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Paul Berry | 514th Ambulance Company, 36th Medical Battalion - Army

8:43   |   It was a bad sandstorm. It blew away all the tents and injured one soldier's cornea. For Paul Berry it was just another fact of life in the desert, like scorpions. His ambulance company was the designated "dirty" company that kept going in case of a chemical or nuclear attack and, as the youngest private, he had a special duty that no one would want. (Caution: strong language)

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Videos ( 16 )
  • Paul Berry  |  Other  |  Multiple Units  |  10:07

    Education is something that Paul Berry eagerly embraced in the Army. It got him cushy jobs and kept him out of dirty ones. Especially valuable was the esoteric science known as typing. He also absorbed all the medical knowledge and skills that he could.

  • Paul Berry  |  Other  |  Multiple Units  |  3:29

    Paul Berry was at Fort Polk opening his clinic at 0600. It was just a normal day until someone yelled to put the TV on CNN. As people gathered, the second plane struck the Twin Towers. Then the alarms began to sound around the base. He heard the Sgt. Major yell to get your gear on. Our gear? What are we going to do?

  • Paul Berry  |  Other  |  Multiple Units  |  7:07

    When Paul Berry was driving an ambulance in Saudi Arabia during Desert Storm, he had an accident and flipped it over. He was not injured, he thought, and it would be three years before a problem with his neck was discovered. This would eventually cause him to leave the Army.

  • Paul Berry  |  Other  |  Multiple Units  |  7:51

    Paul Berry reflects on what it was like to be gay in the Army. It was not easy, with the witch hunts and the gossip. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was supposed to stop some of that but, in his experience, it didn't help much. He did get a measure of revenge against two NCO's who assaulted him. (Caution: strong language)

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