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Near Cambridge in Guernsey County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp

 
 
Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker, side one image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
1. Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker, side one
Inscription.  During the Second World War, the U.S. Army constructed a 131-building hospital on level farmland a quarter mile northwest of this marker. The army built the facility as a 1,520-bed hospital in the winter and spring of 1942-43. It was later expanded to 168 buildings with a 2,000- bed capacity, including a German POW camp for 234 prisoners engaged in hospital work. Between June 1943 and March 1946, when the facility closed, 17,608 veterans were treated here, most having returned with injuries received in the European or Pacific theaters of war. Convalescence and rehabilitation were the hospital's primary missions. Most patients returned to active duty when they recovered. After the war, the facility became the Cambridge State Hospital, which treated mentally ill and developmentally disabled Ohioans until 2008. Thereafter, the facility became the privately-operated Cambridge Behavioral Hospital and the state-operated Cambridge Developmental Center.
 
Erected 2018 by Guernsey County Historical Society and The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 7-30.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is
Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker, side two image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
2. Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker, side two
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listed in these topic lists: Science & MedicineWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1946.
 
Location. 40° 4.052′ N, 81° 34.861′ W. Marker is near Cambridge, Ohio, in Guernsey County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Twenty-One Road (County Route 35) and Toland Drive and Eckleberry Road (County Route 633), on the left when traveling north on Old Twenty-One Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66715 Old Twenty One Rd, Cambridge OH 43725, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Coach House Manor (approx. 2.6 miles away); Guernsey County Vietnam Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); The Scottish Rite in Ohio (approx. 3 miles away); Robert T. Secrest (approx. 3 miles away); Guernsey Civil War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Dr. Charles E. Jefferson (approx. 3 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Guernsey County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cambridge.
 
More about this marker. Marker is at Fletcher Memorial Park, which is open to the public. The present facility is beyond the park to the west.
 
Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker at Fletcher Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 9, 2021
3. Fletcher General Hospital & WWII POW Camp Marker at Fletcher Memorial Park
The Hospital as it Once Appeared image. Click for full size.
Close up of photo reproduced on marker
4. The Hospital as it Once Appeared
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 14, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 14, 2021, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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