| Pfc James
U.S. Army, Mountain Maneuvers Special Troop #1686
My name is James T. Moon 3422069 I was born in
Lula, Georgia on June 4, 1913. I enlisted in the Armed Services
at Ft. Benning, Georgia. From there I went to Ft. McClellan, Alabama
and on to Indian Town, Pennsylvania where I joined the Infantry.
Mountain Maneuvers Special Troop #1686. From there onto Ft. Meade,
Maryland and to Oakland, California. I boarded a ship in Oakland
to go to Brisbane, Australia and onto the New Guinea Jungles with
the 870th Batallian for three years.
I was a Medic and Cook and helped with the building
of airstrips. While in the jungles I crawled a mile or more through
the jungles to shoot at the Japanese which was my only time on the
front lines. In the jungles were the biggest snakes that I had ever
seen before or since! I used what medical skills that I had to patch
up the wounded. One time I attached an arm as best as I could, using
a regular needle and thread and pouring alcohol over the wound.
This soldiers arm had been cut to the bone by a Japanese soldier.
A lot of my medical knowledge was taught to me by my Mother who
was a midwife and knew a little about all types of medicine.
I remember when Gen. Douglas McArthur announced
his support for The Australian Government. This was that no more
African-American troops would be sent to Australia during World
War 2. There was talk about trouble but I never saw it.
I remember one of the best times that I had during
the war. It was when John Wayne, the actor, camped in a tent near
mine. He gathered us all around a campfire and talked with us most
of the night. We went into Australia for R&R every so often.
I was well treated by the Australian people.
James T. Moon
as told to Iris Thompson Fry.