USS CORRY (DD-463) Survivors' First-hand Accounts of D-Day
(*Awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroic service*)
I was the physician on board and my two corp men joined me amid ship where we splinted major fractures (one man with a left lower leg and right thigh, one with both legs, one with left thigh, etc.) and carried men who had been badly burned by super-heated steam from boilers and burning oil. We put all of them into a life boat—all within about ten minutes before the ship sank. I was wading in water up to my knees before leaving.
My corp men were awarded the Bronze Star medal for "heroic service." My citation read in part as follows:
"Courageous and selfless in the performance of duty, Lt. Andersen remained to the last aboard the sinking vessel, working desperately to save the wounded, even though the word had been given to abandon ship. Despite the grueling strain of the continuous shelling from hostile shore batteries during the prolonged period in the water and although suffering from exposure, he carried on valiantly for another 30 hours in the steadfast and tireless administration of the injured."
I was finally able to sleep after 72 continuous hours without rest. There’s no doubt that this experience put some things into perspective for me that had not been there before.
Howard Andersen, M.D.
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