Horace S. Fuson

News from those who are out there near the battle lines is always welcome to those of us who must stay behind, especially when they send back suggestions about ways we can be of service to those who are bearing the brunt of the burden, the men actually in combat. 

Lieutenant H. S. Fuson, Medical Corps, United States Naval Reserve, a well-known physician here who enlisted in the Navy about two years ago, has written to Nels Hanshus of Luther Hospital an interesting letter from somewhere in the South Pacific, in which he says, "Thank God for plasma and sulfanilimide. Keep the blood banks going." 

Here are extracts from his letter: 

"Several weeks have gone by since we have had any place in which we could mail a letter, but now we are again in a half-civilized part of the universe. Speaking of mail, I have not seen or heard of any mail in seven weeks. We just don't get any, but we all hope that tomorrow it will all catch up with us. 

"I have had some experiences which will never be forgotten. Two things primarily have stuck in my mind which I will never forget—one, I must say you people at home must be extraordinarily proud of these boys of ours. They have seen the real McCoy, have faced the old Nips, and can really take it. I am sure that our country has nothing to fear with its fate in their hands. We all must be very proud of them, and we must not forget that when this holocaust is over. Never in my life have I been so impressed with what our country means and represents to all of us. Secondly, a profound respect for our enemy, he is tough, tenacious, well-trained and equipped, and we are going to have to be behind the wheel in order to push this thing over. 

"At one time recently, I operated for 36 hours in a stretch, everything under the sun; cases which, at home, I would have been glad to see someone else have. Here there is no one else. I have learned a great deal. Thank God for plasma and sulfanilimide. Without them, our mortality would be 10 times as high as it is. Keep the old blood bank going. It has saved many lives and will restore our boys to us as useful citizens. 

"We all can't be in the front scenes and our families must be cared for in our absence." 

Also engaged in the work of mercy are the group of young men serving in the Hospital Corps of the Navy. A magazine published at U.S. Naval Hospital in Honolulu contains a picture of an Eau Claire boy demonstrating the Drinker type respirator known as the Iron Lung in the hospital. He is Roland Duane Herrick, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Herrick of this city, and he is better known by his nickname of Duke. He has recently been promoted to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class. 

A graduate of the Eau Claire High School, he attended State Teachers College and was also a radio announcer at station WEAU in this city, before entering the Navy on January 29, 1943. He received his basic training at Farragut, ID and was stationed for several months at the Naval Hospital in Seattle, before being transferred to Hawaii.

Mrs. H. S. Fuson left Thursday for San Francisco to meet her husband, Lieutenant Fuson of the Medical Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve, who is expected to arrive there soon, after serving for several months in the South Pacific. Mrs. Fuson took a plane from Minneapolis.

Lt. H. S. Fuson to Be Graduation Speaker  

Lieutenant H.S. Fuson, formerly a practicing physician and surgeon of Eau Claire, will be the speaker at the graduation of the Luther Hospital School of Nursing, here, Friday night.

Lieutenant Fuson, who has been attached to the Naval Air Station Hospital, Minneapolis, for several months, has been detached and ordered to an advance base hospital in the Pacific Theater. He is, at present, on leave in Eau Claire and expects to depart early next week for the West Coast for transportation outside the continental limits of the United States.

The doctor is a graduate of the University of Colorado Medical School and had his internship at St. Luke’s Hospital at Denver and part of his internship and residency at Luther Hospital here.

Since being called to active duty with the Navy in the summer of 1943, he has served at Naval Training Station, Great Lakes; Office of Naval Officer Procurement, Chicago; and the Naval Air Station in Minneapolis.

He will speak Friday night on Opportunities for Service.

Returns to the Pacific Theater After Visit Here
Lieutenant H.S. Fuson, United States Naval Reserve, formerly a practicing physician and surgeon in Eau Claire, has returned to the Pacific War Theater, after spending a 10-day furlough with his wife and son, Paul, in Eau Claire.  

Lieutenant Fuson was one of the first Eau Claire physicians to enter service and has been in the Navy for more than two years. He served at the Naval Training Station at Great Lakes Naval Training Station and Office of Naval Procurement, Chicago and Naval Air Station, Minneapolis, before being sent to the Pacific area.  

He has seen considerable action in the Pacific, including the invasion of the Marshall Islands and Saipan.