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110th Sanitary Train, camped in Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma

110th Sanitary Train, camped in Wichita Mountains, Oklahoma
Date: February 07, 1918
This panoramic photograph shows the 110th Sanitary Train, 35th Division, camped in the Wichita Mountains in southwestern Oklahoma. It shows soldiers, wagons and tents, with the mountains in the background. The 110th Sanitary Train had a field hospital and a field ambulance section. The 35th Infantry Division was formed, initially, with Kansas and Missouri National Guard units in response to the need for soldiers in World War I.


Continuing Education Conferences at Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas

Continuing Education Conferences at Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1983
Menninger sponsored many Continuing Education Conferences for various professions. These two photographs show scenes from two of them.


Mary Ann Bickerdyke

Mary Ann Bickerdyke
Date: Unknown
A portrait of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, 1817-1901, who was a nurse and then hospital administrator for Union soldiers during the Civil War. She retired to Bunker Hill, Kansas in 1886 with a special pension granted to her by Congress in recognition of her service.


United States Army nurses during World War II

United States Army nurses during World War II
Date: November 20, 1944
A photo of United States Army nurses at an evacuation hospital between Capua and Venafro, Italy. The photograph was taken during World War II. The nurse on the far right is Lt. Ruth Lee from White City, Kansas.


Walter T. McKinney, World War I soldier

Walter T. McKinney, World War I soldier
Date: 1918-1919
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Walter T. McKinney from Englewood, Kansas. He was a member of the 247th Company, Field Hospital, 12th Sanitary Train. Walter died of pneumonia on October 6, 1918, at Camp Devens, Massachusetts.


William Thomas West's Korean War photograph album

William Thomas West's Korean War photograph album
Creator: West, William Thomas
Date: April 1952-April 1953
This is an album containing photographs of the Korean War. William Thomas West, the photographer, was a surgeon in the 3rd Infantry Division, 9th Field Artillery, possibly Battery B, and he served in the furthest surgical unit north of the 38th parallel. The album contains photographs of Seoul, Taegu, a mash hospital, USO, the aid station where West was a surgeon, and members of his unit. He received a commendation ribbon with a medal pendant for his service. West graduated from the University of Kansas Medical School in 1949 and while a resident, he was drafted into the Army. After the war, he finished his residency in obstetrics and gynecology and later was a physician at the Wichita Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. His father Dr. Ray West was one of 10 founders of the Wichita Clinic, a group of physicians which combined their talents, experience, and education into an innovative multi-specialty group practice. On December 9, 2010, Wichita Clinic became part of Via Christi Health.


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