Hafa Adai,I sent an email asking what exactly he was looking for and received this reply:
Would you have any photos of Capitol Hill? I was in the Hospital there 148th General WW 2 and would love to see it again.
George Niebling Sr.
Angelo,The frogs that he refers to are probably those invasive cane toads that were brought in by the Japanese. As for the geckos, we all know those are still here.
Thank you for your reply. I appreciate it. I was a Medic with the US Army 148th Gen Hosp. I think it was on Capitol Hill, but we really never knew where we were. I came home in 1946, 20 years old. Now 81. Time flies.
If that indeed was where the hospital was, I would love to get some pictures and would be more than willing to offset any expense incurred by your effort for me. The road leading into the area on the right side had a puddle from I guess a spring and straight ahead where the medical and surgical wards.
I was wondering if you all still had those large frogs on Saipan and the little lizards that use to crawl up my pant leg? Before I left Saipan I drove around the island and the birds of many color were just starting to return, having been driven by the noise and destruction. It is a beautiful place and I wish I could return, but at this age and my financial condition makes it all but impossible. If you help me reestablish my experience I would be most appreciative. I will include my address, just let me know so I can reimburse you.
Hafa Adai and Mahalo,
George Niebling Sr
3708 Hastings Drive
Arlington, TX 76013.
PS Please if it is still possible and I hope it is, say Hello to your relatives that were there when I was.
As for the hospital, I thought it was in Fina Sisu, on the grounds of Northern Marianas College. Was there also a hospital on Capital Hill? Does anyone know where he is talking about?
I'd like to send him some pictures, but I need some help identifying where the old hospital was located.
Also, since Monday is Veteran's Day, I encourage my Saipan readers to send Mr. Niebling a postcard from Saipan. Tell him what the island is like now. I'm sure an old vet would appreciate the gesture.
His address is posted above.