Often an unfair practice...
Just some thoughts:
Often they were ridiculed and called names. Names like chicken, sissies, more specifically, “pill pushers.” One in particular was called “Preacher.” Preacher Davis because of his religious convictions chose not to serve in the same military capacity in WWII that many others did. Preacher just could not bring himself to kill someone. One lieutenant said that often he and his platoon mildly despised the men of the Medical Corps because they were conscientious objectors. So often in WWII many fellow soldiers spoke harshly of those who chose to be a medic as Preacher did.
That all changed when something happened; combat. In combat they became loved, admired and respected.
know it, it was Doc. I was nineteen years old at the time.”
(Medic Buddy Gianelloni: Citizen Soldier-Stephen Ambrose)
“Doc Mellon was the bravest kid I ever saw. He came running right
through the machine-gun fire and put a tourniquet on my arm.”
(Private Mike DeBello: Citizen Solider-Stephen Ambrose)
“We had so much faith in our medics’ ability that we firmly
believed we would not die if they got to us in time.”
(Officer of the 90th Division: Citizen Solider-Stephen Ambrose)
Hum. It might be best to be careful about the use of labels. One never knows when they may have need of their services.
May 15, 2010