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Image of Old Letterman Hospital today

Letterman Complex

Image of President McKinley at Letterman Hospital, 1901. Image source - NPS, Presidio Archives & Record Center 
President William McKinley addresses a crowd at the Presidio's new Army General Hospital, May 1901.

Letterman General Hospital, the U.S. Army's oldest named general hospital, was established in 1898, caring for sick and wounded soldiers returning from the Philippine Islands during the Spanish American War. Letterman became the largest Army hospital in the country during World War II, treating over 76,000 patients in 1945. Until its closure in 1992, Letterman Hospital provided medical care for soldiers during every major U.S. conflict of the 20th Century.

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