It's Your Life : A Visit to an Army Hospital

Wounded soldiers use wheelchairs and crutches until they learn how to walk with a synthetic limb. Private First Class, Charles Woody walks on crutches. Walter Reed Military Hospital. December 8, 1950.

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Visit to one of the Army's great hospitals.

Interview with Commanding General and head of hospital, Don Herbert. Herbert describes the size and capabilities of the hospital - this hospital has 1600 beds, but can be made to handle more patients if need be. He speaks about the various departments of the hospital.

Next, and interview with an Army nurse who was in a hospital that was attacked during the war. She describes the chaos during the shelling of the post-op tent. Some patients were killed, the rest were evacuated to another hospital. She was the only nurse for 30-40 patients, she moved some to the ground and covered others with mattresses to protect them against the falling debris. For her bravery she received a silver star.

Finally, there is an interview with a man about a vehicle that is modified for use by a disabled veteran.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 8647