Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The POW Diary of John Teune: At the Hospital with the Other American Pilots

The Teune brothers in their Army Air Corps uniforms. John is second from right.

We were treated good in the hospital. The wound pains were bad, but we had new dressing each morning for 14 days. I received shots to sleep the first few nights. The food was not so good. Ed, who had a cut on the leg was up and around. Mariolos was OK. John Palm got around with a wooden leg and Williams' burns were almost healed. We stayed up late at night and got up late in the morning. We usually had eggs which were friend with spuds about four mornings a week. The eggs were purchased by Palm or were gifts from some Romanian friends. We listened to John's radio, a gift from an American girl who was a Romanian citizen. Mary Metree worked for Romano Americano Refinery. She baked delicious pies for us, butterscotch cream, also brought other foodstuff and sometimes some good wine. Sometimes we didn't trust the drinking water. I couldn't leave the bed and what a miserable time I had, enemas and what not. About May 20 (1944), I received 5 new stitches, and from then on until the wound was closed enough, only adhesive tape was used. Taunty Katie Vogel, a good old nurse, was very helpful; she was German and we had a few discussions.

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