Letters to home, from three unknown sailors, included the following observations on July 16th and 17th, 1943:
"All during the operation, we kept right on our course, and didn't lose time or distance. So, Mom, you can see that they take very good care of us when we are on ship, and you and the other mothers who have sons in the Navy don't have a thing to worry about."
"The doctor completed the operation 1 hour after he started. The guy is feeling swell now. Last night I went to sick-bay for something to get rid of this cold of mine. The Pharmacist's Mates were cleaning up the tools that they had used in the operation. They sure seem to have everything. I've never seen so many funny looking, odd shaped, but evidently very useful gadgets in all my life. (By the way, my cold is cured.)"
Lt. George Johnson (on the right) is assisted by
PhM3c Albert Brody* as they remove a shell fragment from a patient in October 1944.
* PhM3c Albert Brody was mortally wounded when a 3rd suicide plane hit the USS BUSH on April 6, 1945.
|Joe Pelnar, PhM1c, Scrubs for Operation in Sick-Bay.|
|NOTE: Joe Pelnar received a Bronze Star for his actions on April 6, 1945. The citation read in part, "During repeated enemy strafing and suicide attacks, PELNAR aided in tending the wounded and evacuating casualties until the order to abandon ship was given. One of the last to leave the ship, he rallied the men on his floater net and aided one who could not swim. His courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."|
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