|Coverage of flu cases, 1918|
Given the recent reminder, we must add the Spanish Flu. It was first observed in Kansas (Fort Riley) in March 1918. The map is from the Stanford University article on the pandemic (page has stale links, to be resolved). Not long after, the virus was seen at Camp Devens which is outside of Boston and was established in 1917.
This was the pandemic where we see rows and rows of cots with sick soldiers. During this time, medical personnel would have been extremely busy.
The base was named for Civil War general, Charles Bevens, who was involved in several battles in Virginia.
Remarks: Modified: 02/16/2018