Oral history interview with Victor Adair 1999. (Archival material, 1999) [WorldCat.org]
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Oral history interview with Victor Adair 1999.

Author: Victor Adair; McIntosh, James F.,; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : VHS tape : English
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Victor "Bob" Adair, a Monona, Wisconsin native, discusses his Army service as a medic in post- World War II Germany and service with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He talks about why he volunteered, medical training at Fort Sam Houston (Texas) and caring for World War II veterans in the psychiatric ward of a military hospital in Germany. He touches on socializing with a German family  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Victor Adair
Material Type: Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Victor Adair; McIntosh, James F.,; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 188042915
Event notes: Interviewed by James F. McIntosh in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999.
Description: sound recording : 1 audiocassette (approximately 50 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips videocassettes : 1 videocassette (approximately 50 min.) ; sound, color ; 1/2 in. Master sound recording : 1 audiocassette (approximately 50 min.) : analog, 1 7/8 ips Transcript : 39 pages
Details: VHS-C format.

Abstract:

Victor "Bob" Adair, a Monona, Wisconsin native, discusses his Army service as a medic in post- World War II Germany and service with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. He talks about why he volunteered, medical training at Fort Sam Houston (Texas) and caring for World War II veterans in the psychiatric ward of a military hospital in Germany. He touches on socializing with a German family and his hospital duties, which included giving shock therapy. Retrained as a combat medic, Adair was transferred to Korea and details the combat movements of his Infantry unit and an attack by the Chinese near the Yalu River where he was separated from his unit for three days. He comments on Army medical care including treating white phosphorus burns, carrying wounded across active battlefields, caring for a wounded Chinese, and delivering the baby of a Korean woman. He declares there was a shortage of medics because they were too eager to help and often were killed. He relates suffering phosphorus burns, pneumonia, and a bayonet cut on his hand that he sewed up himself. Adair speaks of the survival techniques developed by combat medics, news reporters looking for stories at the front line, discharge from service, work at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison (Wisconsin), and quitting the Veterans of Foreign Wars

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