. R. L. Forstman, Richmond, Va. R. L Goode, Charlotte, N C M.E. Griffin, Richmond, Va. R. L. Gooch, Henderson, N.C. E. L. Gibson, Richmond, Va V.A. Gravatt, Richmond, Va. J B Gilbert, Richmond, Va, T.H. Geddy, Jr., Williamsburg, Va. E S. Galligher, Richmond Va. F. M Girton, Richmond, Va. J. R. Geddy, Richmond, Va. R. L. Gray, Staunton, Va. F.S. Hock, Lexington, Va. Ralph T. Hoar, Byrdton, Va. J. E Hammer, Petersburg, Va. J. A. Hill, Richmond, Va R. B. Harkiss, Richmond, Va. J.B. Harkiss, Richmond, Va. D. Hale, Narrows, Va. P H. Hale, Narrows, Va. R. M. Hawthorne, Victoria, Va. M.L.Horner, Richmond, Va A.H. Hopkins, Rocky Mount, Va. W H Huffman, Richmond, Va. O.R. Hodgin, Richmond, Va. E. Hotchkiss, Richmond, Va. J. M. Horner, Midlothian, Va. S. J. Harris, Union, S.C. S. A.Hausenflook, Richmond, Va. T. J. Harrison, Richmond, Va. P.S. Herring, Clinton, N.C. A. F. Hargrave, West Point, Va. G.F. Hester, Chase City, Va. J. T. Joliff, Richmond, Va. B.S.Jones, Leaksville, N.C. J. H. Jones, Richmond, Va. A. L. Johnston, Narrows, Va. A. R. Kershaw, Richmond, Va. F. R. Kimbrough, Richmond, Va. W.C. Kidd, Petersburg, Va. E.W. Kennedy, Richmond, Va. Frank Levy, Richmond, Va. S.G. Layton, Union, S.C. M.M. Lewis, Jr, Fredericksburg, Va. L.S. Liggan, Richmond, Va. M.H. Lewis, Richmond, Va. L.E. Lee, Jr., Charleston, W. Va. J E. Michael, Kannapolis, N.C. W. P Maynard, Richmond, Va. L.W.Mc Donough, Richmond, Va. W. J. Mays, Richmond, Va S.McCarteney, Washington, D.C. G.C. Mitchell,Hopewell, Va. W. V. Moore, Richmond, Va. H.L. Milbourne, Richmond, Va. G.E.McNeil, Jonesville, Va P.R. McFall, South Richmond, Va. I. May, Richmond, Va. F. H.Pease, Richmond, Va. E. H. Poulson, Richmond, Va. E. H. Poindexter, Frederickshall, Va. L. T. Pafford, Atkins, Va. A. C. Pulliam, Newport News, Va. C.B. Payne, Newport News, Va. R.P. Quarles, Midlothian, Va. C. D. Rosenbaum, Wilson, N.C. Robt. Rennolds,Richmond, Va. J. J. Ryan, New York W.H. Robertson, Richmond, Va. R. C. W. Radford, Forest Depot, Va. H. E. Richardson, Jr., Richmond, Va. T. R. Snider, Atkins, Va. A. H. Saunders, Richmond, Va. W. G. Sellman, Richmond, Va. Lorin Smith, City Point, Va. H. M. Scanland, City Point, Va. H. P. Smith, Newport News, Va. L. E. Styne, Buchanan, Va. G.M. Smith, Stuart, Va. W. H. Shears, Richmond, Va. T. E. Stainback, Kinston, N.C. H. G.Smith, Newport News, Va. S. H. Smith, Union, S. C. R. H. Scott, Richmond, Va. W. R. Smith, Union, S. C. R.H. Scott, Richmond, Va. W.R. Smith, City Point, Va. B.A. Stimson, Statesville, N.C. J. L. Shepherd, Jr., Richmond, Va. F.E. Tappan, Berryville, Va. J.A. Tignor, Richmond, Va. H.G. Taliaferro, Richmond, Va. R.C. Thomas, Blacksburg, Va P.D. Tiller, Richmond, Va. H. Van Landingham, Richmond, Va. H. E Wood, Richmond, Va.
