James Jordan's Wartime Service
A Navy Medic
"He got no sleep. They kept a cigarette in his mouth, and when it was time to eat, he just ate sandwiches."
"But he was also sitting out on the water when they raised the flag on Iwo. Out in-- on the carrier. Half of the carrier medics went to the shore. Half of them were killed. And then after the war – after they raised the flag, he went and picked up survivors.
He did the suture. The doctor would take care of whatever, and then they'd shove him over, and he went two or three days without food. Somebody would hold a sandwich, and he'd bite it, and that's how much – He got no sleep. They kept a cigarette in his mouth, and when it was time to eat, he just ate sandwiches, and they held it out so he could bite it and eat it. That's how busy they were.
And he was constantly suturing."