268TH STATION HOSPITAL
CAMP COLUMBIA,
WACOL, BRISBANE
IN AUSTRALIA DURING WWII

 

The 268th Station Hospital, an all African American 150-bed hospital, was activated at Fort Huachuca, Arizona on 1 March 1943. The unit embarked for the Southwest Pacific Area on 15 October 1943 on the SS Monterey without a convoy arriving in Sydney, New South Wales eighteen days later in November 1943. They relocated to Brisbane and established their hospital facilities at Camp Columbia at Wacol on the southern outskirts of Brisbane in south east Queensland whilst they waited for their hospital was being constructed at Milne Bay in New Guinea.

The nurses of the 268th Station Hospital worked closely with Australian Sister Elizabeth Kenney who had developed a nursing procedure for polio. Their hospital in Milne Bay was finished in April 1944 and they left Brisbane on a hospital ship.

 


Photo:- NARA 111-SC-370740

A contingent of 15 nurses arrived in the SWPA, received their
first batch of home mail at 268th Station Hospital, Camp Columbia
on 29 November 1943. Three of the nurses are Lts.
Prudence  L. Burns, Inez Holmes, and Birdie E. Brown.

 

REFERENCES

"The Medical Department: Hospitalization and Evacuation, Zone of Interior" by Clarence McKittrick Smith

Interview with Prudence L. Burrell (nee Burns)

 

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