NY Times: A medic's day - bandages & prayers for platoon
Wednesday November 1, 2006
Reporter C.J. Chivers writes a stark, no holds barred account of a day in the life of a Marine medic, in an article set to appear in the Thursday edition of the New York Times.
Chivers tells of his experience being alongside Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin E. Kirby, a trauma medic assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. "Everyone calls him Doc," writes Chivers. "He had just finished treating a Marine who had been shot by an Iraqi sniper."
After a dramatic telling of how Kirby tried to save the life of his fellow Marine, Chivers writes in chilling detail how the medic manages in his own way to stave off the emotional pain of what he encounters on a regular basis in Iraq.
It is a powerful report about the struggles and the fortitude of American soldiers in the heart of combat. The full story can be read here (registration restricted).
EXCERPTS FROM THE ARTICLE CAN BE READ HERE