(Source: USAREUR Military History Office – Online Medical Histories, 2002)
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The 97th was selected for special service to aid in the Berlin air-lift in 1948-49; for its support of the operation, it was awarded the “Army of Occupation Medal with the Berlin Air-Lift Device”.

On 1 January 1954, the hospital was redesignated US Army Hospital, Frankfurt operated by the 97th General Hospital with a total expandible bed capacity of 1,000.

The 97th General Hospital and the Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center (FARMC) is the largest and busiest in Europe. Comprised of 11 troop medical clinics, 22 dental clinics, 3 veterinary detachments and numerous other field and TO&E units spanning a 100 mile radius. The 97th General Hospital is authorized an operating bed level of 330 plus 30 remaining overnight beds for evacuation patients. The hospital functions as the medical evaluation center for patients being evacuated to the United States. It also operates a regional neonatal intensive care unit for the dependents of US Army Forces in Europe. The hospital provides specialized treatment in 22 areas to include: allergy, audiology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, dentistry, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, pulmonary disease, psychiatry, rheumatology and urology. The 97th General Hospital and the Frankfurt Army Regional Medical Center continues to function as the home of concerned care.

28 thoughts on “97th GENERAL HOSPITAL

  1. On March 1, 1985, I was admitted to 97th General Hospital Army Hospital as a pregnant soldier who became unconscious and the hospital terminated my pregnancy but didn’t release my child’s remains to me for burial. I have been trying to locate my child’s remains for years or even a paper trail saying what they did with my child’s remains. The hospital would not let me get my child’s remains released to me in order to have a burial service. What did they do with the baby?

  2. I’m trying to locate a major davies that worked there in 1993-1994. I believe he has passed on, but I’m trying to find his obituary. Can you please help me? Thank you very much.

  3. I was in the pediatric ward in 1977 is there any records at all available to me .it’s extremely important who can I contact to find out .

    1. Have you considered checking with the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt, or perhaps the office of your Congress man or woman?

    2. Hello Cendie,

      I was born at this hospital in 1977. It was my understanding through many years of searching that there was a fire at the hospital in 1981-ish and there were many medical records destroyed.

      It is the military’s process to move medical records to the National Personnel Records center after 3 years of inactivity of civilian dependents. So I am pretty sure that my records were still on site as I left Germany under my mother’s orders at the age of 3.

      If you are looking for the records for medical illness purposes, your best bet would be to try and see if there is anything in your parent’s records at the National Personnel Records.

      If you are looking for the records for proof of US Citizenship, know that back then the “Report of Birth Abroad” was used as a “birth Certificate” because it looked prettier than the real birth certificate and so many parents (mine included) threw out the actual report of birth and most places (including US Dept of Social Security) would accept the Report of Birth Abroad as proof of citizenship until 9/11.

      If you traveled back to the states with military parents, you might not be “found” in National Personnel Records, I wasn’t and I tried many…many times.

      In the end, I had to go through the process of becoming a Naturalized Citizen. Which, I am sorry but I served my country in the US Navy with a Secret Clearance 12 years prior to having to “claim” US Citizenship through Naturalization. Straight BS.

      Either way, below is the link to get you started. I would recommend calling and speaking to someone there and asking them if the documentation you are planning to submit would be sufficient. I sent in (probably too much), but I didn’t want there to be ANY question. And the fee is non-refundable. It is a process, so be patient. And you will have an interview and have to take the Oath of Allegiance at the end of it all.

      If that didn’t work, I was going to apply to be a US citizen through my spouse/marriage. 🙂

      See Naturalization of Citizenship for Children of Service Members

      Best of luck in your search!

  4. I was a medic on the pediatric ward from 1959-1961 at the 97th General Hospital. Sometimes I wish I had finished out my enlistment there. It was great duty and the the German people were for the most part very nice. Does anyone remember Freddie’s bar and his wife’s delicious Weiner Schnitzel!!

