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106th Medical Battalion
« on: February 18, 2016, 05:45:27 PM »
106th Medical Battalion was attached to the 31st Infantry Division in World War Two.

The lineage of the 106th Medical Battalion could be traced to Louisiana National Guard Field Hospital Number 1, prior to the First World War. In the 1920s it was known as the 116th Hospital Company, which was very active in the Guard's response to The Great Flood of 1927.

Expanded to a regiment prior to World War II, the unit was reorganized into a Battalion in 1942. As part of the 31st infantry Division, the 106th trained on several bases in the U.S., including the Louisiana Maneuvers. They arrived in Oro Bay, New Guinea in 1944. Company A first went into battle at Aitape, halting an advance by the Japanese Army. The remainder of the battalion joined the 31st Division at Wakde-Sarmi, functioning as a battle hospital. Following the landing at Morotai island, the 106th was the only hospital operating in the operation.

 After this, they went into the Mindanao Campaign to liberate the Philippines. The fighting here was so intense, the average hospital census ran at 500-700 patients per day.

 The unit was held in high regard. A higher percentage of medics received awards for heroism and gallantry in action than any other branch of service within the division.

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