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WWII Medic Recalls Treating Tankers: 'They Were The Toughest Guys In The Army'

World War II Veteran Robert Yuhas recalls treating wounded armored personnel in August 1944.

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"The men were coming out of the tank and I'm just green, I'm brand new, I'm looking at my first combat."

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I never will forget the first one, he was a tanker. To me they were the toughest guys in the army, the tankers. He had, his tank was on fire and the men were coming out of the tank and I'm just green, I'm brand new, I'm looking at my first combat and they're coming toward me and they bring the captain out the tank and he had his leg blown off. And we put a tourniquet on it and his stump was smoking and he said that's like hanging a man, after he said, straighten out my leg. And he looked to be a very handsome man but he was burned and I wondered afterward. But the other tankers that we treated with a salve on their burns they would lift their hands up in the air so that there hands wouldn't touch their body, their arms, and never a whimper, they took it.