Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Hospital care was one of the integral missions of the newly created U. S. Army Air Base on land donated by the City of Myrtle Beach. As the base was built at the outset of World War II, the hospital was located about one mile east of here in an area referred to colloquially as Splinter City (hastily built of all wood construction). The hospital provided the basic medical needs for the rapidly growing base military population. The population swelled temporarily from time to time as fighter aircraft units came in for short, intense training periods to hone the bombing and gunnery skills of the young pilots. As part of their medical responsibilities, the hospital also gave medical care to the German prisoners of war who were housed nearby.
The hospital supported the medical needs of the many bomber and transport aircrews that used the base for rest and refueling on stopover before taking their aircraft on the long overwater flights to the European Theater of war.
The U.S. Army Air Base closed after World War II and most of the Splinter City buildings, including the hospital, were subsequently demolished.
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The Flight Surgeons supporting the three Tactical Fighter Wings at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base maintained offices in building 114 at this location.
In addition to their normal medical specialties, Flight Surgeons also specialized in Aerospace Medicine. They carried the aeronautical rating of Flight Surgeon and were awarded wings denoting their flight status as Flight Surgeons.
The Flight Surgeon played an important role in helping to maintain the health, well-being and combat readiness of flying personnel. Flight Surgeons flew frequently with their fighter units and were particularly attuned to the flying stresses of "G" forces and the potential for altitude sickness.
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This is the site of the 354th Med Group Hospital, building 114, a 25 bed, two-story facility built in 1958 on what was Farrow Boulevard and Alder Street. The hospital included a well-equipped emergency room, a combined medical/surgical and pediatric ward, a surgical suite with two operating rooms and a cardiac unit.
It provided medical care for military members, their families and others who were eligible. The hospital staff was composed of highly qualified professionals. General medicine, internal medicine, general surgery pediatrics, flight medicine, gynecology,
The hospital building is now part of Horry- Georgetown Technical College and serves as a major medical training facility, renamed the Dr. Robert E. Speir, Jr., Healthcare Education Center.
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The Nurses Quarters, building 115, was constructed in 1959 on Howard Boulevard. The Nurses Quarters provided housing for nurses assigned to duty at the Base hospital.
Location. 33° 39.693′ N, 78° 56.274′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Pampas Drive and Mallard Lake Drive, on the left when traveling west on Pampas Drive. Touch for map. Located in Market Common. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Woodland Park Base Housing (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Alva "George" Branch (within shouting distance of this marker); Chaplain (Major General) Charles C. Baldwin (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Charles M. Thrash (within shouting distance of this marker); Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Bowling Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Movie Theater (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Gerald R. Murray (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
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