Looking for relatives of people who served with the 20th General Hospital in Assam, India during WWII.

My grandfather, John Gordon Mason, served with the 20th General Hospital.  Would love to exchange photos if anyone has some.

  • David,

    My father was with the 25th Field Hospital and arrived in the CBI theater around the time the Marauders were fighting around Myitkyina.  He was a surgical assistant and medic with the 25th.  Based on some photos and a couple of notes, I know that he also spent time in Ledo, Assam.  I will look through the photos and see if any are labeled from the Assam area.  i am having difficulty with his search, as is records were destroyed in the St. Louis fire.


  • Hi Scott,

    Thanks so much for your reply!  I would be very interested in seeing any photos you have from the Assam area.  I've dealt with the St. Louis fire issue for my dad, but my grandfather's records were spared. Plus my grandmother kept so much of his paperwork in duplicate. 

    But I'm always on the lookout for anything that may help me learn and understand where he was at and what it was like.  Thank you for your dad's service.  I am a veteran, too and he has my respect. 

    Looking forward to hearing from you again.  


  • Hi, Dave,

    My grandfather was Dr. I. S. Ravdin who ran the 20th General Hospital. Though you posted 5 years ago, if still interested, please contact me if you want more information, as well as an account of a dinner conversation between my dad and General Merrill at my grandparent's table about the war.

    Anne Ravdin Taylor

  • My uncle Dr. Adolph E. Schecter worked with your grandfather and Dr  Jonathan Rhoades at the University of Pennsylvania medical school  they were working on intervenors feeding. My uncle went with your grandfather to open the 20th General Hospital on May 15,1942 which was 2 days after I was born at the hospital of the U of P. Unfortunately my uncle died while coming back to Philadelphia aboard a hospital ship in March 1945.

    lI do have a lot of pictures that he took

    Barbara Schwartz Rosenthal

  • I am also interested in this - my mother was a nurse at the 20th General Hospital.  I was in India on my way to meet up with a guide that was familiar with the area when Covid hit and we had to leave India.  I have a few photos of her at the hospital complex, but not many and none with anyone else.

  • Hi David,

    My Uncle was a 1st Sergeant at the 20th General Hospital in Assam in 1945. Unfortunately he passed away a few months ago just missing his 99th birthday. My Aunt however is still doing well at 99.

    My uncle's name was Harry Herron.  My Aunt and Uncle published a Memories book for anyone in the family to read. More requests more copies made. I'm currently reading his potion of the book and I'm at the point in the book about his military service and experiences to,at and from the 20th General hospital. If intersted,I would be more than happy to scan these particular pages and send them to you....Take Care, Don Waterman

  • Hello Anne,

    My father, Clyde Barker, would like to get in touch with you about some photographs of your grandfather that he would like to include in a book he has written about the history of surgery at Penn. We would greatly appreciate your help!


    Elizabeth Barker