Remembering Rush’s Wartime Heroes

By Nathalie Wheaton

Employees from Presbyterian Hospital — Rush’s predecessor — volunteered to staff the Army’s General Hospital Unit 13 during World War II in New Guinea. Unit 13 included about 20 doctors, almost 100 nurses and 350 enlisted men (including plumbers, barbers and carpenters).

Throughout its 175-year history, the men and women of Rush University Medical Center have shown courage abroad in the face of danger. Many have saved the lives of servicemen and civilians and helped others heal.

The Rush Archives safeguards the stories of many of Rush’s heroes in its collections.

To learn more about our staff’s service during World War I, World War II or other wars, please contact the Rush Archives at

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