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Posts Categorized: WWII Articles

Hospitalization in World War II – Evacuation of the Wounded

Unlike the US Fifth Army, Hutch crossed the Volturno River backward. While the Allies crossed under machine-gun fire eleven days earlier, Hutch rode in a jeep, turned in the front seat to face little Lucia. Her litter was strapped across the backseat, while two more litters were strapped on the hood. A furrow raced up… Read more »

Hospitalization in World War II – Mobile and Fixed Hospitals

Hutch crossed his arms over his soggy mackinaw and gave Bergie half a smile. “You said you’d take over. Ever pitch a tent before?” “In Boy Scouts.” The surgeon raised a three-finger salute. “On my honor–“ “A big old Army ward tent?” “Nope. But I’m willing to get dirty. What’s mud compared to the blood… Read more »

Hospitalization in World War II – Chain of Evacuation

Planes thundered overhead, artillery rumbled in the distance, and cries of wounded soldiers pierced Georgie’s ears. “Coming through.” Two medics rushed past with a litter. A man writhed on top, a shock of red on his gray-green field jacket. Another medic assisted a soldier who clutched his twisted, bloodstained arm to his chest. Georgie took… Read more »

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II – The Flight Nurse

Flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor wrestled down Captain McCurdy’s arms while Sgt. Enrique Ramirez forced him back into the seat. Apparently the captain was a poor candidate for air evacuation. “What are you waiting for, men?” McCurdy called out. “Jump!” Sergeant Ramirez planted his knee on the man’s lap and gripped both of the captain’s… Read more »

Medical Air Evacuation in WWII – One Patient’s Journey

Flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor smiled at Private Hawkins, who was recovering from abdominal surgery due to a rifle wound. “We’ll be in Tuni—” He was too pale. Restless. His hand chilled her. Georgie leaned closer, her mind tingling with concern. “Are you all right?” “Thirsty.” He rubbed his throat with white fingers. She wrapped… Read more »

Medical Air Evacuation in World War II

At the front of the plane, flight nurse Lt. Georgie Taylor threw a bright smile in place. These men had been wounded in battle or suffered from illness far from home. This could be their worst Christmas ever, but she was determined to give them pleasant memories. “All right, gentlemen. Open your presents.” The men… Read more »

Pharmacy in World War II – The Military

Pharmacy at Percy Jones General Hospital, Battle Creek, Michigan While researching the military medical system for my World War II novels, I read about physicians and nurses, dentists and veterinarians. But where were the pharmacists? In the civilian world, the physician prescribes medication, the pharmacist purchases, compounds, and dispenses, and the patient or nurse administers…. Read more »

Pharmacy in World War II – The Drug Store

In my novel, On Distant Shores, which officially releases August 1, 2013, the hero serves an Army pharmacist in World War II. As a pharmacist, I found much about my profession has changed, but some things have not—a personal concern for patients, the difficult balance between health care and business, and the struggle to gain respect… Read more »

Pharmacy in World War II – The Pharmacist

In my novel On Distant Shores, which officially releases August 1, 2013, the hero, Tech. Sgt. John “Hutch” Hutchinson, serves as an Army pharmacist in World War II. As a pharmacist, I found much about my profession has changed, but some things have not—the personal concern for patients, the difficult balance between health care and… Read more »

A Tribute on D-Day

Today we commemorate the 69th anniversary of the D-Day landings. On June 6, 1944, the Allies landed on the beaches of Normandy to liberate Europe from Nazi power. Today the Normandy beaches bristle with people on holiday – those who come to remember, and those who come to play. Children laugh and chase the waves… Read more »