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Property Name Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital
Reference Number 14000305
State California
County Monterey
Town Marina
Street Address 2872 Fifth Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 6/17/2014
Areas of Significance MILITARY
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The Station Veterinary Hospital (SVH) at the former Fort Ord is eligible under Criterion A at the local level of significance in the Area of Military for its association with World War II history. It was one of the last built medical facilities for mounted, horse-drawn, and mule-packing units of the U.S. Army. Twelve Series 700 station veterinary hospitals were built at forts around the nation in the WWII mobilization era, including the SVH at Fort Ord, the only known complete hospital surviving. The period of significance spans the hospital's opening on January 30, 1941 to the removal of most horse apparatus in 1946. When ground broke on Fort Ord construction in 1940, the horse-drawn 76th field artillery battalion was the first unit assigned and stables and a veterinary hospital were among the first buildings erected. The transition to mechanized was felt abruptly at Fort Ord, where the interval between major new horse construction and the active military use of horses was measured in months.

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