Dewing Young & John H. Sweet
In June of 2000 John Sweet spent
E-mail from John Stamos on 2-14-2002:
John, It is always a pleasure to hear from you and the progress
you are making regarding the history etc. of the 130th. In
response to your questions, Col. Ernest Parsons was an MD and was a
regular Army officer, your father took over the outfit in 1945 when
Parsons was promoted to Brig Gen and sent to Paris where he took over
what is called a hospital center. He was from McAlester,
asked about the relationship of the 312 to the 130th, well, I think
the army was slow in establishing medical units to handle psychiatric
cases. When the 312th arrived in England we were a regular medical -
surgical station hospital, but upon our arrival December 6th, 1943, I
believe it was, we realized that our unit was being set up as a
psychiatric hospital, we lost some medical staff and received some new
doctors who were psychiatrists and nurses who were trained to handle
psychiatric cases. In a sense we were bastardized and became an
entirely new medical unit. In the summer of 1944 it became apparent to
the Army that it needed more psychiatric units, so when the 130th
arrived from the states, they were taken apart and our people were put
into the 130th and most of their people went into the 312th and the
excess were scattered around the ETO, we got more psychiatrists and
nurses now that we were a general hospital. The 312th continued
to be operated as a psychiatric facility, and at the end of the war it
was sent to London and took on the function of being what is was
initially intended to be and that is a medical-surgical station
hospital, it served Army personnel and American civilians in London.
I donít know about the feasibility of having a reunion at this late date, we are all in our seventies some in the eighties, but I guess an effort can be made, It might very well happen.
By the way, Joe Ultimo just got back from Ciney, but the weather wasn't that good, and his hosts had some emergency matters regarding hospitalization, but he said he is going back this summer. He also visited Shurborough and the site of the old 312th.
I trust this answers your questions, if you have any more donít hesitate to ask. Note I am also sending copies of this letter to Bill Hastings and Jim Armour.
With warm regard.
PS will you put the matter sent by E-mail on the website?
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