William T. Fitzsimons
Lieutenant William T. Fitzsimons (1889—1917) was a United States Army
United States Army
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officer in World War I
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, and is considered the first American
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officer killed in the war. Fitzsimmons gradruated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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Fitzsimons was killed in a German
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air raid on September 4, 1917 along with Pvt. Oscar Tugo, Pvt. Rudolph Rubino and Pvt. Leslie Woods, when bombs fell on Base Hospital No. 5 near Dannes-Camiers in Pas-de-Calais, France
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In 1920, Army Hospital 21 in Aurora, Colorado
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was officially renamed the Fitzsimons Army Hospital
Fitzsimons Army Medical Center
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in his honor.