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by PhM3 Bowers
Sun Apr 08, 2012 08:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The infamous Utah Beach Medic Bag
Replies: 8
Views: 13531

Re: The infamous Utah Beach Medic Bag

Gentlemen, I believe I may be able to make your day. Using the info provided, I looked through the Navy's Hospital Corps Handbook and found the answer to your question. The bag is a "Case, Canvas, Carrying" (Naval Supply Number 14-035). It's dimensions are listed as being 26x13x8 and it ho...
by PhM3 Bowers
Sun Sep 12, 2010 17:13
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 25188

Re: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc

Okay, you all have taken my comments way out of context and you can't seem to read what I've posted. I have never claimed medics in the ETO were armed on a large scale. I showed evidence of two regiments in one division. It wasn't a broad statement of medics, the ETO, paratrooper medics, or even par...
by PhM3 Bowers
Fri Sep 10, 2010 00:26
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 25188

Re: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc

This first example shows that he was issued one (As were the other medics. Note: A crate of 45s were brought to the airfield.) and traded it. The second example shows that the guy carried a carbine and trench knife into Normandy but ditched them when he knew he was surrounded and about to be captured.
by PhM3 Bowers
Thu Sep 09, 2010 18:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 25188

Re: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc

you own piece states that he traded his 1911 for a can of fruit! The medic who was interviewed specifically traded his for a can of fruit. That doesn't mean every medic did. Do you really honestly believe that every medic of the 505th traded it because one of them decided to? What is needed are fac...
by PhM3 Bowers
Wed Sep 08, 2010 15:48
Forum: Reference Topics
Topic: FMF Unit Contents
Replies: 0
Views: 5150

FMF Unit Contents

So for a little background, the Unit is the term given to a set of medical supplies. There were two main pouches used for carrying medical supplies. Naval Stock Number 14-280: Hospital Corps Pouch, Small: (http://wwiiimpressions.com/images/corpsmansbag1.JPG) These were carried inside of the larger U...
by PhM3 Bowers
Wed Sep 08, 2010 14:59
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 25188

Re: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc

The Corpsman could very well be holding the Marine's carbine. Not doubting that possibility. However it is well known and common for Docs to carry carbines in the Pacific. Now we come to the 82nd. I have two sources from vets showing evidence of them carrying weapons. Example A shows them being orde...
by PhM3 Bowers
Wed Sep 08, 2010 01:22
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc
Replies: 16
Views: 25188

Re: Myths about WWII Medicine, Medics, etc

Medics carrying weapons never happened? Medics in the 82nd Airborne were ordered to carry M1911A1s and many used the M1A1 carbine. The rest of the ETO, I'd say 99% probably didn't. In the Pacific theater the corpsmen routinely used M1911A1s and M1 carbines. Navy Corpsman in training in Hawaii, note ...

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