Tripler Celebrates 60 Years

Elizabeth Roth
Elizabeth Roth

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- With its signature pink paint, it can be seen for miles.

Tripler Army Medical Center celebrates 60 years atop the Moanalua Ridge Hawaii Friday.

The hospital is named after Civil War General Charles Stuart Tripler.

Originally, it was based at Fort Shafer, but a larger facility was needed to accommodate the influx of wartime casualties during World War II.

Ground was broken for the new hospital in 1944.

"When you look at it, we have been in continuous wars since 1950, of course Tripler has been our major facility for the pacific theater," said Donald Devaney, Tripler Provost Marshal.

Elizabeth Roth was married to the late Albert Henry Roth who oversaw the construction of Tripler Medical Center.

"Our pink safe haven was truly a home away from home for the wounded for the visitor retired personnel visiting Hawaii and like I said it's home and it's been tremendous to be associated with it," said Roth.

Over the years celebrities, professional athletes and musicians visited the pink palace.

"Charlie Chaplin was here, Jack Lord from Hawaii Five-0 used to come."

There are many urban legends about how the color pink was chosen for the hospital. And now the truth be told.

"They decided that this hospital should be painted and they used the coral hue of the soil in the surrounding area and they decided that would be a good color."

Commemorating a building that has provided health care for the men and women of our armed forces for 60 years.

Tripler Army Medical Center is the largest military medical facility in the pacific.