Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne. Tec 5 Daniel J. Corcoran.
Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne
Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne
Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne
Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne

Photograph album documenting service on the World War II Hospital Ship, USAHS Louis A. Milne

USAHS Louis A. Milne and Hawaii: 1945. Album. This comb-bound album measures 12” x 9” and contains approximately 225 images and several additional pieces of ephemera. About 170 of the images are vernacular photographs; the remainder are a mix of postcards, professional photographs, and half-tone prints. Most of the snap-shots measure approximately 4.5” x 3.75”. All are mounted with photo-corners; the ephemera is laid-in. The cover of the faux-leather album features the seal of the Hawaiian Territory. Everything is in nice shape. Very good. Item #009226

The inside of the front cover features a postcard of the ship and names of all of its ports of call: Corregidor, Bataan, Manila, South Hampton, Cherbourg, Cuba, Azores, Panama, and Hawaii.

About 135 of the photographs show the ship and members of the crew, both ashore and afloat while traversing the Panama Canal and in port at Honolulu. Most are captioned and many of the crewmembers are identified. There are no photos of patients, wards, or treatment facilities.

The ephemera includes orders promoting Corcoran from Private First Class to Technician 5th Grade (the equivalent of a corporal), a liberty pass, a ration card, and a newspaper photo of the ship immediately before its commissioning.

In 1944, the Army purchased an inter-coastal merchant steamer, the S/S Lewis A. Luckenbach, and began converting the vessel into a 1,000 bed hospital ship, the largest hospital ship of its time. It was commissioned in March of 1945, and immediately began shuttling patients from hospitals in the European Theater to hospitals (primarily Stark General Hospital) in Charleston, South Carolina. In August of 1945 it was transferred to the Pacific and arrived in Pearl Harbor on 22 September where the ship underwent some minor repairs for nine days. As there were no patients on board, the crew was allowed to enjoy some down time and tour Honolulu and the surrounding area. This album documents those nine days.

Once the ship was repaired, it continued on to the Philippines and began to shuttle wounded from the Pacific Theater to hospitals in Honolulu, Oakland, San Pedro, and eventually Yokuska, Japan. The ship was decommissioned in August, 1946.

Very scarce. As of 2018, there are no similar photograph collections of the USAHS Milne or other World War II hospital ships for sale in the trade or (per OCLC) held by institutions. Rare Book Hub shows no auction records for similar items.

Price: $500.00