Friday, February 6, 2015

Wednesday Words: Medic! Corpsman!

Staff Sgt. “Buffalo” Bill Wheeler slung his army duffel over his shoulder, every inch a dignified soldier. Passing the baggage claim carousel, he stepped outdoors onto the cold cement where buses and taxis created clouds of diesel and roars of engines.

Sounds grabbed, yanking him back.  

Frenzied screams tore through the smoke.  “MEDIC!  Medic...Corpsman, over here!” Bill trudged through blood and blue shadows, searching for the sources of the screams.  

Looping around slopes and brush, he found his wounded comrades.  Gazing into the wounds, Bill realized most were almost dead.  Hang on, Private!  That’s an order, son!

Artillery explosions threw debris and billowing smoke filled the sky, sheltering them under the midnight sun.

“Hey! Staff Sgt!  Over here!  Corpsman!...”

A familiar voice pulled him back to the cold cement.  “Hey, there! Buffalo, you old man.” He hugged Staff Sgt. Bill.  “Why, you got yourself a new leg, dude!  Shiny thing, too.  And…” he looked at Buffalo’s face.  “Those scars make you look better.  Ladies like the scars, man…”

They walked on, Bill wondering if he would ever feel harmonious and safe with this new life.

These italicized and underlined words, sentence phrases are provided by Delores from Under the Porch Light.  Each Wednesday,  Delores provides six daunting words for any who wishes to participate in this writing challenge. Please visit her site by clicking on the shivering cardinals in the sidebar; you will find other writers who have taken different slants on these words!  You should be intrigued...


  1. Another great take on the words.

  2. The thoughts of so many as they return

  3. I was looking for this yesterday. And am very, very glad to read it today. A misunderstood and frightening reality for far too many.
    Thanks Susan.

  4. We saw "American Sniper" last week. The reality of war and its affect on the soldiers can not be diminished.

  5. Well done. As you say, it's truly hard to imagine what soldiers go through, either over there or back over here.

  6. That was a vivid passage. Nice job.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

    1. Thanks, Arlee. Being part of the Vietnam era, we saw the war on TV.

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    1. Thanks for reading this selection of WedWords.

  8. This one hit home just a little bit. My husband was in Desert Storm and it took awhile for him to get on the alert when he heard a backfire or random firework popping.

    1. God bless your husband. I wonder if wars ever leave the memories behind.


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