Gary Cooper salutes a navy hero

Sunday, Sept. 10, 1944

Daddy’s been busy all day correcting final exams and Mommy’s fishing things out of the bags we’ve already packed. We move tomorrow at noon. Mommy’s also trying to write a letter home every day to keep everyone’s spirits up back east. She told them that last night we all went to watch “The Story of Dr. Wassell” with Gary Cooper. I slept through it but Mommy says it’s about a Corydon M. Wassell, a doctor in the Navy, who saved 12 wounded men while the Japanese were advancing on Java. Apparently Cecil B. DeMille heard President Roosevelt’s speech on the radio about the rescue and decided to make a film about it. Here’s the President’s citation:

“For especially meritorious conduct, devotion to duty, and utter disregard of personal safety, while in imminent contact with enemy forces and under attack from enemy aircraft, in caring for and evacuating the wounded of the United States Navy under his charge in Java, Netherlands East Indies, about March 1, 1942.”



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