Battle of the Coral Sea, 1942

May 9, 1942, Comics
May 9, 1942: Allied forces fight the first what would be six major aircraft carrier battles with the Japanese, the next being the Battle of Midway.

On the jump, a war map by Times artist Charles Owens, whom you may remember from “Nuestro Pueblo,” a wonderful book of drawings of old Los Angeles, with text by Joe Seewerker. If you have never seen “Nuestro Pueblo,” it’s really worth getting a copy.

Also on the jump, The Times reports the death of Charlie Whitehead, chief nurse at the Georgia Street Receiving Hospital.

In the early 20th century, the LAPD operated the trauma hospital at 1st and Hill next to the Central Police Station  (which is why you will see references to a police surgeon). This was replaced by the Georgia Street Receiving Hospital.

The obituary notes that Whitehead helped treat victims of the 1910 bombing of The Times Building at 1st and Broadway.

The Aztec, 251 S. Main has French Burlesque with the “sex-sational” double bill “Virgin Bride” and “School for Husbands.”

War Map

May 9, 1942, Battle of the Coral Sea

May 9, 1942, Battle of the Coral SEa

May 9, 1942, Battle of the Coral Sea
May 9, 1942, Aztec

May 9, 1942, City Head Nurse Dies

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