Letter: “ Then followed the intense bombardment of Liege with V-1 flying bombs. Many medical officers and soldiers were killed and wounded in these attacks. The conduct of the personnel of the 25th General hospital was most exemplary and their service during these trying times was of the highest order.” —Major General Paul R. Hawley, Surgeon General of the European Theater of Operations, from an account that appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer on June 3, 1945 Photo Left: Liege, November 29, 1944. “We were stationed in an old school house and enlisted men in the buildings with windows blown out. Ours were also.” —Memoirs of Barbara Ashbaugh; Photo Right: The five-building complex in Tongres that housed the 25th after February  1945. In January 1945, the 25th was attached to the 818th Hospital Center in Liege and remained so until its departure from Europe. The five-building complex in Tongres that housed the 25th after February 1945. In January 1945, the 25th was attached to the 818th Hospital Center in Liege and remained so until its departure from Europe. Liege, November 29, 1944. “We were stationed in an old school house and enlisted men in the buildings with windows blown out. Ours were also.” —Memoirs of Barbara Ashbaugh

LIEGE, MORLANWELZ AND TONGRES

On November 29, 1944, the 25th completed its move to a more permanent location in Liege, Belgium. During this time Liege was under intense attack from the German counteroffensive. As many as 140 V-1 “buzz” bombs fell on the city during the course of a day.

Because the initial site chosen in Liege was not available, a suitable location was found in Tongres, 12 miles northwest of Liege. The five-building barracks complex, built in 1939, occupied and then largely destroyed by the Germans when they retreated, required extensive reconstruction. For a month, mid-January to mid-February 1945, the 25th bivouacked in nearby Morlanwelz, at an unoccupied girl’s school.

The personnel of the 25th moved into their Tongres quarters on February 19, and by March 3 the first wing of the hospital was opened. The entire 1,250 bed hospital was operational by March 25.

Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge commenced just weeks after the 25th arrived in Liege. Located just miles from the front, Liege and Tongres were destinations for the wounded who could travel but required more care than could be provided on the front. While the 25th’s own hospital facility was not operational during the Battle of the Bulge, members of the unit served bravely on detached service with evacuation hospitals and other general hospitals.

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The 25th's Movements Timeline