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Valley Anti-aircraft observe anniversary
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Valley Times Photo Collection
Chase, Harry
Made accessible through a grant from the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation and Photo Friends
This project was supported in whole or in part 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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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, "Pass in review! - Col. Arthur Vickers, executive officer of 47th Brigade, salutes the colors at parade of men of 551st Anti-aircraft Battalion headquartered at Birmingham Hospital grounds in Van Nuys. Parade was commemorating second anniversary of battalion since reactivation in 1952. Battalion is now being changed to a guided missile unit, with construction underway for magazines and launching sites for Nike missiles in Sepulveda flood control basin."; See image #00139098 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)
Saluting--California--Los Angeles
Parades--California--Los Angeles
Antiaircraft missiles--United States
Military weapons--United States
Military readiness
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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