OUR SPIRIT OF SERVICE The part which we as members of this hospital are to play in the country's service is full of privilege. It is true that we are not called upon to go into the high place of danger to which the fighting forces go. Ours are not such risks as theirs, nor ours such gallant honors. But out of its very limitations comes the splendor of the work we are to do. We are sent not to hate, but to have mercy; not to hurt , but to heal. Every hospital is a witness to the spirit that is higher than war, and some day shall conquer war. Every Red Cross flag is a symbol of the forgetfulness of national differences in the service of human needs; and by that spirit alone can the world be recreated some day into peace. We shall render our service best as we think of it most greatly. We are to try not only to heal men's bodies, but to help in the highest sense to make me whole. We are to make the spirit of our fellowship such that those who come within it shall go out again with clearer motive, truer courage, finer faith in man and God. This means that we ourselves must keep in touch with the source of inspiration. It means that we must seek our strength from Him whom one of the valiant figures of this war has called the "Lord of all good life." Sincerely yours, W. RUSSELL BOWIE, Chaplain.
Suggestions to Enlisted Personnel Assignment of the enlisted men to duty this early in advance of the date of sailing for Europe can be considered as only tentative. In view of the fact, however, that it is important to get each man thinking seriously of the line of work he will particularly follow, such an assignment has been attempted subject, of course, to any modification that the Adjutant may subsequently desire to make. In the first place it must be borne in mind that each member of the unit comes with willingness to do anything and everything that may fall to his lot. None have been accepted for specified duties alone. Each will have his place to fill, but while he is not engaged with duties attached to this place, he will be doing something else. For Instance, the name of Mr A_________ may appear in the list as a carpenter. Whether he will actually do any carpentering, only future circumstances can decide. If occasion demands carpentry, he will be prepared to do the work. If the occasion never presents itself, however, he will fully occupy his time performing any other duties that may be assigned to him. It must also be borne in mind that important changes may have to be made in all places. It is necessary, for instance, to be provided with a laundry personnel, and therefore certain men have been attached to this department. If we should, however, be sent to some city where laundry facilities are already provided, the Base Hospital will have no laundry of its own, but the laundry personnel will be attached to some other department. A number of inquiries have come to the office of the acting adjutant with reference to uniforms and other questions of personal equipment. Enlisted men will be under no expense except for laundry, which is very small. Their transportation, board and clothing will be furnished by the government. Until they are called into active service, either in a training camp or in the field, they have no authority to wear uniforms. It is permissible for an enlisted man to purchase his own uniform, provided it conforms to regulations. This, however is not advised, as the cost of this equipment in the shops is considerable higher than it is in the quartermaster's department, and men making such purchases will be reimbursed by the government, if at all, only on the basis of the quartermaster's prices. At this time all quartermaster's depots are overwhelmed by the demands of the various cantonments, and it is impossible for them to furnish supplies elsewhere. The equipment of the base hospital personnel in uniforms, et., will therefore probably not occur until the unit goes to camp for training. It has also often been asked if the men may take with them various objects of one sort and another. As a general proposition, this will not be permissible. Unless the situation changes in the future, it is best to figure only on taking the regulation amount of clothing furnished by the government and a personal outfit of toilet articles. The importance of preliminary training cannot be overestimated. Assurances are given from Washington that the unit will be sent to a camp for a month or six weeks prior to the date of sailing. However, it is desirable that some training be started at once. With this in mind the Richmond contingent, about seventy men in all, have been organized into a company for twice a week drills. Out-of-town men are urged without further notice to take this matter up also and do everything that may be possible under the circumstances. It is suggested that each out-of-town member of the unit procure permission from some local military organization to drill with it. This is entirely permissible, and it will be found that most company commanders will be glad to co-operate. Any base hospital member who has an opportunity to spend some time in a local hospital and to become familiar with hospital work in any of its phases, should do so. Members in general are urged to use any spare moments at their disposal, becoming acquainted with any of the features of their work with which they may not be already familiar. By getting in touch with local physicians and hospitals and by doing some preliminary reading, it will be possible to do much in this direction. A premium will be put upon intelligence and good judgment in the ward work. Among the publications which will be valuable in connection with preliminary reading are those issued by the American Red Cross Association. These are inexpensive and may now be obtained at practically any good book store. In a word, estimate your capacities. If you possess a working experience in any thing --- it matters not what --- catalogue that among your qualifications and notify the adjutant, if you have not already done so. You can never tell when an emergency will arise, producing the need for just such information or service as you can give. We go as a big family working in a common cause and every ounce of your energy and experience should go into the common lot. In the weeks of waiting if you can increase the number of these ounces, it is your duty to do so. Members of the base hospital duly enlisted are no longer subject to draft. A list of all members will be furnished to the governor of each state concerned, and it is probable that none of them will be summoned by local boards hereafter. If this should ever happen to be the case, however, it will only be necessary to immediately file claim for exemption on the ground of previous enlistment and to apply to the office of adjutant for further instructions.
