The 16th Veterinary Evacuation Hospital

Here’s a picture of S/Sgt. Reynald Genazzi of Petaluma, California from the May 5, 1944 edition of Yank Down Under.

Genazzi

Genazzi was assigned to the 16th Veterinary Evacuation Hospital on New Guinea.  The 16th was made up of of ex-ranchers, farmers, horse trainers, smithies, and, of course, trained veterinarians.  They used to take care of the horses of the 1st Cavalry during the Louisiana maneuvers, but in New Guinea they are took care of sick Mules.

Units such as the 16th Veterinary Evacuation Hospital don’t get much mention in the history books and so I thought you should know that these folks were around some 60 years ago.

Yank Down Under was the Southwest Pacific Edition of Yank Magazine published by the U.S. Army Information and Education Service.

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