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Title:
Many Days of Rain
Date:
1943 November
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After many days of rain, even four wheel drive wouldn’t get you out of this sticky mud. That morning, we had to push out six ambulances before breakfast; my assignment was to go in for an attack with the tanks, something I dreaded even in good weather.

It was on that morning that a motorcycle messenger came skidding up from AFS HQ with a cablegram for me, saying I had been admitted to Harvard Medical School. It was like a distant dream from another world. I put it in my pocket and forgot it. I remember doubting that I would even survive that day. I blocked out the impossible dream of ever getting home and becoming a doctor.

I didn’t know it at the time, but I was coming down with Infectious Hepatitis which most of our unit got, probably from the polluted water. After a few weeks of hospitalization and rest, I returned to our platoon.

(Photo of me, by a friend with my camera.)

Location: Ambulance Leaguer, San Vito.

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Scanned by John C. Cobb or Picture Perfect ca. 2002-2004.
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