"The patient didn't have the 'gas
pains' which usually follow abdominal surgery. The rolling of the ship
apparently took care of that."
H. Wyler was that rare soldier who served tours of
duty in both major theaters of World War II, working as
ship's physician on a troop transport vessel. His often
colorful memoir, The Buzzard's Tale, changes only the names
of the men and the ship. Raised in Utah, Wyler had no desire
to go to sea, but the Army assigned him to the "Buzzard,"
which sailed the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific.
of taking on 700 Moroccan, Algerian, and Senegalese fighters
and their 85 female camp followers in Africa; a barroom
brawl in Marseilles; preventing theft of valuable medical
supplies headed for the black market; and transporting
German nationals out of China after the war.