|LaGarde General Hospital
Army Base, Lakefront, WWII
|Army's LaGarde Hospital on the lakefront, New Orleans, ca. 1943.
|Army base at the Lakefront - LaGarde General Hospital is in foreground.
[Thanks to Earl Doussan.]
From LaGarde Army Hospital's weekly newspaper, LaGarde Sentinel, November, 1946:
LaGarde Patients have Turkey Dinner as Day of Exodus Nears
LaGarde General Hospital's remaining patients ate turkey for the last time Thursday at the
lakefront army institution. By Wednesday, all of these men and women will have been moved,
preparatory to closure of the 1650-bed hospital by the government.
Even as the huge medical establishment was about to close its doors, there was need in the
city for hospital beds, since all of the city's private and public institutions are full.
Mass exodus of the remaining patients at LaGarde Hospital starts on Sunday, when 188 will be
transferred to the Kennedy General Hospital at Memphis, Tennessee, according to Lieutenant
Arthur R. Posner, public relations officer.
Miles of corridors on the 105-acre tract, developed as an army hospital in 1941, were almost
empty Thursday and base personnel was given a half-holiday in observance of Thanksgiving Day.
"The only official word we have received," Lieutenant Posner said, "is that all of our patients
are to be cleared out by November 28 - next Wednesday."
Furniture bought and paid for by the base officers will be auctioned off today at a public sale for
the officers, the public relations officer disclosed. These furnishings had been used in the base
officers' club, he said.