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The Americans at Frenchay Hospital...

Charles W Ray

After graduating from college, Uncle Sam invited me to join the Army. After basic training and OCS I was sent to England to join the 298th Hospital as Assistant Detachment Commander; later becoming Detachment Commander.

I served with the unit in England, France & Belgium. When the 298th was sent to a staging area, I remained in Liege for two months, then was sent to Camp Kilmer, NJ, to be de-activated.

On returning to Washington, DC, I worked at Bolling Air Force Base PX until time to start Dental School at Georgetown University in September 1946. After graduating I practised General Dentistry in Washington, DC, until I retired in 1983.

Neva Coziahr Ray

One of the original RNs assigned to the 298th, 28 June 1942, I remained with the unit in England, France & Belgium, and until it was de-activated at Camp Kilmer, NJ, 5 October 1945. Since I had specialised in Operating Room Technique, I was assigned to the Operating Room as Assistant Supervisor, later becoming Supervisor.

On 1 September 1946, Charlie and I were married in Joliet, Il, and moved to Washington. Later we moved to Bethesda, Md.

While Charlie was at school and later, I worked at Columbia Hospital for Women, as Billing Clerk for five anaesthesiologists, and National Institute of Health. We moved to Marion, Il, in 1986.


Charlie enjoys fishing with his brother-in-law, gardening, reading and of course keeps the lawn trimmed.

Neva works in the garden, is active in the Marion Garden Club, and volunteers one day a week at the Marion VA Hospital. Also enjoys meeting with several former 298'ers every two years.

The above photographs and text were included in a type-written booklet entitled "Frenchay Revisited 1942-1992"; and produced in 1992 by Lois White Monroe, American Red Cross, 298th General Hospital.