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Huge WWII 172nd Station Hospital grouping

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I am excited to show my newest grouping which I picked up this week. It all pertains to the 172nd Station Hospital which was located at St Joseph's Nudgee Junior College in Indooroopilly, Brisbane Australia. The majority of items belonged to Dorothy A. Cope (Townley) who was a nurse in the hospital. After the war she organized reunions and was given photographs and documents from some of the people she served with. Two of the people who gave her items were Stasia F. Carr and Neewah Bob Turney (Armbrust). They were both serving with the Red Cross at the hospital. Neewah ended up meeting one of the cardiologist doctors at the hospital and fell in love. She married Charles Armbrust in 1946.

 

While doing research on these women I found Neewah's obituary online. Looking through Facebook I found a matching name for her granddaughter. I took a chance and messaged her with a picture of her grandparents holding each other in a studio portrait dated 1943. To my surprise it was her grandparents! I showed her pictures and newspaper articles about her grandparents and her dad will be calling me when he is able. I was very happy to be able to preserve these memories and touch the hearts of the families of those who served.

 

I thought this was a really amazing grouping because it focuses on the entire staff (nurses and doctors) of this hospital, not just one person. If anyone has information about the 172nd station hospital or about the doctors and nurses please feel free to contact me. I believe Dorothy Cope also was in New Guinea with the hospital but I need to do more research to finalize that.

 

This is Lt. Cope's uniform

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Neewah Turney and Charles Armbrust 1943. It's photo in the top right. The photo to the left is Neewah talking to wounded soldiers who are playing a game of solitaire.

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Also in this image are photos of the natives in New Guinea who helped carry wounded soldiers to the hospital and also find soldiers who were lost or wounded.

 

In addition there is a letter from the Red Cross giving Mrs. Carr authorization to wear the ARC ribbon for South West Pacific and a large ribbon for the Pacific Theatre.

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Here are some propaganda leaflets dropped by the Japanese. Dorothy Cope is the one who found these on the island. post-88080-0-80607400-1586704073.jpgpost-88080-0-13422400-1586704050.jpg

 

These are newspapers, photographs of some of the nurses and ARC women. Also a negative and photograph of the officers in charge of the 172nd Sta. Hospital. There is also a booklet from a rodeo that one of the officers organized.

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This is a photo of all the nurses and ARC members at the 172nd Sta. Hospital. Lt Cope traced the outlines of all the women on a piece of paper and numbered them with their names and addresses.

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These are photos of all the officers from the hospital and their names and ranks. Stasia Care made a collage of photos.

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I apologise for the images being small. If anyone wants larger images just let me know so I can post larger and more clear pictures.

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That's a wonderful grouping that preserves the memory and sacrifice a some truly great Americans. Thanks for serving as steward of their legacy and for sharing with us.

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Dan

Very nice grouping.Keep us posted on updates.


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The daughter-in-law of ARC member Neewah Bob Turney Armbrust just contacted me on Facebook. She is the geneaologist of the family. Unfortunately they are having phone issues at this time but we are communicating through email right now. I'm emailing her pictures of the items I have pertaining to Neewah and hopefully when I read over the documents and papers I might have more information about her in-laws. She is also going to share information about them for my future displays.

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Great work.


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GOD Bless Texas And All That Serve Her

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Awesome grouping! I work as a nurse so I always enjoy seeing these items!


Looking for any WWII 104th "Timberwolf" Division items.

Including items from the 413th, 414th, and 415th Infantry Regiments 104th Recon Troop, 329th Engineer Battalion, 329th Medical Battalion

385th, 386th, 387th, and 929th Field Artillery Battalions 804th Ordnance Company 104th Quartermaster Company 104th Signal Company

555th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 750th Tank Battalion 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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