    1. Yes, I remember it, right across the street as I re-call. When I got there in May, 1962, Staff Sergeant Alfred Reeberg was in charge of the mail room at the end of the basement. I worked there most of my time until I left on New Years day, 1965. Colonel Byron Steger was 97th Commander when I got there, Colonel Philip Mallory was Commander when I left. I typed his first name with two l’s on his mail card and had to re-do it because he spelled it with 1 l. When President Eisenhower died, Mallory was a Major General at Walter Reed. We had different detachment commanders at the 97th, my favorite was Major Herbert Condit, he later got promoted to Lt. Colonel. A long time ago, I found his widow on the internet, she wanted copies of my promotion orders to give to their five children, which I sent to her.

    2. I was born there in June of 1961 and needed blood transfusions at birth. I just asked my parents who are both in their mid 90s if my blood donor was a medic and they said it was a soldier who guarded the front gate. Would be fun to find out the name of the man who helped me survive my 1st few days of life 🙂

    3. I was stationed there from August1966 to January 1968. I was assigned to Food Supply, purchasing the essential foods for the entire hospital. My boss was SSGT Harold Thompson.

      1. When I was stationed at the 97th, May 1962-New Years Day, 1965, the OFFICER in charge of all the food operations was Major Anastasia Cotter. Back then, Catholics did not eat meat on Friday, so EVERYONE had fish EVERY Friday. I NEVER heard anyone complain, many of us raised very poor were happy to get the fish.

      2. I was Military Police from August 1966 – April 1968. We guarded Jayne Mansfield when she came to the “Plantation Club”, (1967). Two months before her death.

        1. I remember the Plantation Club. I was sitting in it, sipping on a “Tom Collins” when we got the word that President Kennedy had been killed. Some of the entertainers who came to the Plantation were Bill Haley and his Comets, Count Basie, Ray Price and others. Cost: $1.25. later, $1.50.

    4. Oh yeah, I was there in 1969-70 and Freddie was a wonderful man. He had been a POW in England late in the war and went home somewhere in the eastern sector. He told me that he realized what was happening and put his wife on the back of his motorcycle and crossed into the western sector. Yes great schnitzel!

    5. I was stationed at the 97th Gen. Hosp. from Feb. 1977 to May 1978. Freddie’s at that time was down the street from the hospital, toward Friedberger Warte I think.

  5. I was born there in January of 1969, while my father was station there, i have a copy of my birth certificate but need a notarize one. is there anyway you could help?

    1. Hello, I was born at this hospital in 1979, how can I get a copy of my birth certificate?

    2. Go to the standesamt in Frankfurt or reorder your citizen born abroad certificate.

  6. I had surgery at 97th general hospital in 1980 and as per my local VA office there in no record of it, I need help to find a contact to retrieve my surgery records

    1. In the basement are the file cabinets. There are two floors under the hospital. I was a janitor there as a dependent. If the cabinets
      Are still there your X-rays and file are there.
      When I went down there it was dark and no power. Used the special elevator key.
      Hope it helps. There is a embassy building connected to the hospital now. Maybe they can help.

    2. Eli Tella, same here. I was in a coma for 3 days there in 1977 and no record of it anywhere. Please let me know if you find a way to get hospital records. I would appreciate it so much.

  7. I was a postal clerk in 97th General, from May 1962 until New years day, 1965. Victor Arnett

    1. Victor, I followed you in the Mail Room operation. Was in the Administration section from August 1966 until December 1968. Ran the Mail Room for my last 24 months there. Kenneth Dean Henson

      1. Wow, this is a nice surprise. Thanks for taking care of things after I left. Thanks to my Army postal work, I got a job with the Post Office Department, later, U.S. Postal Service for 32.5 years, my oldest son also retired from there. He was in an armor division in Germany, 1983-1986.

  8. On 1 August 1971 my oldest Son was born at the 97th. Greatest Staff I ever knew in the OB/GYN Department.

  9. Was wondering is you had done any history on 32nd signal bn, when they were at mcnair kaserne, höchst and Kelly barracks, Darmstadt.

    1. I was in B Co 32nd Signal at McNair Kasserne in 1984 thru June 1985.

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