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STATION VETERINARY HOSPITAL BARRACK T-3132 FORT ORD


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STATION VETERINARY HOSPITAL BARRACK T-3132 FORT ORD, CALIFORNIA

Building T-3132 originally housed the veterinary detachment of the 1st Veterinary Company (2nd Platoon) manning the Fort Ord Station Veterinary Hospital in 1941. Colonel W.C. Wight is believed to be the first Post Veterinarian and Colonel Daniel B. Leininger, V.C. the second Post Veterinarian.


Building T-3132 is a 700 Series Shirt-Roof (Aquamedia) 1940’s type Barrack at the Station Veterinary Hospital. Note: This barrack is the only 45-man barrack that I have been able to find on the 1940's blueprints of Fort Ord.

A distinctive feature peculiar to Series 700 buildings was a shirt-roof that projected from the spandrel wall above the ground story windows on two-story buildings, and continued around all four sides. Both the single-story and two-story buildings, it also extended the eave line beneath the front and rear gables to span the width of the building. Other terms used to describe this shirt-roof were “canopies” and “eyebrows”. The official term used by the Army to designate this feature is “aquamedia” and its origin is as uncertain as its Latin derivation. Whatever it ontology, aquamedia was of questionable value. A pent roof had been used above windows on barracks designed in 1917, for the purpose of shedding rain while permitting the window sash to remain open for ventilation. Rather than frame separate pents for each window, however, a continuous skirt was devised in 1940, extending 3 feet from the face of the wall and braced by 2x4s. The feature was dropped from Series 800 buildings because it could not shield against blowing rain, and leaks could occur where stub rafters were framed in the wall.

Source: Fine and Remington, The Corps of Engineers, p 266; James A. Glass, “Historic American Buildings Survey: Fort McCoy, Building T-1129 (Barrack) “ (HABS: unpublished report, 1988), pp 2-11. World War II Temporary Military Buildings by John S. Garner, pp 41,42


The 902nd Military Intelligence Group INSCOM, Army Counterintelligence Detachment was located in T-3132 for many years and until Fort Ord Closed in 1994. A former MP has told me he would deliver and return prisoners to this building but was never allowed to go inside. There was a great mystery about what went on inside T-3132 and the padded interrogation room on the second floor. What went on in this building was very secretive during the Cold War, Vietnam to the Gulf War and is another great part of the history of Fort Ord. When I first enter T-3132 in 2009 working on my Station Veterinary Hospital research work with the permission of the Water District it was still filled with 902nd’s paperwork and materials that were left when they moved out of T-3132 and Fort Ord in 1994. A special security team at this time went in and cleared the building of some still classified material. It was interesting to walk into the old barrack and to see pretty much like it was left when the 902nd Military Intelligence Group exited the building. There were many calendars, paperwork and rosters dated 1993 still on the wall and it was like walking into a time capsule.


When I first enter T-3132 in 2009 working on my Station Veterinary Hospital research work with the permission of the Water District (above pictures)


Floor layout of Station Veterinary Hospital Barrack T-3132 as it was in 1941.



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