When the Emory Unit Went to War

In 1917, U.S. Army Surgeon General William Gorgas called for the recruitment of medical personnel during World War I, just after the United States entered the war. The local group of 24 officers, 65 nurses, and 154 enlisted personnel trained for several months before being deployed to Blois, France in 1918. They were called the Emory Unit due to the large number of personnel who came from Emory University. During World War II, the unit was again called into service, this time serving in Algeria and France.

Opening Reception June 13, 2014

Please join the WHSC Library on Friday, June 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm as we host an open house for the exhibit, “When Emory Went to War.”  The reception will also feature special guests whose relatives served in the unit and donated items for the exhibit.  

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Finding Aid: Emory Unit Collection

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Finding Aid: Walter Scott McCleskey Collection 

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