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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the following record series that include or may include information about the convalescent hospital at Camp Upton. For more information about the records listed below, email the reference unit listed in the Catalog description:
- Records Concerning Posts, Camps, and Stations, 1945 - 1954, documenting 1905 - 1954 in Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338)
- Unit Annual Reports, 1940 - 1949 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112) that includes Convalescent Hospital, Camp Upton, NY
- Central Decimal Correspondence Files, 1940 - 1945 in Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407)
- Motion Picture Newsreel Films, 10/1941 - 3/1957 in the Paramount Pictures, Inc., Collection (Collection PARA) that includes PARAMOUNT NEWS [DEC. 19]
- Photographs of U.S. Army and Navy Hospitals, 1934 - 1954 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- Plans of Military Hospitals and Medical Facilities, 1894 - 1951 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- General Correspondence, 1917 - 1946 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- Medical Statistics Reporting Files, 1918 - 1976 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- Medical Statistics Summary Files, 1941 - 1970 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- Photographs of Esther Williams Demonstrating Medical Reconditioning Exercises, 1945 - 1945 in the Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army) (Record Group 112)
- Subject Files, 10/30/1941 - 1954 in the Records of Headquarters U.S. Air Force (Air Staff) (Record Group 341) that includes Psychological Convalescent Hospitals, 1945: Camp
In regards to how long they stayed there and what their recovery was like, it likely depended greatly on their physical and psychological condition when they entered the hospital. The statistics reporting files listed above might contain some information. Also, we located Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970 - ca. 1970, documenting 1942 - 1954 in Record Group 112 provides admission and discharge dates for many patients of Army Hospitals. For more information about accessing these records, contact National Archives at College Park - Electronic Records (RDE) via email at email@example.com
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We also searched online and located the following resources that provide information about Camp Upton and/or World War II U.S. Army medicine.
In addition, we searched the Library of Congress’s Veteran’s History Project for “Camp Upton” and located 113 results.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Thank you so much for all your help!