The Scrapbook of an American Army Nurse in WWI: Part Three

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Part I of this series provided us with some personal background of Nurse Edith MacDonald, as well as a basic history of Base Hospital 115 in Vichy, France, where she was assigned.   Part II introduced us to several of Miss MacDonald‘s patients and fellow nurses.  Now, in Part III, we step back for a wider perspective, with photographs of several officers of BH 115 and a few scenes of its internal operations. 

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Regarding Chief Nurse Mary Sheehan of B.H. 115, (4th photo below) Nancy Porter of the Tully Area Historical Society (Tully, NY), offers the following information: 

Mary Sheehan, the chief nurse of BH 115, & her family moved to Tully, NY as a teen. As a nurse myself, I take great pride in her accomplishments & admire the courage it must have taken to lead & direct the nurses of her hospital in wartime. In 1923, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Gen. Douglas McArthur saying that ‘by her tact, good judgement, energy and personal devotions to duty [she] contributed largely to the successful care and well-being of eleven thousand sick and wounded.‘ After her death in 1936 at Walter Reed Hospital, she was brought home to us & laid to rest next to her family.” 

 

The nurses of Base Hospital 115, in New York City, July 15, 1918,
the day before sailing for France

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The Ruhl Hotel in Vichy, France– home of Base Hospital 115

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Lt. Alexander, Capt Huver, Lt. Sullivan, Lt. Bailey
Capt. Perring, Capt. Landon, Lt. Stewart

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Chief Nurses Miss Sheehan (B.H. 115), Miss Heel (B.H. 19), Miss Bambre (B.H. 19)

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Captain Cameron Currie & Mrs. Belmont Tiffany

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Fracture Ward, Base Hospital 115, 1918
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Eye Clinic, Base Hospital 115
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Mess Hall, Base Hospital 115, 1918
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  1. This is by far the most informative & brilliant websites on the web when it comes to WWI. Mary Sheehan, the chief nurse of BH 115, & her family moved to Tully, NY as a teen. As a nurse myself, I take great pride in her accomplishments & admire the courage it must have taken to lead & direct the nurses of her hospital in wartime. In 1923, she was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Gen. Douglas McArthur saying that “by her tact, good judgement, energy and personal devotions to duty [she] contributed largely to the successful care and well-being of eleven thousand sick and wounded.” After her death in 1936 at Walter Reed Hospital, she was brought home to us & laid to rest next to her family. Thank you so much for the obvious hard work on this website. It is a feast for the eyes & contains so much information I could spend days on it. You have honored all those who served in this war.


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