WWII-Services/New Guinea.
Ink drawing of an open front building with a flag on top, labeled, "Dispensary." Non-descriptive people inside, two outside and the hood of a jeep in the left foreground.
Verso: "Thursday - 21 Dec 44. This is the dispensary to which I went to have that charley horse taken care of. It is the dispensary at the negro outfit near us and and since its the nearest one to the clerk's school we go there. The doctor is white and all the enlisted men are colored. The bulletin beside the entrance is a pin up board covered with negress pinup girls. The round bunches on the tree in the left part of the picture are betel nuts (so I am told) and are chewed by the natives. They are said to be mildly intoxicant and discolor the teeth of the chewer, staining them red & giving them a perpetual 'pink tooth brush' appearance."
Maurice explained when you went to dispensary you went there because you weren't feeling well enough to work. The guys in charge of the unit would think that you were all goofing off if you took time to go to the dispensary. So if you didn't get sent to the hospital, they would put you to work cleaning M1 Garand rifles left over from WWI with gasoline so would be sure to be sick.


Alfred. P. Maurice




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Lae (Papua New Guinea)


Alfred. P. Maurice, “Dispensary,” Omeka @ WOU, accessed May 27, 2023, https://omeka.wou.edu/document/996.