My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom

My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom

by Patrick Thibeault

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ISBN-13: 9781780965956
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 07/20/2012
Series: Osprey Digital Generals
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 971,795
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Patrick Thibeault has served in the US Army in various capacities since the 1990s, originally training as a Airborne soldier before specialising as a combat medic.

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My Journey as a Combat Medic: From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
a good, worthwhile read Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I found it interesting, I learned a lot, and I have a new respect for combat medics...for medics, in general. One word of advice, read the introduction by the author. Don't skip over it. This portion explains that the book is not told in chronological order but by experience. This information really helps the reader. I skipped over the introduction and then I was confused. Then, I read the introduction and the whole thing made sense! So, read the intro. The stories put me in the action and the experience with Patrick. These were real stories, real events, real feelings. I liked the advice that Mr. Thibeault gives at the end of the book for those thinking about becoming a medic in the armed forces. I also learned a lot about post-traumatic stress disorder.  All-in-all, this was a good, worthwhile read. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book if you like nonfiction/memoirs, true war stories, or if you want to be a medic in the armed forces. Will I read it again: I will not read this book again.
KilroyWasHere-org More than 1 year ago
Ok, OK, I know I rarely review (or even read) books other than those about WWII and Korea — that is where my historic expertise (such as it is) resides. But, being a former active duty Marine, I have a soft spot in my head for corpsmen. Marine corpsmen are Navy, and like Patrick, they are superb - one of the raisers of the flag in the iconic Iwo Jima picture is a corpsman. I was not disappointed. In this book, we go with Patrick from being a scared “wet-behind-the-ears medic” standing at the door of a jump plane to a seasoned Airborne Combat Corpsman. He describes helping people in need from “massive internal head damage” to a little girl who had been poisoned. He goes on to discuss Gulf War Syndrome as well as his own PTSD. Patrick finishes with advice to new combat corpsmen. This advice is some that should be read by everyone about to go in to combat. Skip the direct medical advice and listen to the overall message. Learning your job, equipment, buddies, as well as the that of your noncoms’, as well as your officers’ duties as best you can. With this in mind, you are more likely to complete your mission and survive. Thanks, Patrick. for a great read!
SugarSpiceATN More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be a very engaging first person narrative of a life most of us know little or nothing about. It is in fact the story of the unsung heroes who save the lives of those who save our lives and lifestyles.  Patrick Thibeault displays a passion for learning and an ongoing dedication to the army where he spent 22 years of his life. From Desert Storm to Operation Enduring Freedom his recollections depict his honest and sometimes gut wrenching stories of training and hard work. From an army perspective and a medical perspective, the ultimate result of all this work is his ability to help not only the allies but all who needed the ministrations of a medic. He relates helping not only the soldiers but children who were affected by these operations and on occasion their family, despite which side they fought on. Patrick’s insistence on professionalism and constant desire to learn are evident throughout the book. As he said “It is far better to have a skill and not use it than to have a situation and not have the skills to manage it”. I would say this book, My Journey As A Combat Medic, by Patrick Thibeault, was written straight from the heart of the author and delivered to the solar plexus of the reader. A book you will remember. 3.5 stars
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robert R. for Readers Favorite Patrick Thibeault’s book “My Journey as a COMBAT MEDIC” is an honest tale of a person who deeply loves his country and was proud to serve in the military and believed in the value of the wars he took part in. Yet, he questioned the dying and the killing as he saw his friends crippled and dead. Even his “enemies” were not mere statistics, but living and dying humans - like him. He brought “compassion and humanity” to the battles. Each chapter covers a specific component of what made the author’s journey so special. For example, in the first chapter he writes about the thrills and consequences of jumping out of an airplane. He loved the fear and adrenaline rush of becoming a paratrooper army medic. He had fun while being scared out of his mind. The book is not only about combat operations, but also on the training that soldiers go through to become a medic in the US Army. His basic training did not train him for combat because it was completed in 1989 - a relatively peaceful time. Medic training was more interesting and similar to the EMT training that firemen experience. Jump school was to fulfill a dream he had since he was six. Other schools followed like the one in Survival Training that prepared him for war. It is instructive to learn from a combat soldier what he experienced. In Kuwait he went from a newbie to an experienced medic. The duality of a man where he can be both destructive (killing) and compassionate (even caring for his enemies) was strongly felt by Patrick. Many soldiers, both in the active military and the reserve services, are often exposed to traumatic experiences in the realm of combat and, as a result, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Patrick writes about how he has dealt with this disorder and his homecoming. PSTD remains a daily struggle and we should be more aware of what so many of our service men and women endure - in silence and emotional pain.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I am not a military person, but I was taught to respect this country and those who have served it with unwavering courage and conviction. I can say that after reading this book, the author certainly fits into this category. This is a book that is simply a short memoir of his life as a combat medic. This is an extremely important position in the army, and I am sure it is one that is overlooked by the military outsider (like me). The writing is easy to read (though not a terribly exciting writing style, though I can forgive the author that). He is honest, and the stories he share stick with you. The pictures he shares truly make his experiences come alive. The profanity in the book is amazingly minimal--I would have expected more from a military person, but I'm glad he held back. This is a perfect book to read at a time in our nation's history when we are truly wavering. America is not the country it once was, but we are still a very blessed country. And the blessings we enjoy have come with a price. I want to thank Patrick Thibeault for bravely serving our country and writing this neat little book. My favorite portions of the book were the poems/songs he listed at the end of each chapter. I think he should release a CD to go with the CD so everyone could sing along! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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