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Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unit

(September 1939 - July 1942)

The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unity Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, January 2, 2009
1. The American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unity Marker
Inscription. This plaque acknowledges the public spirit of Harvard University and the dedication of the staff of the American Red Cross - Harvard Field Hospital Unit, who provided and staffed a pre-fabricated hospital sent to Salisbury, England, in the summer of 1941 to deal with the potential outbreak of communicable diseases.

In particular, homage is paid to the following - ‘Reported missing and presumed lost’ on the voyage to Britain:
Ruth Breckenridge - Housemother
Nancie M. Prett, R.N.
Phylis L. Evans, R.N.
Maxine Loomis, R.N.
Dorothea L. Koehn, R.N.
Dorothy C. Morse, R.N.

In July 1942 the hospital was transferred to the United States Army. Following the war, the facility reverted to the British Ministry of Health and was the site of the Common Cold Research Unit. It finally closed in 1990.
Erected by American Red Cross.
Location. 38° 53.684′ N, 77° 2.447′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from 17th Street, NW 0 miles from D Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is accessible to pedestians on the grounds behind the headquarters building of the American Red Cross, in center of the block between D, E, 17th and 18th Streets, NW. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2025 E Street NW, Washington DC 20006, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Headquarters, American Red Cross (within shouting distance of this marker); Constitution Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); NSDAR Founders Memorial (about 400 feet away); Memorial Continental Hall (about 400 feet away); Gen. John A. Rawlins Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Octagon (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Octagon (about 600 feet away); Peace at Last! (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Additional comments.
1. Search for information on Dorothy C. Morse
I've been searching for years about my aunt, Dorothy C. Morse, R.N, lost at sea in 1941. This is the first time I've found any data, so I'd like to thank you for posting it. There is a portrait of her in Boston somewhere, so my mom told me before she passed, but I've never found it. It was hung I believe in the old Boston Floating Hospital, but I've researched endlessly at all hospital archives and the Boston Public Library and come up with nothing. Can you help?

Editor's Note: Thank you for your note. We regret we can't offer more information, but perhaps a visitor to this site may be able to assist.
    — Submitted June 2, 2010, by Margaret Cahill of Reading, Massachusetts.

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