Veterans Administration Hospital
and Domiciliary
100 Emancipation Drive
Kecoughtan, Hampton, VA 23667
757-722-9961

http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=57
 

Thursday, October 18, 1956 Thursday, October 18, 1956
From the Papers
of
Robert Buckley, M.D.,
Chief of the Domiciliary Clinic
(Feb 1954 - 25 Apr 1960)
From the Papers
of
Robert Buckley, M.D.,
Chief of the Domiciliary Clinic
(Feb 1954 - 25 Apr 1960)
01/12/10 01/12/10
WAY BACK THEN:
1900 - 1910's -
Soldiers Home
Soldiers Home Hospital, Soldiers Home Company K and I with Theater, Soldiers Home 1905- Main Building
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/02/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/22/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
05/19/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
06/18/06 
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
06/18/06
Thanks, Dave!
 WAY BACK THEN:
Main Building Back of Postcard Main Barracks Back of Postcard Back of Postcard Above
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/16/06
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/16/06
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
06/18/06
Thanks, Dave!
WAY BACK THEN:
 
Entrance to Soldiers Home - 1915 Main Barracks - 1915 Breakwater and Governor's Office Hospital - National Soldiers Home, VA  
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
09/28/03 
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
09/28/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61) of VA via Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
06/20/06
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61) of VA via Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
06/20/06
Thanks, Dave!
 
THEN: NOW:
1935-1945 -  Air View New Hospital Waterfront Main Hospital
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
10/22/03
Thanks, Dave!
From the original collection of Carol Buckley Harty
of NC - 07/07/03
Courtesy of Dave
Spriggs ('64) of VA -
08/22/03
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/
facility.asp?ID=57 - 04/27/06 


My father, Robert Buckley, M.D., served as Chief of the Domiciliary Clinic at Kecoughtan Veterans Hospital
from February 1954 until his death on 25 Apr 1960.  He always lovingly referred to the facility itself as "Kecoughtan",
and to his patients - regardless of their age - as "his boys".  They had a mutual admiration society; they adored
one another.  He took a deep personal interest in each and every one of them.  When his funeral was conducted
from the base chapel 46 years ago today, as many as could crowded into the tiny church.  One of my strongest
memories is of entering the drive for that last time, and seeing men everywhere in their pajamas and robes,
openly weeping and lined up to pay their respects to their beloved "Chief" who had died so suddenly.

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 04/27/06


 

I found the attached in a pile of Newport News photos.  Mother volunteered at the VA Hospital in the late 1950's
and I still have a crèche set that she made with the men she helped.  I thought maybe the man in the tie might
be your Dad  ???  or maybe you knew some of the nurses?

- Paula Sturtevant Comstock ('62) of TX - 03/01/08

   My heart jumped when I read your message, Paula, but when I saw the photos, alas, I did not recognize
any of them, and no, that's not
my daddy
(the late Robert Buckley - John Marshall HS - '25)Other than Sandi
(Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) and Johnnie's (Bateman - '70 - of VA) mother, the only nurse
who worked with Daddy whose name I can recall after 48 years is the late Peggy Crotty. 
There was also someone named Audrey something or other; I assume she also was a nurse.

  In the hope that someone else will be able to identify the people in your images, I have posted them here.

 
 

Carol, this website offers so much to all of us TYPHOONS.  What is amazing is how enlightening it can be. 

I worked with Dave Biggs ('62 - of VA) for many years at the Veterans Hospital. He was the Chief of Human Resources and I was the Chief Accountant. 
Therefore, we had much contact in our dealings with hiring, personnel matters and of course the biggee, funds.  However, in all that interaction,
I never knew he was a TYPHOON.  How could that be.  AMAZING.  Dave is an outstanding person and soooo worthy to be a TYPHOON. HA.

- Cookie Phillips Tyndall ('64) of VA - 06/07/09
WOWZERS! Thanks, Cookie! I'm astonished y'all didn't remember one another from high school!


When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

- Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore

 

When Johnny comes marching home again,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give him a hearty welcome then,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The men will cheer, the boys will shout,
The ladies they will all turn out,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

The old church bells will peal with joy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
We'll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.
 

Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
Their choicest treasures then display,
Hurrah! Hurrah!
And let each one perform some part
To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home


(This page was created on 05/19/03, and redesigned on 04/27/06.)


"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" midi courtesy of http://www.lilesnet.com/patriotic/midi/wjcmha.mid
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/03
Thanks, Dave!

"When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" lyrics courtesy of http://www.psgilmore-society.org/johnny.html
also
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 07/07/03
Thanks again, Dave!

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