|Whit Criswell Bryan standing in front of the Mobile Naval Hospital|
Number 2 in 1942.
My father, Whit Criswell Bryan was assigned to the U.S. Naval Mobile Hospital No. 2 on December 1, 1941.
The hospital, which had arrived at Pearl Harbor in crates on November 26, 1941, was assembled by medial staff in sugar cane fields overlooking the harbor. Much of it was still in crates when the attack occurred on December 7.
Dad told me that only the sleeping quarters for those assigned to the mobile hospital had been completed and that while patients slept in the quarters, corpsmen and other personnel slept in trenches.
Last witnesses | Memories of Pearl Harbor attack. (n.d.). HamptonRoads.com: Entertainment and Guides for Hampton Roads, Va.. Retrieved December 6, 2013, from http://hamptonroads.com/2011/11/last-witnesses-memories-pearl-harbor-attack
Pearl Harbor Navy Medical Activities. (n.d.). Pearl Harbor Navy Medical Activities. Retrieved December 6, 2013, from http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq66-5.htm
Photographs and newspaper clippings from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.