Seery’s column evoked some stirring memories
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?