A bright sunny day, and we've spent it moving again. I sure did hate to leave my nifty little fox-hole that I worked so
hard on, but then, I've spent the day today making another one just about as good. This region we're in now gives
promise of being completely quiet and you might even say safe, - or dull, depending on the point of view. Anyway, I hope we
stay here, as I'm plenty fed up with packing and unpacking, and digging and undigging.
I think now I can tell you a little about the early days on the beach. On June 7 we arrived off the British beachhead from
which they were attacking Caen. The channel crossing was calm. A solid bridge of boats of all sizes shuttling back and forth.
We staid aboard that night, and there was considerable activity overhead that night. The next morning, we sailed toward our
landing area on the extreme rt-wing of the American beach out along the peninsula. Thus we had a birdseye view of the entire
length of the landing operations - the thousands & thousands of boats, navy vessels from battleships to E boats, LST,
LSI's, landing craft of all sorts. Not all of them were afloat, and the noise of the naval barrages was deafening at times.
That night, i.e., D 2, we went ashore on an LCT, wading in up to our waists in the late evening. We dug in on the beach, wet
& cold. The next three days we worked like beavers at various places. It was a hot spot then, as we are only about 1/2
mile from the flank. The details I'll tell you some day, but all I know is that I never want to look up from the operating
table again and see a neat little row of holes appear in the tent! The first morning, we hit the dirt in the O.R. when they
came over, but when I saw the patient lying on the table with his hands over his face just sweating it out, I resolved that
never again would I duck and leave the patient with the feeling of helplessness and desertion. Nor have I since.
Now, and for the past several days, we are working with a field hospital. We're all back of the lines and away from military
objectives. The outfit we're with is a swell bunch of fellows, and our set-up is ideal. We get the non-transportable injured,
and hence have wonderful operative material. I couldn't be more pleased with the whole set-up.
Well, must stop now, as it's time for chow and then some rest.