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Title
DeWitt General Hospital: Audio Recording - Colonel William H. Smith, 1944-1945
Creator
American Red Cross
Smith, William H. (Colonel)
Date Created and/or Issued
1944/1945
Contributing Institution
Placer County Museums Division
Collection
California Revealed from Placer County Museums Division
Rights Information
Public Domain. No restrictions on use.
Description
2019.11.2: DeWitt General Hospital Commanding Officer, Colonel William H. Smith. Both sides of this disc include messages from Colonel William H. Smith who was the Commanding Officer at the DeWitt General Hospital. Disc, Phonograph: (1944-1945) Direct-cut lacquer "Recordiogram" disc containing a personal message recorded using a facility provided by the American Red Cross at the DeWitt General Hospital during World War II. The sprawling DeWitt General (Army) Hospital complex sits on over 220 acres in Auburn, California. It was one of sixteen "Type A Pavilion Style" military hospitals constructed in the United States during World War II and is where 9,741 wounded military personnel were treated between 1944-1945. Today, this site is the Placer County Government Center. It is home to the DeWitt History Museum and is listed on National Register of Historic Places. The American Red Cross was instrumental at the DeWitt General Hospital during World War II for supporting the morale and well-being of troops recovering at this facility. The opportunity to record a personal message onto a disc which could then be mailed or shared with military service personnel is one example of the morale-boosting efforts by the American Red Cross at the DeWitt General Hospital.
Type
sound
Format
Original
Mono
Lacquer disc: Cardboard
Form/Genre
Sound recordings
Live sound recordings
Extent
1 Disc of 1
00:03:47
Identifier
2019.11.2
caaupmd_000002
Language
English
Subject
United States. Army--History--World War, 1939-1945
United States. Army--History
World War, 1939-1945
Hospitals
United States. Army
Place
DeWitt General Hospital (Auburn, Calif.)
Provenance
Placer County Museums Division
California Revealed is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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