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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
00139098 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d047_f23_i15 CARL0005688379 http://126.96.36.199/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/68288
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