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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. An unidentified man can be seen standing next to a gurney that sits adjacent to a large machine. It is possible this is a type of x-ray machine. Photograph dated July 6, 1950.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00111199 ValleyÂ Times Collection HCNVT_d010_f35_i10 CARL0005254373 http://18.104.22.168/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/45705
Birmingham Veterans Administration Hospital (Los Angeles, Calif.) Veterans' hospitals--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles) Hospitals--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles) Men--California--Los Angeles Interiors--California--Van Nuys (Los Angeles) Van Nuys (Los Angeles, Calif.) Valley Times Collection photographs