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1. Bob Huddleston <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. email@example.com 3. "Horky, Roger Karl" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 4. Larry A. Grant <email@example.com> 5. Tim Cooke <firstname.lastname@example.org> 6. daniel spector <email@example.com> 7. Charles Carlton <firstname.lastname@example.org> 8. David H. Olivier <email@example.com> 9. firstname.lastname@example.org 10. Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM> 11. "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Bob Huddleston <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Aside form the obvious one of Horatio Nelson, :>) World War II provided RAF pilot Douglas Bader. Take care, Bob Bob Huddleston <email@example.com> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- For the pre-1914 period Admiral Lord Nelson (who lost both an eye and an arm in separate combat incidents) is perhaps so well known as to be easily overlooked! In pre-modern navies the wooden-legged sailor is a cultural stereotype. On land, one thinks of Captain Danjou of the French Foreign Legion whose wooden hand became a quasi sacramental relic paraded annually in that unit to this day and Klaus von Stauffenberg of "Valkyrie" fame who had lost a lower arm, fingers on the other hand and an eye. In the air, there was Douglas Bader of the RAF who had lost both legs in a pre-war training accident but still flew Spitfires in combat during the Battle of Britain. Interestingly, the 2009 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal made use of an image of a young soldier still in uniform putting artificial legs on. There was also some UK press coverage late last year about the increasing problems the British army was experiencing in finding suitable non-combattant duties for disabled soldiers wishing to stay in the forces- a side effect of recent combat injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brian G H Ditcham email@example.com_ (mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org) email@example.com -----Message from: "Horky, Roger Karl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- A number of pilot amputees come to mind: The most famous would be Douglas Bader, a WWII flying ace with the RAF, who lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident. His story is told in a number of books, one of the best known of which is "Reach for the Sky" by Paul Brickhill. Bader's renown eclipses another RAF amputee pilot, Colin "Hoppy" Hodgkinson (for more, see discussions at >http://forum.keypublishing.co.uk/archive/index.php?t-22733.html< and >http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/stories/colin-hoppy-hodgkinson-2-kills-metal-legs-591.html<. He scored two victories in air-to-air combat and wrote a book called "Best Foot Forward.". Alexey Maresyev was another WWII pilot, in the Soviet V-VS. He has a wikipedia entry with links to other material: >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexey_Maresyev< The USAF currently has two amputees flying transports, Andrew Lourake >http://www.orthoticprostheticcenter.com/profile2.html< and Alan Brown >http://www.theodoresworld.net/archives/2009/04/maj_alan_brown_amputee_pilot_c.html<. Both have a number of websites describing their stories. One of the articles >http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=24627< about Lourake mentions the "24th Defense Department Disability Awards Ceremony and 17th Disability Forum," which would seem to be a good lead for the stories of other military amputees. All of the above lost all or part of their legs. Naval aviator Wynn Foster lost his right hand in Vietnam and successfully fought to remain on duty. His story is told in his book "Captain Hook." Investigation into the "Guinea Pig Club," an organization of military patients who underwent reconstructive plastic surgery, might also provide some leads. Many were returned to duty (although if any were amputees I cannot say). See the wikipedia article >http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinea_Pig_Club<, which notes that sixteen club members have written books about the experiences, including Richard Hillary, who returned to duty after suffering horrific burns in when his airplane was shot down over the north sea. Roger Horky PhD Student and Teaching Assistant History Department Texas A&M University College Station TX "Horky, Roger Karl" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Larry A. Grant <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- One of my favorite stories as a youngster was of the life of Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader. Bader lost both legs in the early '30s, but returned to flying and fought during WWII. He was shot down over France in 1941, losing one of his artificial legs in the process. The Germans permitted the Brits to drop a replacement, but when Bader tried to escape, the Germans threatened to take his legs away. He was eventually transferred to Colditz where he spent the rest of the war. Larry A. Grant Naval historian, j.g. Larry A. Grant <email@example.com> -----Message from: Tim Cooke <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- The most famous case, of which I am aware, is that of General Freddy Franks. LTG Frederick M. Franks commanded