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Treating Wounded at Casualty Clearing Posts

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Treating Wounded at Casualty Clearing Posts

Each infantry unit had its own stretcher bearers and its own medics, but we had to go right to that point to receive them and take them back to the casualty clearing post. There’s a regimental assist post, usually a dug out or tent or whatever depending on the terrain, and that’s where they get immediate assistance. We pick them up with a jeep ambulance and transport them back to what’s called a casualty clearing post. And it’s fundamentally first aid at that stage. The hard part again as a young fellow was to imagine that you would treat the least injured quicker than most that were severely injured. That was hard to understand, but those that were least seriously wounded were able to get back into action, so the focus was there.

Mr. Este explains the set up for treating the wounded, the focus being on treating the least wounded so they could get back into action.

Gus Este

Mr. Gus Este was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1931. He is the oldest child with two brothers and two sisters. His father worked as a porter on Canadian Pacific Railways. After attending school and achieving grade 11, Mr. Este decided to find employment onboard ships as a skipper. In 1950, Mr. Este made the decision to join the Canadian Army Special Force obtaining medical assistant trades with training in Camp Borden. He then went to Seattle, Washington and received advanced training in the medical field and gave service during the Korean War effort as a medical assistant. He was discharged from the service and worked at Canada Post for three years. Mr. Este later decided to re-join the service in postal corp and held rank of Major participating in tours to Egypt and Germany. In 1987, he retired with recognition of 33 years of military service.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
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Gus Este
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Korean War
Canadian Army Special Force
Medical Assistant

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