Follow the Adventures of the 59th Evac.
Hospital with Dear Folksies
On April 11, 1942, René Bine Jr., MD — a 26-year-old resident from Stanford Hospital and newly-minted Army lieutenant — wrote the first of more than 230 letters to his family in San Francisco. René sent dispatches from several locations stateside, and then overseas in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, France and Germany – every place the 59th Evacuation Hospital, his World War II M.A.S.H. unit, set up their tents and cared for the sick and wounded. Each single-spaced, typed letter began with the salutation, “Dear Folksies.”
On April 11, 2017, the Dear Folksies “blog” launched – featuring excerpts from René’s letters posted 75 years to the day after he wrote them, and illustrated with photographs from his historic 3-1/2 year adventure.
In December 2020, Dear Folksies morphed from a 524-post blog into this website. For tips on accessing the various features of the site, check out FAQs. For more background on René and Dear Folksies, visit About.