Hello my father was a patient in Fort Bayard 1949-1950,
He was honorably discharged from the Navy. Dad contracted TB while stationed in Hawaii during his service.
He was first sent to Tom Green Sanatorium in San Angelo and then transferred to Fort Bayard.
The doctor at Fort Bayard wanted to treat dad's TB by removing half a lung. My dad would not let the dr. do surgery on him.
Dad had dated my mother in 1946. They were still dating when he was sent to Hawaii. While based in Hawaii, Billie my mother went to the Sanatorium in San Angelo, Tx for TB.
Mom spent a year in the Sanatorium getting well. While there, they tried a new drug on her called Streptomycin. Because of the care she received at the Sanatorium and the Streptomycin, mom fully recovered from her tb and is still alive today at the age of 92.
Dad knew about the medication mom had received from the Sanatorium, so he told his doctors at Fort Bayard they were not cutting on him until they at least tried the Streptomycin. The Fort Bayard doctors used the Streptomycin, my dad got well with both lungs fully intact, got out of the hospital, married my mom and the rest as they say is history.
I wish I could thank the Fort Bayard doctor who listened to my dad and gave him the medicine he needed to save his life, I would love to thank him.