Combat Medic: World War II

Combat Medic: World War II

by John A. Kerner, John A. Kerner


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Over fifty years after the carnage at Normandy, Dr. John Kerner draws from his wartime journals and letters home to present an insightful portrait of war. Medical units under his charge pushed through western Europe, improving the treatment and transportation of the wounded during some of the most brutal fighting. Amidst the mud and blood of combat, this decorated medical officer shares a time and place when living beyond each day was in serious question. Kerner's account includes some of the greatest moments in World War II: the dramatic breakout of the Normandy hedgerow country, the thrilling dash across France in the summer of 1944, and the siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge.

Kerner recounts the chaos of ferrying wounded soldiers from an advancing front line back to the secure main encampments in the rear. It was a situation where the threat of encounters with enemy soldiers attempting to link up with their own troops could occur at any moment, with "shoot first ask questions later" consequences.

Kerner's saving of lives, often with improvised methods, supplies, and shots and shells flying overhead, is a gripping account of one man's noble humanity in the middle of horrifying inhumanity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887393969
Publisher: Creative Arts Book Company
Publication date: 04/01/2002
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.94(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Called Up1
Chapter 2Training7
Chapter 3On Leave17
Chapter 4The Voyage Over21
Chapter 5Bodmin31
Chapter 6Invasion41
Chapter 7Organization53
Chapter 8Battalion Surgeon57
Chapter 9Child Birth71
Chapter 10The Men of The Second Battalion77
Chapter 11Mortain87
Chapter 12Letter to Dorothy93
Chapter 13Le Mans95
Chapter 14Chateaudun99
Chapter 15Travel Across France107
Chapter 16Nancy115
Chapter 17Lorraine127
Chapter 18Bastogne135
Chapter 19Roer147
Chapter 20Paris161
Chapter 21Rhine173
Chapter 22To Meet The Russians181
Chapter 23Occupation191
Chapter 24Agi209
Chapter 25Norfolk223
Chapter 26Lucky Strike239
Chapter 27Home253

What People are Saying About This

Robert B. Jaffe

In this fascinating memoir, Kerner has catalogued his amazing, often harrowing and disturbing experiences in World War II in a gripping and moving, yet straightforward and understated manner. It is a remarkable achievement by a man whose life is marked by achievement.
— Fred Gellert Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Biology, USF

Merla Zellerbach

This book is a fascinating record of some wonderful—and not so wonderful experiences, as told by a keen and sensitive participant.
— author of Rittenhouse Square


Combat Medic is a page turner... It is a miracle that I have this manuscript to read, that you lived to write it.
— USF, Fromm Institute

Dianne Feinstein

Here in Combat Medic we see a bright and talented young physician transformed into a front line battlefield medic in the greatest battle of WWII, the Normandy Invasion. In this personal reflection, his heart and courage are played out with genuine humanity.
— United States Senator

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