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C.B.I. Theater, Red Cross Worker, Frieda M.T. Peterson

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#1 kanemono

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 11:05 AM

Here is a grouping to Frieda M. T. Peterson who was born on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina on March 9, 1914. She was brought up in Charleston, South Carolina, and attended Newberry Business College in Newberry, South Carolina. In 1944 Peterson joined the American Red Cross and was assigned to the 181st General Hospital, Karachi, India where she was a Hospital Secretary. With the lowest priority of all the theaters of World War II, the China-Burma-India Theater throughout the period 1942-44, lacked sufficient Medical Departments to support the thousands of Chinese troops with the hospitalization and medical supplies they required. Besides supporting the U.S. Army Air Forces and ground troops in the area, the U.S. Army Medical Department was called on to train and support Chinese divisions for the struggle against the Japanese in Burma and China. The Army Medical Department in the theater had two major handicaps, the low priority of the theater for supplies and personnel, and the isolation of the China side of the theater from the India side by the Japanese invasion of Burma. Between 1942 and 1946 fifty-nine hospitals were created in the China-Burma-India Theater. These hospitals ranged from small MASH units to General Hospitals with over 1000 beds. Peterson was assigned to work as a secretary at the 181st General Hospital, Karachi, India which was one of the largest General Hospitals in the China-Burma-India Theater. Karachi was the transport hub of the region. On November 19, 1945 Peterson sailed on the S.S. General W.A. Greely from the port of Calcutta, India, via Colombo, Ceylon arriving at the Port of New York City, New York on December 5, 1945. Frieda Peterson married Robert Caldwell Jones on February 21, 1948, in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She was employed in the Agronomy Division of the Soil Conservation Service in South Carolina.


I had a very difficult time finding information on Frieda Peterson. All of the WW2 Red Cross records are in the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. The records are in stacks of boxes. Each box is indexed with the information inside the box. However, the indexes do not reflect what is in each box.  I had a researcher go through the boxes until he found Ms. Peterson. The information was, of course in the next to last box of thirty-six boxes. Ms. Peterson married Robert Caldwell Jones on February 21, 1948. Mr. Jones died in 1954. Frieda Peterson Jones must have re-married because I cannot find anything about her beyond 1954.


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#2 kanemono

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 11:06 AM


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#3 kanemono

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 11:12 AM

Here is a large bullion banner that was with the group. It is 17" X 18".

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#4 bbmilitaria

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 12:03 PM

Exceptional group. I have an ARC CBI patch that is similar. Congrats on a very nice find.

#5 doyler

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Posted 16 April 2016 - 12:17 PM


Great group.The bracelet with map is one I havent seen before.Thanks for posting.

#6 firefighter

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 07:08 AM

Beautiful grouping.

#7 eagle5036

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Posted 29 April 2016 - 03:03 PM

Very nice grouping for a woman in WWII CBI Theater!

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 05:41 PM

Another great grouping that I missed! How on earth did I miss a grouping about someone from SC AND the CBI !!! :D



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