The Naval Hospital Guam, did its share during the nightmare that was Typhoon Karen. On being notified that Typhoon Condition II had been set, the Typhoon Readiness Program was initiated. Key personnel reported to the hospital and preparations were made to receive casualties and people seeking shelter.
Despite heavy damage during the typhoon 350 emergency cases were seen by doctors at
the hospital. A thousand people were sheltered, fed, and given cots and blankets. All
women in the ninth month of pregnancy were moved into the Hospital prior to the typhoon.
With the severe damage to Guam Memorial Hospital,
the only other hospital on Guam, 95 per cent of their patients were transferred to the Naval Hospital, which now provides all inpatient care for the entire island of 70,000.
Emergency water supplies were provided for various adjacent areas of the community from the Hospital's protected water reservoir. As part of the Navy's preventive medicine program 30,000 typhoid inoculations were given in three days through cooperation of personnel from PMU-6 from Hawaii, corpsmen from the airlifted Marine Battalion and the island's public health treatment centers. All of this had been done by personnel who went almost without sleep for the three days.
There were many acts of individual courage and heroism.
The attitude of the staff of the Hospital is well summed up by LT Harold J. Janson who, when asked how things had gone, replied, "We didn't do anything except our job."