If you’ve never heard of Michael Yon, you should read him. He’s a civilian reporter, embedded in Iraq. Some of his past posts are amazing, and his photographs have been published all over the Internet. I use the one below without permission, but with full credit to Michael. Hopefully the fact I am using it in a post about him makes it OK.
If you haven’t read his stories before, start with Gates of Fire – an amazingly personal and compelling first person account of the battlefield.
Michael’s latest post, cited here, and linked below, starts talking of a combat medic – a position very dear to my heart, having served as a Navy Corpsman assigned to a Marine unit.
My medical kit is packed with various bandages, tourniquet, and a blood coagulant toxic to people with shellfish allergies. One type of coagulant is poured into a wound to sort of burn the bleeding shut. Combat medics usually are quick to give classes if they sense a question. Mike Wooley didn’t wait for questions before giving last minute medical instructions, along the lines of, “And if you get shot tonight . . . do this. . . .” Within three to four minutes of meeting me, Wooley had already inventoried my allergies, asked what kind of medical kit I carried, and issued emergency medical instructions. All while squaring away my night-vision gear. The man’s natural talent for multi-tasking no doubt serves him well for triage.