Historic California Posts, Camps, Stations and Airfields
Naval Convalescent Hospital, Yosemite
(Naval Special Hospital, Yosemite)
Sailors in the main dining room circa 1944.
History by the Society for the History of Navy Medicine
The Navy leased the famed Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park in 1943. Commissioned on 25 June, “its purpose was the rehabilitation of sick and injured service men in order to restore them to duty or return them to civilian life in the best possible physical condition.” Despite its spectacular location, the isolation of the place wore heavily on patients’ morale so that the Secretary of the Navy specifically approved the sale of beer–the only Naval hospital to enjoy this amenity–with a subsequent improvement in patient outlook. The hospital was at its busiest in the spring and summer of 1945, with a patient load averaging more than 750. It was decommissioned 15 December 1945. Today, one may wait several months to get reservations in this famed hotel

The main dining room today.
Additional Histories
Official History
Naval Convalescent Hospitals of World War II
National Park Service History
The Ahwanee Hotel today.

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Updated 8 February 2016