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Publication: Abilene Reporter News March 24, 1944

Abilene Reporter-News, The (Newspaper) - March 24, 1944, Abilene, Texas RED CROSS WAR FUND CAMPAIGN BOX SCORE County quota Gtfri Mi morning Contribntioni to dote VOL. LXIH, NO. 282 gfiilene Reporter WITHOUT OR WITH OFFENSE TO FRIENDS OR I'OES WE SKETCH YOUR WORLD EXACTLY AS IT GOW-Bvon MORNING A TEXAS NEWSPAPER ABILENE, TEXAS, FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 1944 PAGES Associated. Preu UP) Vnlled Frew (V.f.) PRICE FIVE CENTS Doctors Give Little Attention to Wounded Allies, 36th Soldier Learns By WALTER R. HUMPHREV Ttmplt Dally Telegram Written For the Associated Press TEMPLE. March 23 -HV- The first 36th division soldier to be re- patriated from Germany has ar- rived al McCloskey General hospi- tal here, his right arm amputated H the shoulder. He Is Pvt. James E. Carpenter of Jewell, who served with the U2nd Infantry in the landing at Salerno last Sept. 9. He got back to New York a week aboard the Swedish Steamer sholm. His story ot adventure and suf- fering. with his experiences in- side Germany, following: "At 8 a. m., on Monday the 13th, Grip a shell fragmentation from it Ger- man 88mm, shell tore my right arm Ux> Inches below the shoulder. The pain was excruciating and the blood gushed through the severed artery. I crawled through a shallow depression nearby and by lying on my left side I attempt- ed to stem (he flow of blood. I fourid by grasping my right shoul- der firmly beneath the arm pit I couid stop the bleeding to some extent. For six hours; I lay In that position awaiting the worst." "In the meantime the Germans, sensing an American retreat, mov- ed some 2CO yards nearer the Am- erican lines and dug In. At 2 o'clock that afternoon I was discovered by two German foot soldiers, t w.is so weak from loss of blood that the Germans had to carry me to the top of the hill where I was given first aid treatment by two American medical soldiers from the 3Gth division who had been taken prisoners. T-5 Smith of Wea- Ihcrford, Tex., and the o'.hcr medic whose name I can't remem- ber applied sulfa powder and ster- ile bandages to the mangled limb and carried me a half mile down the other side of the mountain to a temporary shelter housing some 20 other 36th division prisoners." "I would have certainly died had it not been for Cpl. Smith and the other medic. 1 might mention that Smith also suffered A slight shoulder wound at the time. I received no attention the German first aid station except for the care received from the Am- erican medical soldiers. About t a. m. Tuesday I was put aboard a German truck and taken to a field hospital. When we finally arrived at the field hospital 1 was placed on a piece of canvas which was ly- ing on the ground. My clothes and the bandage were bloodsoaked. "I lay In tlfat position until eve- ning when was taken to a small shack being utilized e.s a hospital. I had not received bbod plasma or a blood transfusion. Chlorfojm was administered and a German surgeon amputated the arm. leaving two-inch slump. They had car- ried me back to my canvas bed on the ground and I was nearly dead I (or lack of water. I also realized thai the abndagc had fallen oft my r.rm and it was bleeding profusely again. My friend Cpl. Smith, clean- ed up the wound as best he could, applied more sulfa powder, put on a fresh dressing, and produced shot of morphhfe from some place. Following-the sedative I fell asleep land restpr! al day Wednesday, "Cermin doctors would come by occasionally and look >l Ihr German patients but 1 Cin'l rf- nienjber Ilieir looking at any of us. That night ill f.l American paltenls were piltd in truck >nd were taken to a sorl concentration camp. There were sortie 600 prisoners there and should judge that two-thirds of Ihem nrre 36lh dhlslci, mm. "We were taken to shed and were allowed to lie on gunny sacks which were thrown on the ground. "First LI. Leonard E. Kramer of Paterson, N. J., medical officer, entered the picture. He. too. had been wounded In the leg and arm by a hand grenade but his energy was really amazing. After we ar- rived m 9 a. in. on Friday, the lieutenant gathered all first aid equipment from the American sold- iers who were taken prlsonm and scl up a small hospital of his nwn. .Most of the medical klt.i came from paratroopers. Lt. Kremer maintained a constant vigil over all 22 of us. Carpetiler slated that Capt. Bonds, member of the Mexia na- tional guaid company, took charge of Hie culinary department. 'mere was plenty of goat meat, and tin cans and hctr.teli were used as food containers. "At noon the next day. we were again placed In a truck and taken to anoiher field hospital some 17b miles from Rome. There the first German doctor examined by ampu- tation. We were kept al this place for hours and loaded Into the li neks again and taken into Home. "The next day we were put aboard R Red Cioss train nnd left Rome. We rode nil that day, that night, the next day, the nejft night, and early the next morning arriv. Ing in Germany on Sept. 13. Wn were taken to -Munich. "From Munich we weie pui aboard a bus and taken to a Ger- man hos-m'tal some 15 miles from lhat city. There were a number of American and English pallemj here. The hospital was supervised by German doctors but. American and English medical officers ad- minlstcied to Ihe patients. Lt. Krcmer was kept along with tho rest, of us but my two medical com- rades from the 35lh were takeri way Ihe next day and placed in a. prisoner of war camp. I received expert attention from both English and American doctors' Japanese Gain in India, Allies at Wewak freighters, Other Ships Shelling ALLIED HEADQUAR tfjTERS, Southwest Pacific, Fri- day, March (AP) Army

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Publication: Abilene Reporter News

Location: Abilene, Texas

Issue Date: March 24, 1944