A PICTURE STORY
The Time: 1713 (military time)
The Date: 1 August 1944
The Place: Hedgerows, near Percy, Normandy, France
The Event: “About then I heard an incoming shell. I hit the ground face down. I do not recall the explosion. I do remember the sharp stabbing in my lower left rib cage. I knew I had been hit. I was terrified! I had been hit and remember thinking ”I’ve been hit” but I’m still alive”.
Excerpted from “ The Physical and Psychic Wounding of Lt Lee R Christensen” Can be read by Googling the title.
The Field Hospital:
And a Note from the Medical Staff:
Most seriously wounded means men shot through the head, lungs, bowels, or large bone of the legs, wounds that in World War I were usually fatal.
Our basic technique is to open up a man's abdomen with an 8-inch incision, go through his intestines and other organs carefully looking for holes made by bullets or shell fragments. Damaged organs and bowel are removed, the holes sewed shut and the incision closed except for a loop of bowel that serves as a temporary outlet. Minor wounds are cleaned of damaged flesh and packed with vaseline gauze. We do chests as well as bellies, sometimes on the same man. We use great quantities of whole blood. We have sulfa, which we smear liberally everywhere we can, and everybody who lives gets the new drug penicillin every four hours..
And I lived to Celebrated this Day 70 Years After>?
The Music: Glenn Miller’s “American Patrol”