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62nd General Hospital History

Identifier: MS-3225

  • Staff Only

This collection is as much a history of the 62nd General Hospital as it is the story of Thomas Bond and Jessie Smith. Bond and Smith met while students at the University of Tennessee Junior College in Martin, Tennessee. After World War II was declared, Smith and Bond enrolled at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where both joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps. They were called to active duty in April of 1943 and sent to train at Camp Grant, Illinois. It was here that they received their assignment with the 62nd General Hospital.

The 62nd General Hospital began its tour in Europe stationed in England. Their time in-country began at a training program in Abergele, North Wales. They were later stationed at the hospital at Ullenwood, Gloucestershire, England. Following the invasion of Normandy on 1944 June 6, the 62nd General Hospital was moved into former German hospitals surrounding Paris, France. From September 1944 to June 1945 the hospital treated an estimated 36,000 casualties.


  • circa 1994

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This collection houses a manuscript describing the history of the 62nd General Hospital and the lives of two soldiers, Jessie Smith and Thomas Bond, who served with the unit. This hospital company served in the European Theater of Operations in World War II from 1943 June 25 to 1945 August 1.

Biographical/Historical Note

Vic Pantano served as a Surgical Technician and Ward Master in World War II. He achieved the rank of T/5 and served with the 62nd General Hospital.


This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections on 2007 November 9.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA