Courtesy of State Historical Society of Iowa, March 1951
Corporal Robert Tague of Fort Dodge and Sergeant John Brandenhorst of Oskaloosa posed in this photograph with hospital attendant F.E. Hodkinson of Des Moines at Naval Station Great Lakes' hospital in March 1951. Several Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals (MASH) units operated during the Korean War. These field hospitals stabilized casualties until they could be transported to general hospitals for further treatment and recovery. During the Korean War, medical advances such as kidney dialysis and blood vessel transplants were perfected and became more widely available.
- How would the location of Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) units close to the front impact injured soldiers?
- Not everyone in the military trains for combat jobs. What careers would the military recruit for in order to staff MASH units?