Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area

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Valley Forge General Hospital

Please click here to view a page about the Pennsylvania historic marker ceremony for the Valley Forge General Hospital that occurred on On October 27, 2012.  That page contains a slide show of photos taken during the ceremony.

Please click to view a Brief History of the Valley Forge General Hospital.


Photo of June 1942 construction.  The facility had over 100 buildings.  There were tunnels between many of the buildings to facilitate all weather movement of patients between the buildings.

July 1942 construction

August 1942 construction

October 1942 construction

December 1942 construction

VFGH barracks construction

Wounded Soldiers brought to VFGH in 1943

Wounded Soldiers from North Africa and the Pacific brought to VFGH by train

General Omar Bradley visit during Korean War

Visit by Connie Mack

Aerial view of Valley Forge General Hospital early 1950s

Administration Building

MPs at VFGH in 1945

VFGH Crest

Administration Building late 1940s

Valley Forge General Hospital c. 1960

Bonanza visitors in 1964

Celebrity Visitors Justice Owen J. Roberts & Gene Kelly in 1943

Col. Beeuwkes with the Windsors who visited VFGH

Visit to VFGH by the Windsors



Chapel interior

Chapel fire in 1950s

Col. Henry Beeuwkes - First Commanding Officer

Community support

Military Honor ceremony in 1944

First Commanding Officer Col. Henry Beewkes

Flag raising

German POW Stockade

VFGH POW canteen scrip


Guardhouse and Main Entrance c 1950


Hospital Main Entrance c. 1960s

VFGH Staff Member

Occupational Therapy

Officers Mess

Valley Forge General Hospital in 1947

Post Telephone Exchange

Post Greenhouse

Post Theatre

Red Cross Crafts

Quartermaster Laundry

Post Radio Station

Post Entrance

Red Cross Crafts

Red Cross Crafts

Red Cross crafts

PFC John Knapp, MP at VFGH in 1945

VFGH Fire Truck in Phoenixville Dogwood Parade

VFGH Mens Softball Team

VFGH Mens Softball Team

VFGH Womens Softball Team

VFGH Gymnasium

VFGH staff member

Wards, Ambulances & Chapel

VFGH Medical Library

VFGH Post Dining Hall

VFGH Post Library

Patient recreation

German POWs at Valley Forge General Hospital in 1945

Aerial View of VFGH

VFGH softball team

WACS in 1943

VFGH Softball Team

Dogwood Parade in Phoenixville

Dogwood Parade

Post Theatre

VFGH Heliport in 1973

German POWs at Valley Forge General Hospital in 1944

J.F.K. Memorial Service in November 1963

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