The type of construction used for the barracks at Camp MacKall and the above hospital is called a “theatre of operations.” Built on pilings and constructed of green sawed pine boards which is then covered with type 4 black tar paper. The wood was cut from trees on the camp property using 7 sawmills running 24/7. When the boards dried out, the 2 pot-bellied stoves were incapable of keeping the men warm. Smitty spent some time at that hospital when the army discovered he did not perspire. The medication took 3 weeks to kick…
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Thank you, Penny. He was a wonderful man!