Medicine: By Short Wave

One night last week, while taking off from tiny Palmyra Atoll, 1,000 miles southwest of Hawaii, an Army C46 and its crew of six smashed into a reef. Radioman Buster Bailey, 19, reached for a fire extinguisher, found that he had no hand. He crawled from the burning plane into knee-deep water, stumbled and discovered that his right leg was gone, too. His fellow crewmen got him to shore and tied their belts around his bleeding stumps.

There was no doctor on the atoll (pop. 60)—but there was a radio ham, Steve Barnes. Barnes...

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