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Lt. Marjorie Honstead: Over There: Experiences in the US Army Nurse Corps in WWII

316th Station Hospital
Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
(August 20, 1944-June 14, 1945)

Cowglen Hospital staff

The 316th Station Hospital, Cowglen Hospital was a holding hospital for troops stationed around Glasgow, and those scheduled for aerial/ship evacuation to the Zone of the Interior.

Back Row: Bone, Honstead
First Row: Ocerkirk, Nordstrom, Major Kaarboe, Grove, Omvig, Case.


Nurses quarters
"Such gal darned weather as we’re having- we have to tie our beds down not to float away. It has rained a couple of million sheets in the last few days. Then yesterday, there was such a strong gale blowing that we could hardly keep our feet on the ground. And if that weren’t trouble enough, it hailed like all get out this morning. Covered the ground – white like snow."

Lt. Honstead’s Correspondence to her family in Topeka, KS- November 6, 1944



Nurses' Quarters
Cowglen Hospital
Glasgow, Scotland



Lt Honstead in Captain Christensen's office, Camp Stover, Newton Abbot, England

Lt. Honstead in Captain Christensen’s office at the 316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland.



RADIO TRANSCRIPT, 1944: Below is an excerpt of a transcript of radio interview of three Topeka-area nurses serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at the 316th Holding Hospital, Cowglen Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland: Captain Mildred L. Christensen, 2nd Lt. Nelle T. Pierce, and 2nd Lt. Marjorie L. Honstead. WIBW Topeka, Kansas. U.S. Army Radio Service.


Announcer: Where does your hospital fit into the general picture from the time a wounded soldier is returned from the continent, Lieutenant?

Honstead: Our hospital is the last in a chain of hospitals which the wounded soldiers visit after leaving the front lines. In other words, when he gets to us he is on his way home to convalesce.

Anncr: Just how do you send your patients back to the United States?

Honstead: At the 316th Station Hospital, we evacuate patients by two methods… air and sea. When we load a patient aboard a flying ambulance, he gets home in less than 18 hours. If he goes by sea, he travels in some of the finest luxury liners in the world.

Anncr: Will you tell us, Lieutenant. What an American Army Hospital looks like here in the communications zone?

Honstead: Well, our own hospital is leased from the British. The wards and other buildings are constructed of fireproof brick and are centrally heated. There are sun-rooms and lots of windows. Fresh linen, you know, every morning and the best food.

 

"We’ve seen some badly mangled bodies and heard some very gruesome tales. On the other hand, we’ve seen miracles in surgery, heard of narrow escapes where perhaps a dog-tag chain or a mess spoon saved the guy’s life; and they tell tales of many unsung heroes. I wouldn’t have missed this experience for all the rice in China."

Lt. Honstead’s Correspondence to her family in Topeka, KS - May 15, 1945





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