The Australian Veterans' Accounts
Kokoda Veterans' Video Interviews
...a platoon commander of 3rd Infantry Battalion, gives an account of being wounded at the Battle of Buna-Gona.
“He said he thought I was dead but in any case he'd patch me up. He got out what cat gut he had and sewed me up this entry hole here and then rolled me over and to his horror, I don't know whether you want me to read his words but he saw this bloody great hole in the back and horror of horrors no more cat gut. He said, ‘I did have half a dozen rusty safety pins in the bottom of my pouch. So I did what I could to patch you up with the pins and then the priest gave you the last rites and we had to leave you.’ Oh he got a couple of boongs to carry me back to our company headquarters and I was put with a couple of other boys who were dead, truly dead. Next morning they came, the doc came, and his sergeant said, ‘Hey sir this fella's just opened an eye.’”