March 1944

Saving Lives in Bougainville

Volume 28, Issue 3

Amphibian Tractors Used to Remove Wounded

THE use of amphibian tractors to remove wounded Paramarines through swamps to field hospitals is credited with saving the lives of many troops in the battle for "Hill 1000" on Bougainville.

That method of transporting wounded, coupled with the speed with which the doctors and corpsmen evacuated the men, unfolds into a dramatic tale of almost superhuman effort and cooperation between a regimental surgeon and a Marine major. Only one wounded Marine was lost.

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