the VII Corps during Desert Storm after suffering a below-the-knee amputation of his left leg during Vietnam. He eventually retired as a full general. I was lucky enough to meet him in the 1980s, and my best friend served as his G-2 (Artillery) during the Gulf War. He's very personable and truly a soldier's soldier. Major (ret) T.S. Cooke, MMH Enumclaw, WA Tim Cooke <email@example.com> -----Message from: daniel spector <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Perhaps someone can get General Fred Franks (whom I greatly admire) to discuss his service after losing a foot in VietNam. Best Dan Spector daniel spector <email@example.com> -----Message from: Charles Carlton <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- What about Douglas Bader, the RAF fighter ace, who lost both legs in an accident, returned the the RAF in the second world war, fought in the Battle of Britain, led a Canadian Hurricane Squadron based at Duxford, was shot down over France, captured, tried to excape, and sent to Colditz? Interestingly his artificial legs saved his life. When his Spitfire was hit over France, one of his legs was trapped, adn the only way he could get out was by detaching it. He landed on one foot. There are numerous books on Bader, as well as a Film `Reach for the Sky'. He was also important as a proponet of the `Big Wing' tactic. Charles Carlton Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State University. Charles Carlton <email@example.com> -----Message from: David H. Olivier <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- Nic Clarke asked: "I looking for information on military personnel who have returned to active service after receiving wounds that required the amputation of one or more limbs. While I am interested to hear about all time periods, I am particulary interested 1914 onwards. I am aware of the recent cases of Capt. David Rozelle (US Army) and Capt. Simon Mailloux (CDN Army)." The best Second World War example I can think of was the British fighter ace Douglas Bader. He joined the RAF in 1928, but lost both legs after a aeroplane crash in 1931. He regained mobility thanks to a pair of "tin legs". He was retired in the mid-1930s, but returned to active duty during the War, being credited with 22.5 kills. In 1941, he was shot down (or collided with another plane) and was captured by the Germans. When bailing out of his plane, he lost one leg; the Germans allowed a British flight to drop by parachute a replacement leg. However, the Germans soon regretted it, because Baden attempted numerous escapes. Eventually, he was shipped to 'escape-proof' Colditz, where he remained until the prison was liberated. David H. Olivier Assistant Professor History & Contemporary Studies GRH 138 Wilfrid Laurier University Brantford Campus David H. Olivier <email@example.com> -----Message from: firstname.lastname@example.org----- > I looking for information on military personnel who have > returned to active service after receiving wounds that > required the amputation of one or more limbs. While I am > interested to hear about all time periods, I am particulary > interested 1914 onwards. While he didn't lose a limb, you might look into the exploits of one Col. Edward S. Hamilton (West Point 1939, I think), who lost an eye in combat in France during World War II. I'm not sure whether he returned to active military service, but he later went on to work for the CIA leading clandestine raiding parties into China, earning the nickname "The One Eyed Dragon." His exploits are chronicled in a couple of books, I'm not sure of the titles, but if you do a search on his name you should be able to easily find them, and I'm sure the library at West Point could provide information on him. Aaron Elson email@example.com -----Message from: Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM>----- I would say the most famous one is the highest decorated serviceman of Germany in WWII; Hans Ulrik Rudel. Copy from Wiki; "On 8 February 1945, a 40 mm shell hit his aircraft. He was badly wounded in the right foot and crash landed inside German lines. His life was saved by his observer Dr.med. Ernst Gadermann<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernst_Gadermann>who stemmed the bleeding, but Rudel's leg was amputated below the knee. He returned to operations on 25 March 1945, claiming 26 more tanks destroyed before the end of the war." There is a vid of him with his leg missing here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrdkvXzTRNA Best regards, Rasmussen, Palle, independant scholar, Ma Hist Palle Rasmussen <palle.rasmussen@GMAIL.COM> -----Message from: "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- For current lists of personnel you might check out the Army's "Wounded Warrior" program. http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ vr John T. Kuehn, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Military History Curriculum Developer Department of Military History U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth, KS "Present preparedness must not be sacrificed to an illusory future readiness. National emergencies cannot be foreseen and must be met by existing forces." The General Board of the Navy, January 1933 "Kuehn, John Dr CIV USA TRADOC" <email@example.com> ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----