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Photo of the Week: The William C. Kilpatrick, Jr. Collection

Aerial view of the U.S.S. Sanctuary in Da Nang, Vietnam in Aug. 1970.

This is an aerial view of the U.S.S. Sanctuary in Da Nang, Vietnam in Aug. 1970. The U.S.S. Sanctuary was a hospital ship that served the U.S. Navy in World War II and the Vietnam War.  

More about the Collection:

William C. Kilpatrick, Jr., served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1951-1972 before becoming a professor in the Orthopedics Department at the UNM School of Medicine. He worked at UNM from 1972-1988.

William C. Kilpatrick, Jr., earned his medical degree from Howard University in 1945 and received his medical license in New York State in 1946.  He served as an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1951 to 1972. The places he worked during this time include Kentucky, New Jersey, Kansas, California, Germany, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. He retired from the army as a Colonel in 1972. During his storied military career, Kilpatrick received numerous awards. These include a Department of Defense Commendation, U.S. Army, 1962; a Department of Defense Commendation, Korea Military Assistance Group, in 1966; and a United States of America Meritorious Service Award in 1972.

Kilpatrick joined the Orthopedics Department of the UNM School of Medicine as an Assistant Professor in 1972. He was Chief of Amputee Service and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Bernalillo County Medical Center and a consultant at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Albuquerque in 1972 as well. He continued to work at UNM as a professor and ultimately became the Operating Room Surgical Director of UNM Hospital in 1981. During his time at UNM, Dr. Kilpatrick also served as a consultant or part of the medical staff for many hospitals and medical centers in the city, including the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Bernalillo County Medical Center, Presbyterian Hospital, Carrie Tingley Hospital, and the U.S. Public Service Gallup Indian Medical Center. Kilpatrick separated from the UNM Medical School on July 31, 1988.