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Crile General Hospital
Crile General Hospital
Crile General Hospital.
Staff, Thanksgiving '44 (55K) | Patients, Xmas '44 (82K) | Staff, Easter '46 (52K) | Crile Staff Photo, 1944-45 (42K)

Crile General Hospital

Crile General Hospital was one of 60 hospitals in the "zone of the interior" (stateside) during WW II. Named after General George Washington Crile (1864-1943) the hospital was designed as a "temporary" facility, but remained in nearly continuous service for 30 years: army hospital 1944-46; VA hospital 1946-64, and as the Western Campus of Cuyahoga Community College 1966-75.

Nearly 20,000 patients were treated from WWII and Korea at Crile. The hospital also held 300 German prisoners of war and a few Italian prisoners during WW II.  In 1956 Crile supported a Nike missile installation, one of several in the Cleveland area.

In 1975 the Crile barracks were razed and a modern campus appeared on the site that had been a healing ground.  The Western Campus currently enrolls over 12,000 students fulfilling the legacy of Crile, on our journey from healing to learning.

Veterans of three wars
Veterans of the Spanish American War, WW I, and WW II at Crile Hospital (c. 1953).
L-R: Jacob Barrick, Lawrence Reynolds, Rollin Hudson.

 


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