The United States Army 32nd Field Hospital in the Italian Campaign of World War II




Members of the 32nd the Field Hospital Unit at Camp Rucker in Alabama prior to  joining the 5th Army in Italy.

The photo was taken in early spring 1943.

List of Known Names of Personnel in Above Photo

Sgt Irvin McLaughlin - 4th Row From Bottom - 9th from Left (Chief Cook)

T/5 Hyman E Matza - 3rd Row From Bottom - 2nd from Right (Clerk Typist - Switchboard)





The 32nd Field Hospital served with distinction in the Fifth Army in the Medical Section of IV Corps. Many of the photographs in this site were taken by Staff Sergeant Irvin W. McLaughlin using a Kodak Folding Camera during his tour of duty in Italy from September 1943 through September 1945. This site is dedicated to the men and women who served in the United States Army 32nd Field Hospital during the Italian Campaign of World War II. Corrections, comments and suggestions are always welcomed. Your remembrances and stories are also welcomed. Please contact Darrel Hagberg at We are also compiling of list of names of those who served in this unit. Please submit names to Darrel.



Sergeant Steve Kacsor (left) and Sergeant Irvin McLaughlin (right)

Sergeant's Kacsor and McLaughlin served together in the 5th Army 32nd field Hospital during the Italian Campaign from 1943 - 1945. Steve was from Owasso, Michigan, and Irvin was from Moline, Illinois. Both survived the war and became life long friends after the war. Both married and had children. Steve had 3 children and Irvin had 5. Sergeant McLaughlin kept a photo journal during his service in the campaign. Click on the following hyperlink to view. Please contact the Web Master for additions, changes or corrections.

Sergeant Irvin McLaughlin's Photo Journal

Use of photos granted free upon approval of Web Master with attribution to the owner, Darrel R. Hagberg.



History of the Italian Campaign

9 Sep 1943 - 18 Sep 1945

Almost a month after the allies secured Sicily; they began their invasion of Italy, with the first landing at Salerno on September 9, 1943. The landing, commanded by General Mark Clark, met little resistance in most areas, but the Germans put up a fierce fight in a few pockets and prevented the allies from moving off the beaches. The allied invasion eventually stalled and heavy fighting ensued. However, the Germans were unable to bear the allied air attacks and began to withdraw on September 16.


32nd Field Hospital landing at Agropoli, near Salerno, Italy.

32nd Field Hospital off loading at Agropoli, near Salerno, Italy.



29 June 1943

The allies take Pompeii, between Salerno and Naples.


1 October 1943

The allies capture Naples


6 October 1943

The U.S. Fifth Army takes Capua and Caserta


4 November 1943

The U.S. Fifth Army capture Isernia.


17 December 1943

The U.S. Fifth Army captures the village of San Pietro in central Italy after 10 days of heavy fighting.


3 January 1944

The US Fifth Army begins an offensive against the German forces in Italy who are entrenched in the Gustav Line along the Rapido river, with its centre at Cassino.


22 January 1944

The U.S. Fifth Army lands two divisions (36,034 men and 3,069 vehicles) under Major-Gen. John P. Lucas at Anzio, 30 miles South of Rome.


20 May 1944

The U.S. Fifth Army captures Gaeta to the South of Rome.


24 May 1944

U.S. troops take Terracina in Italy.


4 June 1944

The U.S. Fifth Army enters Rome.


7 June 1944

The Americans take Civitavecchia on the western coast of Italy.


8 June 1944

The U.S. Fifth Army continues its drive North in Italy, taking Civita Castellana.


9 June 1944

The U.S. Fifth Army is now 50 miles Northwest of Rome.


14 June 1944

The allies take Orvieto, 65 miles Northwest of Rome


23 July 1944

The U.S. 34th Division takes Pisa.


4 August 1944

Florence is evacuated by German forces.


22 February 1945

After a heavy four-day battle, the U.S. Fifth Army takes the Upper Reno Valley in northern Italy between Bologna and Florence.


20 April 1945

The U.S. Fifth Army reaches the Po river Plain in northern Italy as a German retreat to river ordered.


21 April 1945

The 2nd Polish Corps which is fighting with the British Eighth Army captures Bologna in co-ordination with the U.S. 34th Division, of the U.S. Fifth Army.


23-25 April 1945

The U.S. Fifth and British Eighth Armies reach the Po, to the North of Bologna on the 23th. The U.S. Fifth Army takes Spezia on the Gulf of Genoa and Modern on the 24. The U.S. Fifth Army enters Mantua, 60 miles Northwest of Bologna and continues its drive up coast, while the British Eighth Army crosses the Po river and captures Parma on the 25th.


26 April 1945

 The U.S. Fifth Army captures Verona, 20 miles Northeast of Mantua.


27-28 April 1945

The U.S. Fifth Army enters Genoa on April 27. The U.S. Fifth Army take Brescia, 30 miles East of Milan on April 28.


30 April 30

The U.S. Fifth Army in Northwest Italy, links up with French troops on the French/Italian border.


2 May 1945

The German Army in Italy abides by the Caserta agreement and surrenders to the allies, with hostilities ceasing at 12 noon GMT.


4 May 1945

The U.S. Fifth Army reaches the Brenner Pass.


6 May 1945

The U.S. Fifth Army enters Austria from Italy.


June 1945

The 32nd Field Hospital transfers to the war in the Pacific. There ship transits the Panama Canal and arrives in the Philippines 45 days later in August.


September 1945

After the surrender of the Japanese, the 32nd Field Hospital returns home from Japan.

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Moline, Illinois U.S.A.

17 March 2007

Undated April 17, 2018

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