Army Tech. 5th Grade Harold A. Garman


By Shannon Collins

Medal of Honor recipient Army Technician 5th Grade Harold A. Garman
Medal of Honor recipient Army Technician 5th Grade Harold A. Garman

USA – -( As a combat medic in Planet War II, Army Technician 5th Grade Harold A. Garman dove into the Seine River in France to pull a boat of wounded soldiers to security amid enemy machine-gun fire.

Garman joined the Army in Albion, Illinois, in 1942. By Aug. 25, 1944, he was a private serving as a medic in Enterprise B, 5th Health-related Battalion, 5th Infantry Division in Montereau, France. For his actions that day, he received the Medal of Honor on March 29, 1945.

According to Garman’s Medal of Honor citation, the enemy opened fire with a machine gun on a boatload of wounded soldiers just as the boat reached the middle of the Seine. The guys in the boat jumped into the water — except for one particular, who was also badly wounded.

Two of these in the water could not swim due to the fact of their wounds, so they clung to the sides of the boat. When Garman saw the wounded soldiers have been in intense danger, he jumped into the river and towed the boat to security as the Germans continued to fire.

“This soldier’s heroism not only saved the lives of the 3 individuals, but so inspired his comrades that added boats have been instantly procured and the evacuation of the wounded resumed,” the citation continued.

Garman died at age 74 on Aug, 13, 1992, and is buried in Albion.

Did You Know?

Combat medics have been the initial to answer the get in touch with for help for the duration of the war. Their primary objective was to aid the wounded as immediately as doable and move the wounded away from the front lines. Medics would usually come beneath fire as they evaluated the patient, applied a tourniquet, administered morphine for discomfort, and cleaned wounds. When that occurred, the medics would drag the patient to security.

U.S. Army Combat medics help an injured soldier in France in 1944.
U.S. Army Combat medics aid an injured soldier in France in 1944: Combat medics wearing the Red Cross armbands place an IV into the arm of a soldier on the battlefield in France for the duration of Planet War II.

It is estimated that 830,000 medic cards have been distributed to personnel all through Planet War II. Physicians, dentists, nurses and combat medics, such as Garman, cared for about 14 million individuals for the duration of that time.

This write-up is element of a weekly series known as “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we highlight one particular of the a lot more than three,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor.

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