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Valley Anti-aircraft observe anniversary
Alternative Title
Valley Times Photo Collection
Chase, Harry
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Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Authorized by War Department General Order 48 on August 24, 1943, Van Nuys General Hospital opened in early 1944 to serve as both a general and debarkation hospital. It was soon renamed in honor of Brigadier General Henry Patrick Birmingham (1854-1932), Medical Corps, U.S. Army. Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital operated until 1950 and was acquired by Los Angeles City Schools a year or two later for the token price of $1.00. In 1953, Birmingham High School opened as a 7-12 grade school. Part of the high school campus was used as an air defense missile battalion headquarters from April 1956 to November 1968.
Photograph caption dated July 26, 1954 reads, "Grace before meal - Battalion Chaplain Capt. Lowell Haggard, says grace in big mess hall before supper. At left of chaplain are seated Jim Moran, executive secretary of Van Nuys Chamber of Commerce, and Mrs. Robert Brouillette, wife of Reseda Chamber of Commerce president, who also attended."; See image #00139097 for additional photo in this series.
1 photographic print :b&w ;21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Valley Times Collection
United States.--Army
United States.--Army.--AAA Missile Battalion, 551st
Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Guided missile bases--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles)
Eating & drinking--California--Los Angeles
Antiaircraft missiles--United States
Military weapons--United States
Military readiness
Women--California--Los Angeles
Men--California--Los Angeles
Soldiers--United States
Air weapons
Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Valley Times Collection photographs
Portrait photographs
Group portraits
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