Combat Medics: True Heroes
Your March 2013 Dispatches item on The Man Without a Gun painting struck a chord with me. I remember my mother – a World War II WAC company commander on an atoll in the South Pacific – telling us that when the Japanese wounded started shooting our medics who were trying to treat them, we began arming the medics to defend themselves. The ladies in her unit’s mail censorship platoon were told to take their razor blades and cut out of the sampling of letters going home any words to the effect “Well, Mom, they finally gave us a gun.” We did not want that message getting out. Twenty-five years later I was a cav platoon leader in Vietnam combat with an unarmed conscientious objector as my platoon medic. He was one of the bravest men I’ve ever known. More than once I had to stop him from rushing to the wounded in a not-yet-cleared ambush site. Thanks for your thoughtful portrayal of true heroes who will never be unsung to those of us privileged to have served with them.
1812 Frigate War
I enjoyed reading your January 2013 Battlefield Leader article on the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812. Growing up just south of Boston, I have heard the story since childhood and have walked the decks of USS Constitution multiple times – it is truly inspiring. Recently, though, I listened to two British history podcasts on the war, and it is interesting to hear the British view on the naval battles (and War of 1812 in general). They downplay U.S. naval success, attributing our victory to the Royal Navy’s run-down ships, Britain’s focused war efforts against Napoleon, and the fact that U.S. frigates were 1/3 larger, with more and heavier guns.
I just read Major General (Ret.) Hoyt S. Vandenberg Jr.’s super article “Ploesti: Anatomy of a Disaster” in the January 2013 issue. General Vandenberg did a nice job with content and presentation of the mission profile of the August 1, 1943, Ploesti raid. The whole magazine was a super read.
JOHN D. BYBEE
I would like to see a “whatif” article concerning what would have happened if Hitler had not attacked Russia in 1941. I am sure that we would not have been able to invade Normandy in 1944, or ever, if most of the German army was not being tied up in Russia.
In our March 2006 issue, our article “Hitler’s Worst Decisions” examined that and four other egregious blunders the Nazi dictator made that arguably lost Germany the war. That issue, and select others from before 2009, are available at a special discount price ($5.95, which includes shipping) at armchairgeneral.com.
ACG at Meuse-Argonne Monument
Greetings! I am a longtime subscriber and this photograph of me with the November 2012 issue of ACG is taken in front of the American Monument at Montfaucon, France, the site of very bloody fighting in the Meuse-Argonne campaign of World War I. The monument commemorates the entire September-November 1918 campaign.
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DONALD W. KILLMEYER
Killmeyer also suggested that ACG do an article on General Douglas MacArthur in World War I similar to the “Patton in World War I” article by Carlo D’Este in our March 2013 issue. That’s a great idea for a future issue!
Originally published in the July 2013 issue of Armchair General.