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Three Alumni Are Honored In Naming of
 Hospitals of U.S. Army


Victor C. Vaughan
The Michigan Alumnus 56

Three Alumni Are Honored In Naming of
 New General Hospitals of U.S. Army


Three Michigan alumni, all now
 dead, but whose lifetime brought 
them distinction in the field of medi
cine and honor and rank in their serv
ice in the uniform of the United States
 Army, have again been recognized by 
the War Department in the naming of
 three of the nine General Hospitals re
cently designated by the Department. 


Mayo General Hospital, located at
 Galesburg, Illinois, is named for Wil
liam James Mayo, '83m, A.M. (Hon.)
 '00, ScD. (Hon.) '08, one of the na
tion's best known surgeons of all time
 and Michigan alumnus who brought
 fame to his Alma Mater; Vaughan 
General Hospital at Hines, Illinois, 
 commemorates Victor Clarence Vaughan, '76, '78m, M.S. '75, LL.D. (Hon.) 
'00, best known to Michigan men as 
the Dean of the Medical School and 
the leader given major credit for 
building a brilliant School faculty; 
and Birmingham General Hospital, at
 San Fernando, California, is named
 for Henry Patrick Birmingham, '76m., A.M. (Hon.) '17, who brought high 
honors to himself and his University 
by his achievements and work in the
 Regular Army of the United States.


Each one of these men held high 
rank in the Medical Corps of the
 Army, their military careers com
bining to cover several wars and cam
paigns. The War Department has now
 put another stamp of approval on 
their careers in war and peace by thus
 honoring them in the naming of new 
hospitals.


Dr. Mayo was a member of the 
Medical Reserve Corps from 1912, when he was commissioned a First
 Lieutenant, until 1925, when he was 
transferred to the Auxiliary Reserve
 at his then rank, Brigadier General. 
 He was on active service as a Colonel 
in the Medical Corps during World 
War I. In 1918 he became Chief Con
sultant to the surgical services of the
 Medical Department, U. S. Army, and
 for this service he was awarded the 
Distinguished Service Medal. 


Dean Vaughan was also the recipient of the Distinguished Serv
ice Medal; winning it by virtue of his
 outstanding work when, as Colonel 
during World War I, he was
 placed in charge
 of the section of
 communicable
 diseases in the
 Office of the
 Surgeon General. Colonel
 Vaughan's work 
in the Army
 Medical Corps 
began, however, 
 in the Spanish-
American War
 when he was
 commissioned
 Major and Sur
geon in the 33rd 
Michigan Vol
unteer Infantry 
and took part in 
the Santiago campaign. He suffered
 a severe attack of yellow fever and his 
physician, Major William C. Gorgas, 
 did not expect him to survive. He did 
recover, however, and was promoted
 to Division Surgeon and recommended 
for a brevet. 


Five years after he was graduated
 from Michigan Dr. Birmingham was 
appointed an assistant surgeon of the
 Army and began a distinguished mili
tary career. His first tours of duty 
were in the Middle West where he par
ticipated in action against the Apaches
 with the 4th U. S. Cavalry, for which 
action he was recommended for "gal
lant and meritorious conduct." He
 served during the Spanish-American
 
War in Puerto Rico and in the Philip
pines afterwards. He rose rapidly on joining the Regular Army and became 
Colonel in 1911. During his Army
 career he had served as the Command
ing Officer at Walter Reed General 
Hospital; as Chief Surgeon of Expedi
tionary Forces at Vera Crux; and, dur
ing World War I, as officer in charge
 of the Ambulance Service of the Army 
and in charge of the Gas Defense Serv
ice of the Medical Department. His
 Brigadier General's star came to him
 in August of 1917. He retired from 
active service in 1918 and died at Wal
ter Reed Hospital May 4, 1932.