Hell in the army camp hospital

Floyd E. West Sr. WW1

Floyd West was a medical tech at Camp Devens, 45 miles outside of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A. when the flu broke out. His responsibilities included caring for the hundreds of soldiers ill with the flu. He must have seen terrible things.

His grandson, Bill West, wrote ““Some soldiers in World War I saw hell on a battlefield. Others, such as my grandfather, saw another sort of hell in hospital wards full of comrades racked with the Spanish Influenza.”

To read more about Floyd and his experience during the flu epidemic, see Bill’s blog post.

–Story and photo contributed by Bill West


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