Medics in combat are often the unsung heroes. As one combat veteran said to us,
“I can’t speak highly enough about those guys. We could be under an intense artillery bombardment, they would hear a wounded man cry out and they would just get up and go without any fear for their personal safety.”
We had the great honor to meet one of those heroic men during the D-Day celebrations. Fred Morgan was a combat medic in the 505 p.i.r of the 82nd Abn. He dropped into Normandy with his buddies on D-Day and cared for the wounded at the battle of La Fiere Bridge, “The bloodiest small arms battle ever fought by the U.S Army." We cover this battle in our film, The Americans on D-Day.
Fred went on to care for the wounded in Holland and the Battle of the Bulge, before taking part in the final assault on the German Reich.
Notice the four bronze stars on Fred’s jump wings. Each star is an award for valor.