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Nurses and doctors from the 108th medical unit form an “L” for Loyola, 1942. BLAST FROM THE PAST


Loyola during the War: the 108th General Hospital


The 108th General Hospital, a medical unit that served in England and France during World War II, included 55 physi- cians and 99 nurses, many of whom were Loyola graduates and faculty members. Originally established during World War I, the 108th General Hospital was deactivated until Feb- ruary 1942, when it was reestablished. During the unit’s trip to England in 1943, their ship,


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the HMS Mauritania, was for a time encircled by German submarines. The US Army had encouraged the formation of hospital units at academic medical centers, believing that physicians and nurses who had worked together in civilian roles would function efficiently in field hospitals under bat- tle conditions. By the fall of 1943, an estimated 80 percent of Loyola’s student body was also serving in the war.


Loyola nurses in Paris circa 1944


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