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36th Evacuation Hospital (SM)

 
 
36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
1. 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker
Inscription. During the opening days of the World War II, more than 18,000 square miles of the Arizona and California desert were designated by the U.S. Army as a military training facility. The facility, conceived by General George Patton and referred to as the Desert Training Center (DTC), was designed to prepare troops for the rigors of desert warfare in the invasion of North Africa. Operating from 1942-1944, the DTC expanded far beyond its original scope, and became known as the California-Arizona Maneuver Area (C-AMA) in 1943. Numerous camps were established throughout the desert, in addition to airfields, supply depots, hospitals, firing ranges, and maneuver areas. Over the two year life of the Desert Training Center, more than 1.2 million troops were hardened for battle in the deserts of California and Arizona.

Located just to the north are the archaeological remnants of the evacuation hospital camp site. The 36th Evacuation Hospital was stationed here for training from May to December 1943. Evacuation hospitals were 400 bed facilities that provided care to sick and wounded soldiers under combat conditions. The 36th was located at this site until it participated in IX Corps maneuvers, whereupon it moved by Camp Dunlap, near Niland. During this time it maintained a 100-bed base hospital here while the rest of the unit was deployed
36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 13, 2011
2. 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker
elsewhere. At the end of maneuvers, the entire hospital was relocated to this original site. The 36th Evacuation Hospital served in the Pacific Theater of Operations where it took part in the New Guinea, Luzon and Leyte Campaigns and the occupation of Japan and was stationed in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969.

This monument is dedicated to the men and women who served in this unit by the Billy Holcomb Chapter of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus and the Bureau of Land Management.

May 2nd 2009
Re-Erected April 19th 2014/6019

 
Erected 2014 by Billy Holcomb Chapter No. 1069 of the Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus and the Bureau of Land Management. (Marker Number 149.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Desert Training Center, and the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
 
Location. 33° 42.248′ N, 115° 27.074′ W. Marker is in Chuckwalla, California, in Riverside County. Marker is on Ragsdale Road east of Eagle Mountain Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Desert Center CA 92239, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 19 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eagle Mountain Iron (approx. 2.9
36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker with Re-Erection Crew image. Click for full size.
By "Turbo" Dave Hicks, April 18, 2014
3. 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker with Re-Erection Crew
Eric Nielsen, Neal Samson, Rick Gavigan, Tim Nunn, Dennis Parker, Bill Pearson, and Dave Hicks (not shown) were responsible for restoring this monument.
miles away); Corn Springs (approx. 9.1 miles away); Gus Lederer 1868-1932 (approx. 9.2 miles away); Coxcomb Divisional Camp (approx. 18.3 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
More about this marker. Here is the finished project on Friday 18 April 2014 at Eagle Mountain Rd. Erection team was Bill Pearson, Dennis Parker, Eric Nielsen, Tim Nunn, Rick Gavigan, Neal Samson and Dave Hicks.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bureau of Land Management Newsletter Noting the Installation. (Submitted on December 25, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
2. Desert Training Center Sky Trail Web Page. A very interesting idea. The scale of the Desert Training Center lends itself to a Sky Trail. (Submitted on December 25, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
 
Categories. Notable PlacesScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker image. Click for full size.
By "Turbo" Dave Hicks, April 18, 2014
4. 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Marker
36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Missing Marker Base image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, December 5, 2013
5. 36th Evacuation Hospital (SM) Missing Marker Base
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 1,136 times since then and 78 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   5. submitted on , by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 16, 2016.
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