Bethesda in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Naval Medical Center in the 1940ís
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt selected this site on July 5, 1938. At the time, the site was a cabbage patch on a run down farm. This property was originally part of the “Clagettsí Purchase” recorded in 1715. The original 772 acre tract has been subdivided and sold to various people over the years. The U.S. Government during 1938 and 1939 purchased 8 tracts of land which is now the site of the National Naval Medical Center campus. National Naval Medical Center is now located on 242 acres and is known as the “Flagship of Navy Medicine.” The Tower, Building 1, was dedicated on August 31, 1942.
Photos of FDR at the dedication of Building 1 and of a rural landscape dominated by the new hospital facilities.
Erected by U.S. Navy.
Location. 39° 0.11′ N, 77° 5.72′ W. Marker is in Bethesda, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Wood Road (Maryland Route 355) east of Rockville Pike/Wisconsin Ave.. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8901 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda MD 20889, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Spring House & Pool of Bethesda (within shouting distance of this marker); National Naval Medical Center "All are Welcome to the Healing Plaza" (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Walter Reed Memorial (about 700 feet away); Walter Reed Monument (about 700 feet away); The Centennial Anchor (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Louis Stokes Laboratories (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tree of Hippocrates (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Bethesda.
Also see . . .
1. History of the Medical Department of the U.S. Navy in World War II. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center [est. November 11, 2011]. (Submitted on December 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. U.S. Navy: U.S. Marine Corps; USNH Beth; Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR); FDR
Categories. • Military • Notable Places • Science & Medicine • War, World II •
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