War: Take It Easy, Mac

Edwin and Irwin Rietz, twins and 21, were drafted together a year ago in Rock Island, Ill. They were shipped to Korea together as medical corpsmen in the 40th Infantry Division. Neither got a chance to treat a battle case until Jan. 3, on the first anniversary of their induction.

That wintry morning, Corpsman Irwin Rietz was on duty in his first-aid station, close to the front line. Through the crump of enemy mortars, he heard a G.I. shout, "Medic . . . medic," and raced to the shallow trench where his first combat casualty lay. The wounded man's helmet had fallen...

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