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1. James Sterrett <firstname.lastname@example.org> 2. "Horky, Roger Karl" <email@example.com> 3. Mac McIntosh <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----Message from: James Sterrett <email@example.com>----- We probably shouldn't forget Adrian Carton de Wiart, whose loss of an eye and an arm don't seem to have slowed him down appreciably for the rest of WW1, the Russo-Polish War, or WW2. A decent synopsis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrian_Carton_de_Wiart His memoir, "Happy Oddysey", is an entertaining read. -- James Sterrett firstname.lastname@example.org James Sterrett <email@example.com> -----Message from: "Horky, Roger Karl" <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- I can't believe I forgot Rudel in my last message! Here are some more: Peter Stuyvesant, who lost a leg fighting the Spanish on St Martin (the limb is said to have been buried with full honors). Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, who lost a leg during the Pastry War (his prosthetic became a trophy during the Mexican-American War). Daniel Inouye lost his right arm in Italy in 1945 but remained in the Army until 1947. I am not sure what he did during those two years but he was discharged as a captain.. John Wesley Powell lost an arm at Shiloh but continued to serve in the Civil War. He later led surveying expeditions to the American west. Don Blas de Lezo lost a leg, an arm, and an eye in the service of the Spanish navy yet led the defense of Cartagena, which preserved Spanish empire in the New World. One would imagine that had Stonewall Jackson survived his injury and amputation, he would have been allowed to remain in service. Donald "Deke" Slayton and James Doohan both were military pilots with missing fingers. Slayton went on to become a spaceman and Doohan played one on TV. In recent years: Johnathan Holsey lost his leg in Afghanistan, remained in the army and completed training to become a Warrant Officer. Scott Blaney is a British soldier injured in Afghanistan who now serves in the Queen's Guard and hopes to return to combat. John Fairfax has become a jumpmaster. "Fort Bragg Soldier becomes the first amputee to complete Jumpmaster Course" http://www.army.mil/-news/2009/03/03/17693-fort-bragg-soldier-becomes-the-first-amputee-to-complete-jumpmaster-course/ see also "Amputee soldiers go back on duty," an AP story by Michelle Roberts dated 31 May 2007. http://184.108.40.206/stories/053107/texas_20070531003.php the February 1995 issue of Military Medicine (v160, n2) has an article called "Amputee soldiers and their return to active duty." see also the abstract of a presentation given at the 2009 Texas Orthopaedic Association http://www.toa.org/09-TOA-AM/pdfs/TOAAnnualMeetingProgram2009-21.pdf Apparently, the US Army has a procedure for amputees to apply for reinstatement: see http://www.amputee-coalition.org/military-instep/returning-to-duty.html. This implies that the what was once decided on a case-by-case basis is now routine. This could be interpreted as: * evidence of political correctness/egalitarianism at its best (or worst) * symbolic of the triumph of the human spirit and recent remarkable advances in medical technology * a sign of a desperate army stretched thin trying not to lose any more assets. * (or, for the really cynical, an attempt to keep wounded soldiers off of civvy street, where they would frighten the children and encourage the peaceniks) Roger Horky PhD Student and Teaching Assistant History Department Texas A&M University College Station TX "Horky, Roger Karl" <email@example.com> -----Message from: Mac McIntosh <firstname.lastname@example.org>----- One of the more famous Amputees was Zinovi Pechkoff, the elder brother of Yakov Sverdlov and adopted son of Maxim Gorky . When WWI broke out he was living in exile on the Isle of Capri with Gorky . He joined the French Army and in his first major engagement in May 1915 he was seriously wounded and had his right arm amputated. He went on to an action filled life and became a 4 Star General and a leading French Diplomat . He died in 1966 at age 82. Mac McIntosh Bluff, New Zealand Mac McIntosh <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 -----