Seery’s col­umn evoked some stir­ring mem­o­ries

The Citizen (KZN) - - Letters -

Hor­ror on Korean pi­lot’s face il­lus­trated the ef­fect of war, writes Cedric Ed­wards.

Bren­dan Seery’s col­umn in The Cit­i­zen of 3 Fe­bru­ary re­minds me of my army days, al­most 60 years ago. I did my time in the medics and part of the train­ing was a spell as an or­derly in the old No 2 Mil­i­tary Hospi­tal in Wyn­berg, Cape Town.

One of our pa­tients was a Korean war pi­lot who had strug­gled to es­cape from his burn­ing plane. He even­tu­ally got out and parachuted to safety. (Thanks to the se­nior Mr Seery?)

Un­for­tu­nately the ex­pe­ri­ence had a ter­ri­ble ef­fect on him and he be­came an al­co­holic.

Ev­ery now and then, when the de­men­tia got to him, he would re-en­act his es­cape, climb­ing out of his cot and try­ing to climb up the wall. He had to be se­dated and re­strained to stop him from hurt­ing him­self.

If you could see the hor­ror on his face, the panic and pain, you too would soon lose any be­lief you may have in the glory of war!

This year is the 80th an­niver­sary of The Bat­tle of Bri­tain.

Will any of our cur­rent penny ha’penny gen­er­als bother to visit St Cle­ment Danes? Do they even know what or where it is?

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