My Military Experiences in World War II
Written and read by Dr. Paul Dunn
Paul Dunn had dreamed of being a pilot until he went on a hospital tour with his sister and knew that being a doctor was his destiny. But how could he afford medical school? It was the Depression and he was working in a bank.
When WWII started Dunn saw his opportunity to get medical training. He started taking first aid courses and decided to enlist in some kind of medical corps. Dunn chose the Navy Hospital Corps rather than the Army Medical Corps. “I was going to be really smart,” he said, “none of this foxhole infantry life for me.”
Things didn’t quite work out the way he planned. He ended up a Marine Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima, February 19–March 26, 1945.