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Ralph Chester Lapham papers

 Collection — Container: Photographs/Letters
Identifier: 02.04.0253

Scope and Contents

Private Ralph Chester Lapham served with the 116th Evacuation Hospital during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. Chester assisted with providing care for former prisoners of Dachau concentration camp after the camp's liberation. The collection contains photographs of the camp and letters describing the unit's work setting up a hospital at Dachau and a Typhus epidemic.


  • 1944-1945
  • Majority of material found in 1944-1945
  • Date acquired: 09/08/2004


Language of Materials

English .

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ralph Chester Lapham was born on January 24, 1910, in Salem, Massachusetts. After he finished his education he moved to New York City to pursue a career in singing. In 1943 he was drafted into the United States Army. At the liberation of Dachau, he helped treat sick and wounded survivors as a member of the 116th Evacuation Hospital. After the war, he went on to open and operate an electronics store in Salem, Massachusetts. Lapham passed away on June 18, 2012, at 102 years old.


1.00 folders

Source of Acquisition

Eric Blanchard

Method of Acquisition


Ralph Chester Lapham papers 02.04.0253
Hillary Sebeny and Julianna Witt
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository

Tallahassee FL 32306 US