Cerro Gordo County

Capt. Ralph A. Winkle



Capt. Winkle Writes About Dental Work on War Front
Transferred to Convalescent Hospital in Belgium

Clear Lake—Capt. Ralph A. Winkle, former Clear Lake dentist, writes from Belgium that he has been transferred from the 72nd field hospital to a convalescent hospital with the 3rd auxiliary surgical group.

The organization is made up of 130 surgeons, 70 nurses and as many enlisted men. In the group are 4 dentists, all specialists in maxio-facial work. Each specialist works with a 3-man team. At present they are located in a permanent building enjoying the luxury of steam heat, electricity and hot running water. Living conditions in Belgium far surpass those of England and France, he writes.

Capt. Winkle’s new work will consist of making full and partial plates, the dentists repairing and making plates for the entire first army. They take the impressions and trained technicians, of which there are 12, complete the cases and they are ready to be fitted.

Capt. Winkle writes that he was very much pleased to renew the acquaintance of his former commanding officer, who is now executive officer at the convalescent hospital. He has also learned that Capt. James W. Lannon, a former Clear Lake physician, is located not far away and hopes to arrange a meeting with him soon. The letter was written Oct. 12.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, October 30, 1944 (photo included)