North Carolina-Walter Reed-December 6


North Carolina People, Places, and Things-December 6

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Yesterday my post was about a hospital named C.J. Harris. One of the country’s most famous hospitals is Walter Reed Medical Center. The Main Section of Walter Reed Army Medical Center is located in an attractive Washington D.C. residential area. All patient care activities, as well as most WRAMC administrative services, are located on the Main Post. The WRAMC annex, Forest Glen, is located three miles north of the Center’s Main Section, in nearby Montgomery County, MD.

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The hospital gets its name from an Army Officer named Walter Reed who helped defeat one of the great enemies of the time: yellow fever.

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On November 23, 1902, Walter Reed, head of U.S. Yellow Fever Commission in Cuba, died.  During his time in Cuba, Reed conclusively demonstrated that mosquitoes transmitted the deadly disease. Reed called Hertford County home for much of his life before medical school.

The youngest of five children, Reed was born on September 13, 1851, in Gloucester County, Virginia. His father, a pastor, moved frequently to minister to different parishes, including some in North Carolina. During much of his youth while his dad was on different preaching tours he stayed with his mother’s family in Murfreesboro, NC.

 

 

 

 

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