Medic! How I Fought World War II with Morphine, Sulfa, and Iodine Swabs
Hymel, Kevin M., Army
Medic! How I Fought World War II With Morphine, Sulfa, and Iodine Swabs. Robert J. franklin. University of Nebraska Press. 151 pages; black and white photogniplis; $21.95
In World War 11, soldiers in the field looked upon medics as miracle men. They would endure any kind of fire to retrieve a wounded soldier and they could patch up anything. Their mere presence on the battlefield was enough to make a Gl feel that he was going to make it. But the world of the medic was one of stress, tension and fear.
Robert (Doc Joe) Franklin saved lives from Sicily through Italy to France and Germany as a medic with the 45th Infantry Division. He started the war with almost no training and learned life-saving by simply watching other, more experienced medics. He learned fast and eventually combined those lessons with common sense to patch up the injured, treat the sick and keep men alive.
Sicily was his classroom where, as a company medic, he saw men perceived as already too far gone die needlessly. By the time of the invasion of Italy and the Anzio landings, he was a pro; he had become a battalion medic, where he helped doctors develop a technique to provide IVs to soldiers in shock. …