THE ETERNAL QUESTIONS, When? Efforts to determine the all important question of the date of departure of Base Hospital No. 45 for Europe are met only by contradiction and obscurity. This is essentially the fault of no one unless it be the Kaiser Wilhelm. The shifting aspects of the war produce a kaliedoscopic horizon the next morning's contour and demands of which no man can foresee. The Surgeon General of the Army would perhaps gladly set the minds of inquirers at rest and relieve himself of their importunities. The best he or anyone can do is to meet each day's problem as it arises. If to-morrow calls for another base hospital "somewhere in France" one will go. So far as Base Hospital No. 45 is concerned this call may come early or it may come late. The one obvious and imperative duty before us is to prepare with all possible speed to respond to the summons adequately whenever it comes --- and this we are doing and have in fact nearly done. VARYING REPORTS
In the ordinary course of events the base hospital will probably leave America sometimes between February and April of next year.This statement was more or less explicitly made in Washington a short time ago, and was accompanied by the assertion that the government would have need for every base hospital now in existence, and, in fact, was planning to authorize the organization of perhaps 150 more. The general opinion prevailing at the moment was that there would be several years of war yet; that a million or more American soldiers would be in Europe before the end of 1918, and that a sufficient number of base hospitals would accompany or precede the. As these troops will not begin to see action until the spring opens and as the American base hospitals are now apparently being specifically assigned to American armies there was no occasion for hast in crossing the ocean. This announcement was momentarily disappointing, but reflection showed it to embody certain desirable features that have now won for it the approval of even the most impatient. It would scarcely be agreeable to any of us to break off all home ties, and hurry abroad with nothing to do until next spring. The Hopkins unit and one or two others have met this experience and are anything but contented. Furthermore, Northern France in mid-winter is no paradise. Accounts of the extreme inclemency of the weather and of the almost total lack of fuel are becoming more and more numerous. Many hospital wards contain no heat whatever except in a partitioned corner, where an oil stove makes tolerable the exposure of a patient who is wheeled up to it, bed and all, for dressing. If circumstances choose to introduce us to France in some other guise that this no one will object.
Must Be Prepared On the other hand if an unexpected demand should summon us to France at once we are ready to go cheerfully and enthusiastically. And for this we must unquestionably be prepared. Less than a week ago a broad hint fell out of the official Washington mouth-piece. It was admitted that ordinary events meant next spring, but we were reminded that this is an era of extraordinary events. In essence we were told three things: (1) That the Richmond unit stands high in the estimation of headquarters and has been picked to go among the first. (2) That is muster roll should be sent in at once, so that the personnel could be certified to the Surgeon General as complete and prepared for action on short notice. (3) That equipment was an item of lesser importance, as the unit might be put into a hospital already equipped, but that nevertheless the accumulation of equipment should be pushed with all possible speed, as other things being equal, the best equipped unit was most certain of active service. Prompt compliance with the second suggestion followed. In the matter of the third the purchasing agent is already proceeding with as much speed as it is possible for a human being to acquire. So that, in conclusion, we reach the starting point of the circle. We may go next week; we may go next spring. We are ready to go now in personnel. We will be ready in equipment as soon as the markets will exchange supplies for money. In the meantime we wait in patience and try each day to add something to the sum of experience and knowledge that will serve us --- and others, we hope ---when we do go to the front.