World War II in the Aleutians - Shemya (APO 729)
January 26, 1943 to January 27, 1946
1. Recap of Army Facilities
7. My Outfit
8. My Buddies
THE ARMY MEDICAL EXPERIENCE
DENTISTS - - - - - I'm not sure whether Army dentists were given strict
orders to use novocaine, only for extractions, or that they were all sad
sadists who were mad that the war tore them away from a fledgling
practice. In any case, there were routine exams (about each year) which
were followed by momentous excavation-type activity on our molars
If sudden overseas orders came through for a group, army regulations
mandated that all men due to sail at the next morning must
have their teeth worked on before leaving.
Imagine a dozen Army Dentists, roused out of bed at to take
care of these 60 or 80 non-paying patients. They were unhappy drillers.
Overseas, before the luxury of electricity, another army torture device,
similar to bicycle pedals was designed for the patient to activate the
drill by pumping away - - - sometimes not the speed that suited the
guy holding the drill.
SURGERY - - - - - My only serious surgical procedure involved an
anesthetic, injected into the base of my spine, the needle of which I
estimated was 12" long.
When an Army Surgeon says "this may smart a bit", it's best to hold
on to the gurney very tightly - - - or you may go right through a wall!
What we don't do for our country! The redeeming side of this tale is
that I got to within a few feet of a female nurse - the first
time in 26
The next morning, an Orderly advised me that
this wing of the hospital
swab the deck. I
said fine - - - first get me some crutches, clean up
I won! Besides, I out-ranked him.
© Wally Nadel 2007
Dr. Will R. Eubank - Adak 1943 Map of Alaska