Friday, July 19, 2013

Jul

19

1943

The wounded and dying of Oklahoma’s 45th Division

"Private Roy Humphrey is being given blood plasma by Pfc. Harvey White, after he was wounded by shrapnel, on 9 August 1943 in Sicily." Wever. 111-SC-178198.

He went from one doctor to another trying to get somebody to sign his card returning him to duty. The doctors explained patiently that if he returned to the front his wounds would become infected and he would be a burden to his company instead of a help. They tried to entice him by telling him there would be nurses back in the hospital. But in his peaceful Qklahoma drawl he retorted, “To hell with the nurses, I want to get back to fightin’.”