O'REILLY GENERAL HOSPITAL OF SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI
Occupational Therapy -- Weaving
This soldier, in the Occupational Therapy weaving room, is identified in an article in the Springfield Leader & Press, August 14, 1944, p. 3, as Sgt. Wilbur L. Gallup, a 22-year-old Ranger, who is making a pillow cover for his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Gallup of Persia, Iowa. Gallup was injured in Italy on 11-12-43, when a mortar shell struck the right side of his face, blinding him. He was only 400 yards from an aid station. Evacuated first to Naples, then to Africa, Gallup arrived at O'Reilly General Army Hospital on 2-23-44. O'Reilly's surgeons restored sight in his right eye. He received a Purple Heart and was recommended for the Silver Star. Undated.