But they pulled it off. By the end of June , they admitted soldiers, and more than 1, in July. And thanks to advances like penicillin, the number of deaths from wounds was cut in half compared to the First World War.
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The large successes overseas turned out to be non-transportable to home, for countless of the Greatest Generation, and especially my grandfather. Though he returned to his growing family, he was upset that he was not among the many others who had returned the year before. He was slowly going blind — following the sudden onset of neuritis in his left eye.
While his dental practice was successful — he built a new house and purchased cars and boats — he was restless in the day and sleepless at night. He drove his cars fast and had nightmares. He turned, in part, to the sedatives he prescribed to his patients and died in a single-car accident 11 years after his return, just a day after the anniversary of his induction into the Army. I called Jonathan Shay, a psychiatrist at the Department of Veteran Affairs, who has written several books on trauma and veterans.
Shay said. It is horrific to think of what he likely had a steady diet of and could not get away from.
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I told Dr. Shay a story my grandfather had told my grandmother. He was walking outside when a shell exploded near him. He hit the ground and was covered in what appeared to be blood.
It turned out to be mud and water from the blast. I asked my great aunt about him. It really bothered him more than I had seen him bothered. In April , I attended a reunion of a dozen veterans from the th. One medical officer in his late 80s came from California.
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Then a nurse — Ariel Powers, she was from Cedar Rapids, Iowa — did a dance out by the statue on the lawn. It was unforgettable. Another veteran, from Michigan, said that when my grandfather, Dr. Felt, worked at the dental clinic with Dr.
Chott, he pulled a prank. One veteran came to the reunion from Philadelphia. On D-Day, he was painting a sign announcing a dance that Saturday night. The hospital had a stage, a movie theater and a nine-piece dance orchestra.
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