NINE WOUNDED VETERANS ARE SKETCHED BY HOWARD BRODIE

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NINE WOUNDED VETERANS ARE SKETCHED BY HOWARD BRODIE

Sgt. Howard Brodie, YANK staff artist, drew these portraits of convalescing veterans from Africa, the South Pacific, Burma and Bataan in the Army’s Halloran General hospital, Staten Island, N.Y., and the Navy’s Oak Knoll Hospital at Oakland, Calif. Brodie found the more badly veterans to be the most cheerful. Like Sgt. Jones, the Marine shown at right who lost both arms and one leg, they consider themselves very lucky to be alive. Lots of them, such as Chief Murphy, the Navy man, want more than anything else to get back into active duty again.



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Pvt. Abe Miller, a former steel worker in New York, whose arm bone was shattered by a stray bullet on a beach at Sicily where he landed on the first day of the invasion as a truck driver in a Quartermaster unit. The would gave him a chance to see his new daughter, who was born while he was overseas.

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Sgt. Theodore Jones, a marine from Lake Mills, Wis., lost both arms and one leg at Guadalcanal but he says, “I was lucky not to lose my other leg.” He hitchhikes frequently from Oak Knoll to Oakland on 24-hour passes to visit his wife.

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T/Sgt. Floyd Sullivan, an artilleryman who was bayoneted by the Japs at Bataan, later escaped to Corregidor before it fell. Now he is a medic at Halloran Hospital, where he is still treated for wounds. He does not discuss Bataan.



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Cpl. Joe Sakasitz of Nazareth, Pa., lost both arms at El Guettar, Tunisia. Nazi dive-bombers drove some tanks off a road at night into the area where his antiaircraft batter was bivouacked. One of the tanks ran over Saksitz during the action.

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Sgt. John Russell, a motorized cavalryman from New York, who served two and a half years overseas, was strafed by a Messerschmitt while riding in a jeep on the road to Fondue during the Tunisian campaign early last winter.

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T/Sgt. Ray A. Lent, Air Force photographer, is now recuperating in Texas. His left forearm was smashed beyond repair and his right side was wounded when a flock of Japanese Zeroes attacked his plane over Rangoon, Burma, last February.



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W.A. Murphy, Navy chief, lost his right leg and had 25 operations and 90 transfusions as a result of wounds in the Battle of Savo Island last November. The doctor says he owes his life to penicillin. He wants to stay on active duty.

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Pfc. Lloyd Gunnels, a marine from Texas, moved forward alone during a rest period at Guadalcanal, walked into a Jap outfit and opened fire rather than lead them back to his resting unit. He fired 100 rounds before he was encircled and hit in the face, losing his right eye and the bridge of his nose.

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Pvt. Leo Sanders of Tacoma, Wash., came to Halloran Hospital from Africa with one finger missing, a fractured arm and gunshot wound in his wrist. Now he is recuperating at the Army General Hospital, Atlantic City. “As far as Africa’s concerned, he says, “Sherman surely hit the nail on the head.”



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